Yesterday there was even more fog than the day before. “Nebbia” is the Italian word for it and it is a season unto itself. There were even changes in some of the vaporetto routes and cancellation of vaporettos due to the fog. Today the fog was still around but not quite so heavy. We could at least see the water taxis that were right next to the vaporetto.
Maybe I am just not sophisticated enough to get it all, but we have spent the last two days at the Biennale and the only word I can think of is “Bizarre”! The Biennale takes place every two years in Venice and is an international exhibition of modern “art” trends. Countries each have one person who does a display in the country’s pavilion. The main showings are at the Giardini and the Arsenale with other countries spread across parts of the city in various locations including many palazzos one usually can’t go in. Since we are in Venice every other year, we have now seen three Biennale. My feeling is that each artist tries to be more outlandish, morbid, and avant-garde than the other artists. I guess I just don’t get it. For instance, as you walk into the main hall, you hear the sound of someone vomiting. The sound follows you through several rooms until finally you come to the room where there is a movie of someone vomiting into a toilet. Lovely, I say!! I am going to include just a sample of some of the exhibits. There were some I really liked and some I walked away from asking “Why?” You get to make up your own minds.
These are all from yesterday at the Giardini.
After 3 1/2 hours, we had a burnout episode, mine, not Alan’s, and so came home. Last night we did a made-up risotto that came out really well.
This morning again was foggy. We decided that we would see the rest of the Biennale and so headed toward the Arsenale this time. November 11th is San Martino Day and as we walked from the vaporetto toward the Arsenale, a preschool was out in their San Martino crowns banging their pots and pans.
We then went to the Arsenale for about three hours. I am including several pictures of some of the exhibits. It’s up to you if you like them or not.
Afer leaving the Arsenale, we went to El Refolo and had wine and sandwiches. Then it was home and naptime for Alan. Dinner tonight is leftover risotto. I’m not complaining!