Venice Survival Guide # 3: COLLATERAL EVENTS

In case you haven’t been hit with the contagious Venice fever yet, here’s the third part to the Bpigs Venice Survival Guide with our additional recommendations in the city. This list includes both Berlin's representation in Venice and the rest of the events that should not be missed. Although event-orientated, most exhibitions are ongoing in case you aren't in town for the preview week and plan on visitng later in the summer.

It’s going to be a whirlwind, and there are thankfully a few projects to help the visitors unwind and refuel. Rirkrit will set up a pop up kitchen for the preview audience at the Bauer (lunch) and at the Palazzo Flangini (dinner) from 25.05-01.06. Opening Wednesday is the Museum of Everything including the Salon of Everything where you can rub elbows with art superstars Cindy Sherman, Jeremy Deller, Paul Laffoley, and Matt Mullican. The Palazzo Peckham opening on Sunday at Castello 270 will provide a place to "re-organise, recuperate, and redefine your experience of biennale art”  with interiors commissioned from international artists and a series of live events, and “you can actually just come here.” No invitation is necessary, and they will have free wifi and a floating dancefloor! See you there!

No reservations needed for lunch, dinner yes. Prices? Not so Rirkrit. 50Euro for lunch, 100Euro for dinner. 

MONDAY 27.05

RL Woman: sunlight, moonlight (blue), 1996, Painted and patinated bronze (© Estate of Roy Lichtenstein/SIAE 2013)

Roy Lichtenstein. Sculptor @ Fondazione Vedova, Magazzini del Sale, Dorsoduro 266
12h press preview, 18h opening
The exhibition consists of 45 works including drawings, collages, sketches, maquettes, models and bronze sculptures created between 1965 and 1997.
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Ai Weiwei – Disposition
29 May —15 September 2013
Giudecca & Sant’Antonin, Venice

Press Preview 28 May 10am
Ai Wei Wei is going all out in venice with a major new solo show in two locations, a "chinese heave metal" as he calles it new album and of course his participation at the German Pavillion. The solo show is in cooperation with Lisson Gallery and the Venetian project space run by Alessandro Possati. The show will be presented in two locations in Venice: the Zitelle complex, home of Zuecca Projects, and the church of Sant’Antonin.

Opening hours: 10am – 6 pm
Location 1: Complesso delle Zitelle, Giudecca
Vaporetto Stop: Zitelle
Location 2: Chiesa di Sant’ Antonin, Castello
Vaporetto Stop: San Marco – Pietà / San Zaccaria (da Zitelle)

Lore Bert, Art and Knowledge @ Biblioteca Marciana Piazzetta S. Marco, 7  30124
16h press conference, 17h opening
The Biblioteca Marciana couldn’t be a more perfect venue for the work of Lore Bert (who studied at UdK), which deals with philosophy, literature, mathematics, and astronomy and attempts to make sense of our place in the universe.
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Wide Shot @ San Marco, Campiello Giustinian 2883, 30124, Venezia
17h opening, 19h Opening Reception @ Giardino Palazzo Civran Badoer Barozzi Marcello del Majno, San Marco 2887
This group show conceives the space as a contemporary Wunderkammer in order to display different types of works, pairing renown artists with young artists who have been closely involved with Pool NYC over the years.
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image courtesy of Galleria Upp

Natalia LL, The Grammar of the Body @ Galleria Upp, Giudecca 282
18.30h preview
A solo exhibition by one of the icons of 1970s Polish feminism whose work moves between conceptual and body art using photography and video
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Hanne Lippard, 'Ancientism', 2013, Performance, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Photo by Hannah Cooke

Hanne Lippard and Broken Dimanche Press @ “Il Campiello” Calle della Madonna, Dorsoduro, Venice
Berlin’s BDP comes to Venice to launch their newest publication, “Nuances of No.” by Hanne Lippard, the first comprehensive collection of the artist’s text work. Expect a reading performance and a Bloody Mary brunch.
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Alexander Kosolapov. Malevich — Marlboro, 1997, Acrylic on canvas. 122×108, Image Courtesy of Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow

