Most Famous Art Show In The World

If you ​happen to be in Venice between June and November this year, you will find yourself in the midst of the most important art show in the world,​ t​h​e Venice Biennale. The Olympics of art.

Art from 88 countries fills the museums, the palazzos, the canal-­fronted warehouses, and t​he small intimate gardens. It’s everywhere!

But, alas, perhaps you and I will not be in Venice this year. Don’t despair…we CAN experience it!

They Come To Us Without A Word, Joan Jonas

They Come To Us Without A Word
Joan Jonas
United States Pavilion

Lines are forming to see 79­​-y​ear­​-o​ld acclaimed artist Joan Jonas’ exhibit in the United States Pavilion. Jonas uses flashing videos of children playing, environmental elements, mirrors (made in Murano, Italy, famous for its glass-making) and storytelling. The multi-media exhibit, an homage to nature, art and music, is a blockbuster!

The Key in the Hand, Chiharu Shiota

The Key in the Hand
Chiharu Shiota
Japan Pavilion

A huge, sensorial experience. Hundreds of keys attached to bright red yarn hang from the ceiling and transform the Japan Pavilion into an impenetrable jungle. The artist, Chiharu Shiota, feels keys not only lock and unlock physical spaces but memories as well.

Arrivederci Venice! Ciao!

Watch this short video, “Behind the Biennale: The World’s Most Famous Art Show”
Click here if you are unable to view the video.

Leave a Comment



  1. Dawn Brown June 2, 2015 at 11:29 am - Reply

    Cool! We need to go!

  2. Linda Blair June 2, 2015 at 11:46 am - Reply

    Kirby, your wonderful blog comments on art from the earliest Egyptians to da Vinci to van Gogh, and now to the Biennale — thank you!


  3. david kremenak June 2, 2015 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    If Venice attracts all the art aficionados that it deserves, it is liable to Sink! Thank you for the provocative teaser.

  4. Judy Pike June 2, 2015 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    Hi Kirby
    I don’t always leave a comment but I look forward to your art blog. The funniest news I heard about this years Venice Biennale was the glitterati who fell into a canal when a dock was over loaded. Have you ever been??? I have not but I am planning on going to the New Whitnry opening exhibit at the end of the month. We’re going to visit our sons family in NY.
    Thanks again for the blog. I’m going to Joan Jonas. She looks very interesting.
    Judy Pike

  5. Binky Stephenson Strom June 2, 2015 at 2:44 pm - Reply


    This is absolutely fascinating. I was not familiar with the Biennale but am sending it on to friends who are going to Italy this summer.

    You are gifted in your selections for the Blog!



  6. Vic DePratti June 3, 2015 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    Has been on my to do list (bucket list) for the past couple years. I guess it now have to will wait for 2016. Tourist crowds not my favorite thing but probably a small price to pay for the spectacle to be seen.

  7. Susila Raman September 19, 2015 at 3:03 am - Reply

    WOw! Fabulous Painting! Great Work!

    Susula Ramanrecently posted…Live Paiting

Leave A Comment