See Our 27 Favorite Images of Art at The 56th Venice Biennale

Our favorite shots of work by Simon Denny, Vik Muniz, and Sarah Lucas and much, much more.

Phoot: @verandamag

As those of you following along from home know, it’s been an action-packed week of art, parties, and even an accidental dip into the canal in Venice at the 56th Biennale (see Venice Partygoers Fall Into Canal On Their Way to Fondazione Prada).

While not everyone was a fan of the art or the subject matter (see Okwui Enwezor’s 56th Venice Biennale Is Morose, Joyless, and Ugly, Playing Politics: JJ Charlesworth on Why Art World Hypocrisy Stars at the 56th Venice Biennale), most people appear to have been able to push past it all in search of a good time (see The Most Outlandish Things Seen at the 56th Venice Biennale So Far). Great food, beautiful weather, and scenic boat rides will do that to you.

If your Instagram feed is too overwhelming (or FOMO-inducing) to handle, but you’re craving a glimpse of the action, you’re in luck, because we’ve handpicked some of our favorite photographs from the sun-soaked week on the canals.

Hito Steyerl at the German Pavilion.Photo: Job Piston.

Hito Steyerl at the German Pavilion.
Photo: Job Piston.

Hito Steyerl, Factory of the Sun at the German Pavilion.

 

Jeremy Deller. Photo: Job Piston

Jeremy Deller.
Photo: Job Piston

Jeremy Deller, Factory Records at the Central Pavilion.

 

"Your first step into the #Arsenale is a stunner from #artworld #giant Bruce Nauman. Text based #neon from 1972-80s. I am of course too #innocent to #understand these #words and will leave it in your capable #hands #VeniceBiennale #art #artist #artlover #culture #artoftheday #text #language #contemporaryart #word #contemporaryart #master #usa #Venice" - @culturerow

“Your first step into the #Arsenale is a stunner from #artworld #giant Bruce Nauman. Text based #neon from 1972-80s. I am of course too #innocent to #understand these #words and will leave it in your capable #hands” – @culturerow

Bruce Nauman at the Arsenale.

 

John Akomfrah. Photo: Job Piston

John Akomfrah.
Photo: Job Piston

John Akomfrah, Vertigo Sea in the Central Pavilion.

 

"Looking up at the Punta Della Dogana" - @noreenkahmad

“Looking up at the Punta Della Dogana” – @noreenkahmad

An elaborate chandelier at the Punta della Dogana building.

 

"Double #artselfie with #PetahCoyne in her blown-glass installation "Mirror Mirror," made with artisans in Murano, in #Glassstress #VeniceBiennale" - @robincembalest

“Double #artselfie with #PetahCoyne in her blown-glass installation “Mirror Mirror,” made with artisans in Murano, in #Glassstress #VeniceBiennale” – @rcembalest

Petah Coyne Mirror, Mirror installation in Murano.

 

"Masterpieces at #AustralianPavilion, "All the King's men", #FionaHall 2015 (knitted military uniforms). #EarlymorningatGiardini #VeniceBiennale" - @giovannileonardobassan

“Masterpieces at #AustralianPavilion, “All the King’s men”, #FionaHall 2015 (knitted military uniforms). #EarlymorningatGiardini #VeniceBiennale” – @giovannileonardobassan

Fiona Hall, All The King’s Men at the Australian Pavilion.

 

"Katharina Grosse at #Arsenale #katarinagrosse" - @leparadox

“Katharina Grosse at #Arsenale #katarinagrosse” – @leparadox

Katharina Grosse, Untitled Trumpet at the Arsenale.

 

"Eva & Adele exhibition opening with SWATCH + Faces 2015! #eva&adele #swatch #swatchfaces #venicebiennale" - @vasilitsereteli

“Eva & Adele exhibition opening with SWATCH + Faces 2015! #eva&adele #swatch #swatchfaces #venicebiennale” – @vasilitsereteli

Eva & Adele SWATCH + Faces exhibition.

 

"Anna Boghiguian, Ani, 2015, for Armenity, in the #ArmenianPavilion #Venicebiennale via @artforum #bethechange #art #artist #politics #Egypt #plants #annaboghiguian #shebuilds #womeninarchitecture #arts #design" - @architexx_xx

“Anna Boghiguian, Ani, 2015, for Armenity, in the #ArmenianPavilion #Venicebiennale via @artforum #bethechange #art #artist #politics #Egypt #plants #annaboghiguian #shebuilds #womeninarchitecture #arts #design” – @architexx_xx

Anna Boghiguian, Armenity at the Armenian Pavilion.

