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Report 1968: A Month in Venice

By BJinNM from New Mexico, Fall 2011

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Page 18 of 28: October 21, 2011 The Biennale; or, What in the World is That!!

photo by BJ Firestone

Biennale Exhibit

Today we decided to go to the Biennale. The Biennale is an exhibit of art held in odd years. I believe there is one in even years with music. The exhibitors are from all around the world with each country having a permanent building and also some chosen artists exhibiting in the main building. Most of the exhibits are in the Giardini Pubblici or Public Gardens at the eastern end of Castello. There are also exhibits all through Venice. I believe I mentioned that I like modern art, that it is, in fact, my favorite kind of art. But what we saw today was so much more radical and strange that I don't even know how to began to describe it. We did like a few of the pavilions but, on the whole, the other twenty or so we were able to get to left us cold. Not only did we not understand what the artists were trying to accomplish, we weren't even sure where the hype ended and art began.

Since we just got back from Osteria da Alberto, we will once again share our dinner with you. We started out with a warm octopus salad, moved onto a seppia (cuttlefish) in black ink risotto and then shared a secondo of rare grilled beef slices with eggplant, tomatoes and mozzarella. We finished up with a lemon and almond tort. This is our second visit here this trip and da Alberto still rates as one of our favorite restaurants.

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