The Venice Biennale is simply the grandest art event on earth. It was the first of its kind to exist, and pulls artists, art lovers and art collectors from all over the planet and it’s there that you will find the best exhibits of Venice. There will be participating 139 artists from 53 countries.
With “Canadassimo,” guest curator Marie Fraser conceived a fun and colorful exhibition that pokes fun at blind consumerism and the unnecessary accumulation of objects
Sarah Lucas’s “I SCREAM DADDIO” is an exciting and irreverent combination of her usual topics – the body and quotidian – and gender themes, all brought into a new realm of art forms.
“Why Look at Animals? AGRIMIKÁ” is the name of the Greek exhibition in which artist Maria Papadimitriou has almost entirely recreated a shop that sells animal hides and leather in the city of Volos.
This year, the Belgian pavilion refused a traditional national format and instead chose to present “Personne et Les Autres” – a bullish international group show that challenges Eurocentric views on art.
The large-scale photo of topless men at the entrance of the pavilion already gives the feeling of entering a more open China, taken from Wen Hui’s documentary about contemporary dance involving farmers from a poor rural area.
Iceland (Santa Maria della Misericordia)
This incredible piece of interventionist art – simply called “The Mosque” – was brought to the Biennale with the aid of the Muslim communities of both Venice and Reykjavik (where there is an ongoing campaign to build the city’s first mosque).
My East is Your West (Palazzo Benzon)
This is surely the triumphant surprise of the Biennale. The group show not only manages to unite India and Pakistan (two notoriously antagonistic nations) through art, but it does so with a jaw-dropping installation that explores the very essence of a divided people.
Iran (Calle San Giovanni)
Walking through the Iranian pavilion (housed in a Cannaregio warehouse) is like taking a trip from the Middle East to India, right through Central Asia, and there’s a wealth of artworks in this group show that deal with both local and global issues – all without excessive finger-wagging. Among older and newer works you’ll find Pakistani Bani Abidi’s print installation Security Barriers A-L.
Be sure to visit this exhibitions during Venice Biennale 2015!