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Re: A review of La Biennale di Venezia 2003 or the 50th Venice Bi...
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From: Will
Category: Exhibitions
Date: 23 August 2003

Review

I was at the press opening of this years Bienale. IT SUCKED!!!! i was so incredibly disapointed. First i went to the Arsenale. It was like a joke. All the work was so un-interesting and way too conceptual. There was nothing VISUAL! I was expecting this to be a exhibition of VISUAL ART. All the exhibits in the Arsenale were very sterile and totaly boring visualy and conceptualy. After this I went to the pavilions. I was again incredibly disapointed. while walking through all the pavilions I started to think that the same "artist" represented every country. Every pavilion had black felt covered walls and really dull, ridiculous video instilations. It was frustrating. The paintings and drawings I saw were also very disapointing. It seems to me that these artists have totaly lost all intrest in THE VISUAL and have become too involoved with their ideas and concepts. there should be an elegant balance between the visual aspects of a work and the concepts of the work. (Please excuse my bad spelling) A great example of this balance was the AUSTIRAN Pavilion. I expected this pavilion to be as sterile as all the others, but it wasn't at all. Bruno Girocoli's sculptures were INCREDIBLE. They are totaly new, totaly visual and intelectual. His work was the only work in this show that was worth looking at. his sculptures are like from another world. The material, colors, ideas, and techniques in his work breath the air of art. Austria should be very proud. I left the pavilions with only Bruno Gironcoli's sculptures in my mind. the currator of this show should never work again! I hope that other people speak up about the poor quality of this show. As a Visual Artist myself i felt totaly insulted by this show. the Venice Bienalle is supposed to show viewers the best of the art world. Whatever happened to VISUAL ART?

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