 

"#ShilpaGupta at #MyEastIsYourWest at #PalazzoBenzon #biennaledivenezia #venicebiennale" - @frederic_net

“#ShilpaGupta at #MyEastIsYourWest at #PalazzoBenzon #biennaledivenezia #venicebiennale” – @frederic_net

Shilpa Gupta, My East is Your West at Palazzo Benzon.

 

Vik Muniz, Lampedusa Photo: via Instagram/@creativetimenyc.

Vik Muniz, Lampedusa
Photo: via Instagram/@creativetimenyc.

Vik Muniz‘s Lampedusa—the art world’s version of the gondola (see Why Does Vik Muniz’s Giant Paper Boat for the Venice Biennale Trivialize Europe’s Migrant Crisis?).

 

Photo: via Instagram/ @atpdiary.

Photo: via Instagram/ @atpdiary.

Simon Denny, Secret Power at the New Zealand Pavilion.

 

Photo: via Instagram/ @yvonneforce.

Photo: via Instagram/ @yvonneforce.

Vanessa Beecroft installation at the Italian Pavilion.

 

Sarah Lucas, I SCREAM DADDIO, Installation View, British Pavilion 2015Photo: Cristiano Corte © British Council

Sarah Lucas, I SCREAM DADDIO, Installation View, British Pavilion 2015
Photo: Cristiano Corte © British Council

Sarah LucasI Scream Daddio at the British Pavilion.

 

Marina Abramovic, Miranda Mirianashvili, and Maria Baibakova. Photo: via Instagram/@baibakovaart.

Marina Abramovic, Miranda Mirianashvili, and Maria Baibakova.
Photo: via Instagram/@baibakovaart.

Marina Abramovic, Miranda Mirianashvili, and Maria Baibakova at a party.

 

Eva and Adele at the British Pavilion. Photo: via Instagram/ @katarinaschwarz9.

Eva and Adele at the British Pavilion.
Photo: via Instagram/ @katarinaschwarz9.

An Eve and Adele sighting at the British Pavilion.

 

Cate Blanchett at the Australian Pavilion. Photo: via Instagram/@theartnewspaper.official.

Cate Blanchett at the Australian Pavilion.
Photo: via Instagram/@theartnewspaper.official.

Cate Blanchett is glamorous in green at the Australian Pavilion.

 

Gavin Brown (center) and friends. Photo: via Instagram/@Andrearosengal.

Gavin Brown (center) and friends.
Photo: via Instagram/@Andrearosengal.

Gavin Brown goofs off.

 

"Lili Reynaud Dewar, My Epidemic (Small Bad Blood Opera), 2015. All the World's Future, 56. #VeniceBiennale" - @kunstkritikk

“Lili Reynaud Dewar, My Epidemic (Small Bad Blood Opera), 2015. All the World’s Future, 56. #VeniceBiennale” – @kunstkritikk

Lili Reynaud Dewar, My Epidemic (Small Bad Blood Opera) in the Arena.

 

"#chiharusiota #japan #pavilion #VeniceBiennale #keyinhand #gioppone" - @lapislazulibbl

“#chiharusiota #japan #pavilion #VeniceBiennale #keyinhand #gioppone” – @lapislazulibbl

Photo: Job Piston

Photo: Job Piston

Chiharu Shiota, The Key in the Hand at the Japanese Pavilion.

 

"I survived Uncle Rob's Flea Market! #robpruitt #fearlessleader #fleamarket #venice #venezia #biennale #biennale2015 #venicebiennale #ApiuA" - @marina_allora_rotondo

“I survived Uncle Rob’s Flea Market! #robpruitt #fearlessleader #fleamarket #venice #venezia #biennale #biennale2015 #venicebiennale #ApiuA” – @marina_allora_rotondo

Rob Pruitt’s Flea Market.

 

"#pamelarosenkranz at the #swisspavillion #venicebiennale2015" - @mrmattiadeluca

“#pamelarosenkranz at the #swisspavillion #venicebiennale2015” – @mrmattiadeluca

Pamela Rosenkranz, Our Product at the Swiss Pavilion.

 

"Sean Lynch, Adventure: Capital, #IrishPavilion, 56. #VeniceBiennale" - @kunstkritikk

“Sean Lynch, Adventure: Capital, #IrishPavilion, 56. #VeniceBiennale” – @kunstkritikk

Sean Lynch, Adventure: Capital at the Irish Pavilion.

 

"Vincent J. F. Huang at Tuvalu Pavillion #biennale2015 #biennalearte2015 #VeniceBiennale" - @artruby

“Vincent J. F. Huang at Tuvalu Pavillion #biennale2015 #biennalearte2015 #VeniceBiennale” – @artruby

Vincent J.F Huang at the Tuvalu Pavilion.


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