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All the Venice Biennale Highlights You Don’t Want to Miss
From Virgil Abloh to men in skirts.
Entertainment 07 May 2019

Very few party guides to the 58th Venice Biennale have been out, but we’ve got you covered here. Below, find a list of not-to-miss exhibits during the biennale preview week, kicking off Tuesday.
Who says the biennale is just for art? The Louis Vuitton director (and Off-White founder) Virgil Abloh is showing alongside Rick Owens and Michele Lamy at the Carpenter’s Workshop Gallery, where he’ll be showing his golden sinking benches and chairs. Who can resist? Not the hypebeasts. Catch the opening on Wednesday, May 8.
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Virgil Abloh, Sinking Bench and Sinking Chair.
At the Spanish pavilion, there is a live performance program with artist Itziar Okariz from May 7 to 9.
Kris Lesalu is representing the Estonian pavilion, opening Friday May 10 on Giudecca island at Legno&Legno (RSVP at email address available here).
The Bauer Hotel is where many stars stay during the biennale preview week, so its no surprise that from May 7 to 11 that their BBar will host the afterparty to all the pavilion parties with a rotating list of DJs. Check it out here.
The badass artist Thierry Geoffroy is returning to the biennale with his Critical Run, where he gathers together a group of people to run around the biennale while discussing it. This year’s event is titled: “Is the title of the Venice Biennale arrogant?” I don’t know but we’ll find out here.
The Taiwan pavilion potentially looks super cool. It’s where artist Shu Lea Cheang’s installation 3x3x6 has men in skirts at the Palazzo delle Prigoni, a former jail, which is opening with a public performance on May 11.
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Shu Lea Cheang, 3x3x6
The Prada Foundazione is opening a retrospective of Italian artist Jannis Kounellis, showing more 60 works from 1959 to 2015, from both Italian and international museums. The opening is May 11.
 
Text by Nadja Sayej
Image via wallpaper.com, hyperallergic

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