Attention all contemporary art lovers! There are just over eight weeks left to catch the Venice Art Biennale before it ends on 26th November – so if you haven’t already done so, we recommend booking your flights now…
As well as the main Biennale sites at the Giardini and Arsenale, there are dozens of other excellent exhibitions and installations scattered around the city, including one of our favourite collateral events, “The Court of Redonda” – a solo show by British artist and Royal Academician Stephen Chambers.
Staged within the beautiful piano nobile rooms of Ca’ Dandolo, the exhibition features 101 colourful and humorous portraits depicting characters from an imaginary court of artists, writers, filmmakers and thinkers – based on a legendary tale involving the West Indian island of Redonda. Alongside these portraits, the show features three large canvases titled State of the Nation, which Chambers made before, during and after Britain’s referendum vote. Depicting a rider falling from his horse, the paintings “hint at the precarious state of the modern world” and reveal a Brexit-related subtext to the accompanying portraits – suggesting that a concept, such as the court of Redonda or the EU, has the potential to unite people outside of location or law.
“The Court of Redonda” is on view at Ca’ Dandolo, San Polo 2879, 30100 Venice, until 26th November 2017.