Going, going gone: in less than 3 weeks, the 2017 Venice Art Biennale will come to an end, after an epic six month run than has drawn thousands of art aficionados from all over the world. Before we say farewell to our favourite art festival for another two years, we’ve picked our top three pavilions around the city:
REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA: Displayed across two historic locations – the Collegio Armeno Moorat-Raphael at Palazzo Zenobio and Chiesa di Santa Croce degli Armeni – this year’s Armenian Pavilion features a powerful series of work by Jean Boghossian, an artist who uses fire as his artistic language, and a blowtorch flame as his brush. Titled “Fiamma Inestinguibile”, the exhibition displays the results of the artist’s radical experiments with diverse techniques and materials including flames, smoke, pigments and water.
Palazzo Ca’ Zenobio, Dorsoduro 2596,
Chiesa di Santa Croce degli Armeni, Rio Terrà de la Colonne 1059
AZERBAIJAN: Housed in Palazzo Lezze in Campo Santo Stefano, the Azerbaijan Pavilion presents an exhibition titled “Under One Sun. The Art of Living Together”, focusing on the country’s cultural, ethical and religious diversity. The ground floor displays a thought-provoking video work featuring interviews with representatives of twenty ethnic minorities, all speaking their own individual languages in parallel with each other. Upstairs we find an installation constructed from traditional Azerbaijan instruments in the form of a rainbow, alluding to the common and unifying language of music.
Palazzo Lezze, Campo Santo Stefano, San Marco 2949
ANTIGUA & BARBUDA: Situated in the 15th century monastery Don Orione Artigianelli, this exhibition represents the first time that Antigua and Barbuda have participated in the Venice Biennale. Titled “The Last Universal Man”, it showcases the work of Frank Walker (1926-2009) – a remarkable painter, writer, environmentalist, musician and philosopher who was one of the Caribbean’s most complex and prolific artists. Presented as a kind of Antiguan cabinet of curiosities, and a microcosm of Walter’s world, the pavilion shows the encyclopedic range of his interests including identity, memory, social justice and the environment, and reveals him as the quintessential Vitruvian man.
Centro Culturale Don Orione Artigianelli, Fondamenta Nani, Dorsoduro 947