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Venice Biennale 2011

Vogalonga 2011 – ASPIRATIONS was there!


The Vogalonga is one of the most important event in Venice. It is not a competitive race and there are no winners. Almost all rowed or paddled boats can participate, and there’s even a separate category for kayaks.

The Vogalonga originated 36 years ago with the aim of making Venetians aware of the problem of swell created by engine-powered boats, thanks to the initiative of a group of Venetians who were lovers of rowing and of the traditions of the “Serenissima”. Since then the number of participants, especially from abroad, has continued to grow, with entries totaling up to 1500 boats.

The 2011 edition has taken place on Sunday June 12, and ASPIRATIONS’ Team has been able to watch this colorful happening from its great House terrace in Riva Schiavoni.

In the morning a large number of boats of every type and shape gathered in St. Mark’s Basin opposite the Doge’s Palace to await the start; they then set off on a roughly 30 kilometer long course that winded its way among the lagoon islands before returning to Venice along the Rio di Cannaregio to finish at the Punta della Dogana.

According to Vogalonga tradition, those who are not able to do all the 30 km, are used to organize large tables on the banks of the canals, terraces, roof terraces and wait for their friends to celebrate their transition to offering a good glass of wine.

Venice in Venice

Venice in Venice kayaks aka gondolasThis week, after the craziness of the vernissage of the Biennale, we are exploring in more depth the amazing art works of over 200 artists and individual installations. The city of Venice is a true treasure hunt of spectacular (and not so spectacular) works from all over the world. One of my favorites is “Venice in Venice”

Barry X Ball at Ca’ Rezzonico

In conjunction with the 54th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, Ca’ Rezzonico presents Portraits and Masterpieces, a solo show of American sculptor Barry X Ball.
Ball’s work incorporates both the traditional and the contemporary, directly engaging the history of art while stretching the boundaries of technique.

Portraits and Masterpieces will be the largest exhibition of the artist’s work to date, with 24 sculptures loaned from collections in the U.S. and Europe installed in 19 rooms on three floors. The sculptures have been carefully selected to interact with particular Ca’ Rezzonico room environments, creating a lush progression of site-specific installations. Two of the works in the exhibition, Purity and Envy, were inspired by the Baroque-era sculptures in the permanent collection of the museum: Antonio Corradini’s Dama Velata and Giusto Le Court’s La Invidia. Also included will be the artist’s monumental Sleeping Hermaphrodite (realized with the cooperation of the Musée du Louvre in Paris), a selection of his portrait sculptures, and three works from his Scholars’ Rocks series.

An accompanying book, published by Charta Editions of Milan, will include photographs of Ball’s sculptures at Ca’ Rezzonico, an interview, and essays by several leading international scholars and critics including Jean-Pierre Criqui, Mario Diacono, Elena Forin, Laura Mattioli, Bob Nickas, Gianluca Poldi, and Giandomenico Romanelli.

Ca’ Rezzonico is located at Dorsoduro 3136, 30123 Venice – vaporetto stop Ca’ Rezzonico.

Dmitri Prigov Opening May 31st 2011, 6pm-9pm

We are glad to inform you that ASPIRATIONS will visit Dmitri Prigov’s Exhibition Opening at Ca’ Foscari Esposizioni during the Venice Biennale.
The exhibition will include pictures, autographs and other items from the archive of Dmitri Prigov. The Catalogue of the Exhibition will be presented during the Preview, on Tuesday May 31, 2011, 6 pm, at Ca’ Foscari Esposizioni, Dorsoduro 3246, Venice.
ASPIRATIONS will blog about this amazing upcoming event… Follow us!

Dmitri Prigov Venice Biennale 2011