5 Exhibitions You Should See at Venice Biennale

Arts & CultureMay 10, 2017
5 Exhibitions You Should See at Venice Biennale

We’re counting down to the opening of 57th Venice Biennale on May 13!

The international art exhibition, directed by Paolo Baratta and curated by Christine Macel, will be open for visit until November 26. You’ve packed your bag but still have no idea which exhibitions/pavilions to visit? Then let’s take a look at our picks.

Who: Damien Hirst, Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable

Where: Punta della Dogana and Palazzo Grassi

Why: Damien Hirst’s exhibition comprises 250 underwater sculptures, and has already divided the group of critics in two. Maybe Hirst wouldn’t be on the list if he weren’t such a contradictive and sensational name.

Who: Phyllida Barlow

Where: British Pavilion, Giardini di Castello

Why: Barlow’s sculptures and installations made of cardboard, plaster, cement, fabric and paint change and challenge the space at the same time.

Who: Kader Attia

Where: Arsenale

Why: The recipient of Marcel Duchamp Award in 2016, the French-Algerian artist makes large-scale architectural installations that are hard to remain indifferent to. Who wouldn’t be curious as to what she’d display at Arsenale’s giant industrial space?

Who: Cevdet Erek, ÇIN

Where: Arsenale

Why: Known for his works with sounds, Cevdet Erek’s installation ÇIN (specifically put together for this venue) tries to explore the venue’s poetic and political visages through.

Who: James Lee Byars, The Golden Tower

Where: Campo San Vio, Dorsoduro

Why: It’s hard to miss a 20-meter-tall golden tower but it would be wrong not to talk about James Lee Byars’s work which was first displayed in Berlin in 1990. We cannot wait to see the tower which will feature the reflections of the mosaics of the adjacent Palazzo Barbarigo.

Author: Gamze Kantarcıoğlu