Biennale Venice 2015

November 30, 2015

Venice, Venedig, Venezia… One of my favourite cities! And I’m lucky. From Graz we’re able to take the train to beautiful Italy. I visited the city about 10 times in my life and it’s always lovely to come back and learn more about the city, explore the little streets and canals, get lost and find the prettiest parts of the city by accident… But I especially enjoyed this time. Visiting Venice with my boyfriend. We wanted to see the Biennale as we are both interested in arts. I already attended the Biennale two years ago with art school which was great because we got all of the background information. But I have to admit I preferred this time, walking around with no plan, getting gravitated towards certain pieces you like best and just exploring these new and modern paintings, videos, photographs and sculptures and being able to talk about it with someone who likes it as much as you do. My favourite pieces were definitely the paintings in the Romanian pavilion. Particularly the alienated portrait and the fact that one of the figures wore Nike free runs. The Japanese pavilion was very impressing as well. The artist hang up numerous old keys using red threads creating something that reminded me of a spider web. The British pavilion was a bit, let’s say unusual, considering the fact that the artist created sculptures that had cigarettes in their butts. But I liked her thought behind the work: ‘Humour is about negotiating the contradictions thrown up by convention. To a certain extent humour and seriousness are interchangeable. Otherwise it wouldn’t be funny. Or devastating.’ – Sarah Lucas. And that’s what art is about after all, isn’t it?