Funky Restaurant and Foscarini Lights @ Arsenale, 54th Vennice Biannale, 2011

I was fortunate enough to go on a trip to Venice to see the 54th Esposizione Internazionale d-Arte in September 2011. The Biannale spans the entire city with exhibitions, installations and events staged at numerous venues throughout Venice. The main two sites however are the Giardini (set in the beautiful gardens on the quayside) and the Arsenale, a huge exhibition space housed in a series of old factories near the harbour (behind the Naval museum). The exhibition was titled ILLUMInations and set up in the Central Pavilion at Giardini and Arsenale featuring 83 artists from all over the world. There were over 440,000 visitors in 2011.

Needless to say, visiting the Venice Biannale is an amazing experience , and I was able to go with a group of close friends who are also art lovers – so even better! Not only is the City of venice stunning, steeped in history and with beautiful architecture, sculpture and glass everywhere you look (I did develop a slight doorway and window display obsession!) but the Giardini and Arsenale is a great way to get a mammoth art fix and to emerse yourself in a grande-scale overview of current contemporary art practice, trends and dialogue. I came back with over 1’500 images from a three day stay – not that I will even try to attempt to add these here!

However, from the trip to Venice and with my Interior Design head on, I thought I would share a few images that relate to interior spaces, textures, lighting, architecture and so on. ILLUMInations was sponsored by Foscarini and Moroso amongst others, so you may see a few familiar pieces – particularly the stunning restaurant at the Arsenale.

Beautiful, ornate, thetrical mask in shop window in San Basilio

Swatch publicity stand just inside entrance to Giardini

Foscarini lights featured throughout both Giardini and Arsenale venues, indoors and outdoors.

Beautiful paper origami sculpture by Venezuelan artist Yoshi

Cafe area inside one of the Giardini exhibition spaces


Architectural detail within one of the pavilions at Giardini.

Restaurant at the Arsenale, with Foscarini lights

Detail of the ceiling and lighting in the Restaurant at Arsenale

Tress Grande floor light by Foscarini, Arsenale Restaurant

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