Venice Biennale of Art – 1 June – 24 November 2013
Venice Biennale 2013 (La Biennale di Venezia) is the closest thing art has to the Olympics. The 55th International Art Exhibition attempts to capture the rich diversity of the art-world, with all it’s unexpected sights and sounds. Established in 1895, the Venice Biennale is the oldest and most important event on the international contemporary visual arts calendar. It is also the world’s largest non-commercial art exhibition, and this year it features shows from 88 countries across the entire city. More than 150 artists are taking part in the Biennale, and the event attracts more than 350,000 world-wide visitors – from artists, art-lovers and collectors.
Perspectives, by John Pawson, Basilica di San Giorgio Maggiore
Minimalist architect John Pawson has once again partnered with Swarovski to create ‘Lens’, first seen at the London Design Festival in 2011 and last week housed in the incredible setting of the Basilica di San Giorgio Maggiore. The crystal lens, the largest of its type in the world, harnessed the Vitruvian energy of Palladio’s renaissance building with mesmerising faculty.
Photograph: Gilbert McCarragher