LUXUS: VENICE PAVILION SHOWCASES THE CITY’S FINEST LUXURY BRANDS
If you’re planning to visit the Biennale any time before the end of November, don’t forget to call in to the actual Venice Pavilion – which this year is shining a spotlight on the city’s long-standing tradition of luxury craftsmanship.
For many centuries, Venice was one of the world’s most important centres for the luxury goods trade. A man-made city that produced no natural resources of its own, it relied on manufacture – and as a key stop on the Silk and Spice Routes, it was renowned around the globe as a place where the finest goods were made and marketed – ranging from velvet to glass, lace, perfume, paintings and beyond. As one visitor wrote in 1494, “indeed it seems as if the whole world flocks there, and the human beings have concentrated all their force for trading.”
Today Venice continues to uphold its great heritage of high-end artistic craftsmanship, as illustrated by the Venice Pavilion, which is paying homage to some of the city’s most celebrated luxury brands that are still highly sought-after in the 21st Century. Amongst the brands being showcased in the Pavilion are Nardi jewels, Antonia Sautter couture, Orsoni mosaics, Abate Zanetti glass, The Merchant of Venice perfumes, Rene Caovilla fine footwear and Rubelli Venezia – whose exquisite hand-woven fabrics adorn many of the properties in the Venice Sotheby’s International Realty portfolio.
PLUS: OPEN TABLE LUNCHES AT THE VENICE BIENNALE
This year’s Biennale has been described by the organisers as “a Biennale designed with artists, by artists and for artists, about the forms they propose, the questions they ask, the practices they develop and the ways of life they choose.” To allow the public to discover more about some of the artists involved, the Biennale is hosting bi-weekly “Open Table” events, where artists meet visitors over a casual lunch to hold a lively conversation about their practice. If you’re coming to Venice this summer, why not get involved? Events are held every Friday and Saturday in the Biennale’s Arsenale and Giardini sites – not far from our light and airy Corderie Palazzo in Castello. Places at the Open Tables can be reserved by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can watch the discussions via a live-stream on the Biennale website: www.labiennale.org