Collateral Events and Para-Pavilions: 54th Venice Biennale

Collateral events, para-pavillions and unofficial pavilions-- aka the benign collateral damage of this year's 54th Venice Biennale- were an overflow across the islands and lagoon of tens of "pavilions" and exhibitions.  Gargantuan (and playful) sea animals lounging around Venice were art world red herrings, but I loved seeing them.   Ukraine's monumental installation of pixelated (yes, I know! Decorated eggs!) is beautiful.  And the Prada Foundation's new gallery space  Ca' Corner  has a literally inspiring collection.  Is Venice about to become Italy's contemporary art foundation capital?

Personally, I think these off-site exhibitions are the true success of the Biennale- excess art.

Key Points

  1. As hard as we tried, it was impossible for Giovi and I to traipse into every off-site exhibition.
  2. Thank you, Wales Pavilion for the delicious cakes, very much needed after a day of trying to do everything
  3. Go out of your way to find Taiwan's Taipei Soundscape (near the Bridge of Sighs)- the perfect place for visual decompression[slideshow]