Friday, 18 October 2013

Venice Biennale

We returned from the Venice Biennale in the early hours of this morning. Quite a varied selection of work, but the first piece we saw was Marc Quinn’s ‘Alison Lapper pregnant’ on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore opposite Saint Mark’s square. This version is not a sculpture, as it was on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square in London, but a huge inflatable. It looked very solid from a distance though and stood out clearly in front of the church of San Giorgio, even though it was a misty day. As we looked at it a huge cruise ship sailed round the island in front of us like a moving wall of apartments. This experience made us appreciate Jeremy Deller’s ‘We sit starving amidst our gold’ which depicts William Morris bodily throwing a huge yacht into the lagoon, which we saw later in the Great Britain pavilion.

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