Venice Confessions

Venice Confessions The Axisweb confession box at the Artists Pavilion

Welcome to our Venice Confession Box where visitors to the Venice Biennale 2013 were able to share their art tips, practical suggestions and confess their bad preview week behaviour. Of course we have kept our contributors identities' a secret, but you know who you are! 


Here are the best responses we had from the confession box in no particular order...

I’d like to confess:
Falling into the canal after Jeremy Deller’s after party.

What really annoys me about the Venice Biennale is:
The lack of refreshment stops in the Arsenale. The bars are too small so the queues are massive and new staff who don’t know what they are doing take ages to make a coffee.

If I was curating my own Pavilion I would show the work of: 
Owen Griffiths

I’d like to confess:
I told one of the organisers of the British Pavilion that the show was crap.

Danae

Danae, by Vadim Zakharov, representing Russia in the Giardini

I’d like to confess:
To liking, no, loving simple, beautiful ethereal art.

If I was curating my own Pavilion I would show the work of:
Richard HiglettHelen SearAnthony ShaplandRebecca SpoonerPaul EmmanuelMichael Cousin.

What really annoys me about the Venice Biennale is: 
The exclusive parties everywhere where you can only wear ‘Tom Ford black’ and are not allowed to even breathe nearby if you are not invited!

My top tip for visiting this year’s Biennale is:
Don't waste your time on the Russian Pavilion. The installation/performance was so pompous! I hate art that moralises about greed and ‘demagoguery’ which has clearly been made by a megalomaniac with a huge budget.

My top tip for visiting this year’s Biennale is:
New Zealand is pretty stunning. Get off the vaporetto at San Marco and it is nearby on the right. Also, go to San Giorgio to see the Mark Quinn and Fragile? exhibitions.

Canal

'I'd like to confess: falling into the canal after Jeremy Deller's after party'. 

I’d like to confess:
I jumped over the wall to get into the Giardini preview. This involved trying to look cool whilst sat in a flower bed in my best dress. I also stole a postcard and a loo roll (desperate times).

My top tip for visiting this year’s Biennale is:
Take rollerskates so you can speed through the Arsenale, there is just so much to see! (Then go back and spend some quality time with a small number of key works).

I’d like to confess:
I actually liked Sarah Lucas’ sculptures in the Central Pavilion. They work so well in cast bronze, it gives them a more magical quality. I usually don’t like her work at ALL.

What really annoys me about the Venice Biennale is: 
Queueing for everything, especially pavilions in the Giardini; mosquitoes; getting lost all the time.

My favourite Pavilion is:
Wales (but I’m biased), and Serbia (so far).

What really annoys me about the Venice Biennale is: 
Having to race around trying to see everything, and then after you think you’ve done really well and been to a million pavilions and collateral events, you find out that you missed the Lithuanian pavilion and it turns out that it was so good it won a prize!

My top tip for visiting this year’s Biennale is:
Wear Sunglasses.

 


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