About Me

I am a 45 year husband and dad, currently adjusting to life back in the United States after living in Italy for a little over two years. I love spending time with my family, cycling, model railroading, mosaics and watching TV and movies.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

la Biennale di Venezia

We woke up to a beautiful sunny day in Venezia.  We had a light breakfast in the hotel and headed out.  Katrina wanted to see la Biennale di Venezia, a contemporary art expo held every two years.  

Brandon gets his Nintendo ready for the day.

Many beautiful flowers in Venezia windows.  

Canals of Venice

Arsenale, the military headquarters of the Venetian Empire.  Today it is still a military headquarters.

Party headquarters for the local Communist Party.

Brandon gets some swinging in before we head into the Biennale expo.

la Biennale is a comtemporary art expo held in Venice every two years.  The expo site has a few dozen small expo halls, one for each of the participating countries.  

Looking down on mirrored floors to read banners hung from the ceiling.

The International building had 2000 fake pigeons throughout the building.  

More pigeons...

This expo exhibit was one of our favorites.  It was a room full of clay in which visitors could add or change anything they wanted.  

Brandon's 'ISM Rocks' 

This was the entrance to the cafe.  We had a nice lunch of pasta here before moving on to see more art.

The thing about contemporary art, at least in our opinion, is that it is either hit or miss.  We either get it or we don't.  There seems to be no in between.  There was a lot of 'art' I just didn't get.  

Late in the afternoon we headed back to the hotel for a nap before going out for dinner.

View from the Rialto Bridge

Even gondoliers are well connected

We attended a Vivaldi "Four Seasons" concert this evening.  It was fantastic and interesting to hear it in the city where Vivaldi wrote it.  

We had a late night.  The concert was over around 11pm.  

We have decided to head back to Burano tomorrow.  

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