Oct 28, 2011

Corridoio Vasariano

Finally I managed to visit it the Corridoio Vasariano! An incredible view over Florence along the 1 km long Corridor!

The Corridoio Vasariano is an elevated enclosed passageway in Florence which connects the Palazzo Vecchio with the Palazzo Pitti. The Corridor was built in 5 months by order of Grand Duke Cosimo I de' Medici in 1564, to the design of Giorgio Vasari. It was commissioned in connection with the marriage of Cosimo's son, Francesco, with Johanna of Austria. The idea of an enclosed passageway was motivated by the Grand Duke's desire to move freely between his residence and the government palace, when, like most monarchs of the period, he felt insecure in public. The meat and  fish market of Ponte Vecchio was moved to avoid its smell reaching into the passage, its place being taken by the goldsmith shops that still occupy the bridge.
The passageway now  contains over 1000 paintings, all dating from the 17th and 18th centuries, as well as the important collection of Self-portraits by some of the most famous masters of painting of the 16th to the 20th century. 

Oct 21, 2011

Biennale di Venezia 2011: illumiNATIONS

The title chosen for the 2011 edition of the International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia is both evocative and compelling. The references it contains are obvious (from the theme of light, to the poetry of Arthur Rimbaud, from the writings of Walter Benjamin to the Biennale’s very structure composed of national pavilions), but this title also wishes to emphasize one of art’s intrinsic characteristics: it is a unique and illuminating experience.
Japan pavillion
Korea pavillion
the kids factory

Tourists, Cattelan's pigeons

My personal comment is not really positive. I prefered the previous edition, this time I really felt like we are in a period of crisis... The Italian pavillon, called "L'arte non è cosa nostra", looked like a real "cosa nostra" stuff, with random people suggesting their own friends for the exposition. But anyway, Venice is always a very special place and I had a lovely weekend with daddy! By the way... I love the Spritz!

Find Wally! At Biennale di Venezia 2011

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Check out about Biennale di Venezia 2009 here and if you want to have more fun finding Wally...