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Nations and Illuminations

Two vaporetto stops from the Piazza San Marco and its maddening crowds, junk souvenirs made in China and glowing heat, we land at the Giardini and the site of the Venice Biennale. The entrance beckons at the end of a wide gravel corridor, under the shade of hundred-year-old sycamore trees and past well-laid-out flower beds. […]

Wiener Secession Meets Venice at the Biennale 2011

Salzburg-born Markus Schinwald has been chosen to represent Austria at the 54th Venice Biennale, with the planned opening of the Austrian Pavilion set for Jun. 2. As is traditional, Austria, with a €400,000 budget for the conception, organization, and implementation of the exhibition, will be represented in 2011 by a single artist, exhibiting at the […]

Donnersmarck – Lite

Following his lauded Oscar-winning debut The Lives of Others and getting every offer imaginable from Hollywood, German writer-director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck chose as his follow-up a very different type of film. Shot in Paris and Venice, The Tourist  is a big-budget, studio extravaganza that unites, for the first time, two of Hollywood’s biggest names […]

Venice Under Water

Venice Under Water

In Italy for the second time in three weeks, I still had yet to see the sun.  For my last traveling weekend in Europe, I had decided on Venice, the city of canals, boats and pedestrians, and almost no cars: to me the very idea of such a city existing seemed like an oxymoron. Of […]

Festa Venezia

Festa Venezia

My first Italian adventure to Venice was full of surprises. After a restless sleep, a 1,5-hour pit stop in Salzburg and a lot of entertaining stories, we finally arrived in the “City of Bridges” – or at least somewhere near it – and stood in a cold rain to catch a bus to the Camping […]

The 52nd Art Biennale Venice: Present Tense

The 52nd Art Biennale Venice: Present Tense

From June until early November, the 52nd Venice Art Biennale is again dominating the city. This is a much anticipated event in the art world, a showcase for a global selection of top contemporary artists. It’s a kind of pilgrimage, the opportunity for true believers to explore, react, reject and embrace ideas through works by […]

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