Venice Biennale of Art – 9 May – 22 November 2015
Venice Biennale 2015 (La Biennale di Venezia) is the closest thing art has to the Olympics. The 56th 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.
‘Two Days After Forever’ by Christodoulos Panayiotou, Cyprus
Archeology, traditional Cypriot pottery and sign painting meet conceptual art in this elegant little palazzo, where the artist has subtly reworked windows, floors and other architectural features to marvelous effect. Stone mosaics, with tiles borrowed from a museum in Nicosia or depicting weeds found on the same archeological sites, look at home next to the addition of terracotta pots and floors, adding a layer of meaning to each room. Elsewhere, Panayiotou has remade the cheap knock-off designer bags sold on the streets of Venice into beautiful custom-made men’s shoes (pictured) and, in a final financial flourish, he’s shredded millions of old Cypriot bills, using defunct paper money that went out of service when the country entered the Eurozone in 2008.
Photographs & text: Wallpaper