VENICE DIARIES PART 1 – Arrival & “Personal Structures/Eternal Love” exhibitions
Excitement builds as we fly over beautiful Italy heading towards Venice. On arrival I travel to Rialto Bridge from the airport by water bus. Listened to Joanna Newsom on the hour crossing and enjoyed feeling the spray of sea water through the boats high windows.
Approaching Rialto bridge and everything is just stunning! Every bridge we pass under is achingly romantic. Venice is truly magical! Getting off the boat and walking down my first street I can’t stop smiling.
Arriving after 6pm I didn’t expect to see any art exhibitions today but I got lucky as the collateral event Personal Structures was open until 7pm and was right nearby the Rialto bridge in a stunning building called the Palazzo Bembo. The exhibition upstairs present 28 different artists including Marina Abramovic, Carl Andre, and Johannes Giradoni (see here for full list of artists) and is curated by Karlyn De Jongh & Sarah Gold.
For me what was most enjoyable was the solo exhibition on Wolfgang Joop, Eternal Love that was showing simultaneously in the lower part of the palazzo. This was curated by the director of the Ludwig Museum, Dr. Beate Reifenscheid, and presented an arresting combination of sculptures in marble and metal alongside 2D works wall objects in fabrics and paper.