Lost in Translation @ Università Ca’ Foscari, Dorsoduro 3484
11am press preview, 17h opening
This massive exhibition (over 100 works!) presents contemporary Russian art which is particularly difficult to decipher when not familiar with the context in which it was made along with an expanded translation providing the references necessary to assist the viewer's understanding of the work.
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RHIZOMA (Generation in Waiting) @ Magazzino del Sale, Dorsoduro 262 (Fondamenta delle Zattere)
17h press preview, 18h opening
This exhibition brings together work by a younger generation of Saudi artists who are embracing visual art alongside technology, science and natural philosophy. The organizers of the exhibition, the independent arts initiative, Edge of Arabia, states, "We aim to provide a clear vision of the radical transformation in Saudi art, which is now more affiliated with its roots, to the real culture represented by the awareness of the different living conditions in Saudi Arabia. This awareness is creating a strong message from a new generation of artists to formulate art in their own way."
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Thomas Zipp, Comparative investigation about the disposition of the width of a circle @ Palazzo Rossini-Revedin, San Marco 4013 (Campo Manin)
18h preview, opening 18h 30.05
Since Zipp is no stranger to Berlin surely you are curious to see his installation of a psychiatric unit dealing with hysteria and schizophrenia in which Zipp acts as both patient and doctor.
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The Book Affair @ Castello Library
18h-21h opening
To go along with your Venice love affair (with whatever or whoever) have a book affair as well at this two day independent publishing fair which also features an exhibition, daily presentations, and daily conferences.
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The Unconnected @ The 3rd Internet Pavilion, Oratorio di San Ludovico, Dorsoduro 2552
18h opening
A small church has been transformed into "the church of the Unconnected" in which those who manage to live without an email address or a social networking account are its patron saints.
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Arthur Duff, Precious Objects- Extraordinary Individuals @ Palazzo Malipiero, San Marco, campo San Samuele
19h-22h cocktails by invitation only
As part of a two month project, Duff asked people for their accounts of a precious object and an extraordinary individual. These descriptions are being projected on the side of the Palazzo Malipiero in a visible and conceptual endless loop, and the work can be viewed from the Crand Canal regardless of invitiation status.
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Circuito Off @ Teatrino Palazzo Grassi
Here is an opportunity to familiarize yourself with the emerging talents in experimental audiovisual creation.
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John Pawson, Perspectives @ Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, Basilica di San Giorgio Maggiore
10h-17h preview
Swarovski crystals + a Benedictine basilica? Judging by the press photos it isn’t the sparkly intervention I was hoping for, but it still looks worth a visit.
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Faig Ahmed, Untitled, 2012, Thread installation, Dimensions variable, Courtesy of the artists and YAY Gallery, Baku

Love me, Love me not, Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan and its neighbours produced by YARAT@ Arsenale Nord, Tesa 100
11h-14h press preview, 17h-18h private view (invite only)
The press release states that, "There is currently equal curiosity and misconception about this region" very true, I didn't know Azerbaijan existed until last year's Eurovision...."the works on show provide insight into the dynamics of each nation, bringing to light forgotten or unknown aspects of history and demonstrating the breadth of vision and creativity at play within their borders." We're especially excited to see Faig Ahmed's deconstructed Azerbaijani carpets and Slavs & Tatars’ life size sculpture as a playground “ride” for adults and children alike and refers to the popular Sufi philosopher of the 13th century.
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Dora Garcia, The Joycean Society @ Punch Space, Giudecca 800/o
This video installation is inspired by reading groups and literary clubs who meet regularly to read the works of James Joyce out loud. Garcia explores the relationship between the reality of the readers' experience, and the fictions this reality refers to.
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A Vision Of The Future – Postglobal Art @ Palazzo Donà, Venice
This Saturday morning conference focuses on the role of art as a delicate diagnosis instrument in the postglobal world.
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Salon Suisse @ Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi, Dorsoduro 810 (Campo Sant'Agnese)
11h (check website for further events through November)
An addition to the Swiss participation in the Venice Biennale, the Salon Suisse cosists of panel discussions, readings, audiovisul performances, reenactments, and performance lectures. This year's theme is the legacy of the European Enlightenment in the contemporary art world.
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Voice of the Unseen, Chinese Independent Art 1979/Today @ Arsenale, Tesa alle Nappe n. 91, Tese di San Cristoforo n. 92-93-94
This much-needed survey of contemporary Chinese art ranges from the Post-Avant-garde of the '80s and '90s to the non-official (independent) Chinese art.
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SUNDAY 02.06

Lawrence Weiner, The Grace of a Gesture @ Palazzo Bembo, San Marco 4793, (Rialto, Riva del Carbon)
10h opening
In case you won't be around to see Weiner's exhibition on the ground floor of the Palazzo Bembo, the text works will also appear on five of Venice's main source of transportation, the vaporetti, which will move the work throughout the city for convenient (and accidental) viewing.
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