Viva Italia! The world is your art oyster every two years in Venice as a result of the Venice Biennale. The big decision each go-round for me is whether to attend the previews and catch the magnificent parties or wait it out for when it’s not total insanity. Venice is beautiful, but let’s be real for a second—the water taxi situation is not my cup of tea. I mean, is it my awful sense of direction or do you have the same issue? I can’t even count the number of times I have discovered I am going in the wrong direction after I am a half hour into my adventure. And, for a city that is almost too touristy for me to handle, the taxi gentlemen look at me like I have two heads when I make what I imagine are common inquiries like, “Do you go to the Arsenale?” Thankfully, the art immersion gets me past the inconveniences. Also, that little Prada store on San Marco with “blister free” shoes that I never see anywhere else in the world doesn’t hurt either. Anywho, I left the last Biennale determined to attack the 56th and its collateral events in one day. Hence, in our “Art and Italy” week, I am excited to share with you an edited guide to the best of the Venice Biennale, a visit with Francesco Vezzoli, Antony Gormley in Florence, Venice foodie finds, and explore how contemporary artists are influenced by the Old Masters.

 

56th Venice Biennale: The Collectista Edit

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Throwback Thursday: Reexamining Francesco Vezzoli

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Antony Gormley Is Only Human

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Foodie Finds: Best Restaurants in Venice

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History Repeating Itself: The Old Masters Influencing Contemporary Artists

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