Venice Art Biennale 2013: The Encyclopedic Palace / Padiglione Centrale, Giardini

The Encyclopedic Palace (Il Palazzo Enciclopedico) is the title of the Venice Biennale’s 55th International Art Exhibition that runs from June 1st to November 24th, 2013. The event takes place in Venice (Italy) at the Giardini and at the Arsenale, as well as in various venues of the city. The main exhibition is curated by Massimiliano Gioni. The title The Encyclopedic Palace (Il Palazzo Enciclopedico) refers to a project by Italo-American self-taught artist Marino Auriti who in 1955 filed a design with the US Patent office depicting his Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace), an imaginary museum that was meant to house all worldly knowledge. Although Marino Auriti’s plan was never carried out, “the dream of universal, all-embracing knowledge crops up throughout history, as one that eccentrics like Auriti share with many other artists, writers, scientists, and prophets who have tried – often in vain – to fashion an image of the world that will capture its infinite variety and richness.” (Massimiliano Gioni).

Thus, the main exhibition in the Biennale’s Giardini and Arsenale brings together the work of artists such as Carl Gustav Jung, Rudolf Steiner, Oliver Croy and Oliver Elser, Friedrich Schröder-Sonnenstern, Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Eva Kotátková, Diego Perrone, and Imran Qureshi at the Central Pavilion in the Giardini, and Marino Auriti, Yüksel Arslan, Hans Josephsohn, Phyllida Barlow, Steve McQueen, Danh Vo, R. Crumb, Pawel Althamer, Miroslaw Balka, George Condo, Paul McCarthy, Wade Guyton, Dieter Roth, and many others at the Arsenale.

This video provides you with at walkthrough of the exhibition at the Central Pavilion. More videos covering the Biennale will be available soon. Click here for a video walkthrough of the exhibition at the Arsenale.

Venice Art Biennale 2013: The Encyclopedic Palace / Padiglione Centrale, Giardini. Venice (Italy), May 29, 2013.

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55th Venice Art Biennale 2013

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