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  VENICE IN PICTURES, PART I
Scenes from the 51st Venice Biennale.
 
 
   
Fabrizio Plessi's 44-meter-tall Mare verticale (2000), installed at the entrance to the Giardini
 
Foreign correspondent Jonathan Napack in front of Berlin artist Annika Eriksson's Games Machine, a fully functioning pinball arcade
 
Monica Bonvicini's Minimal Romantik (2005) transforming a Minimalist cube into a bit of C.D. Friedrich landscape
   
 
 
   
The U.S. pavilion in the Giardini
 
The Austrian pavilion, converted by artist Hans Schabus into The Last Land (2005), a towering hollow mountain of lumber and tarpaper
 
Andrea Blum's Gardens and Fountains (2005), an oasis of benches and water fountains in the Giardini
   
 
 
 
Inside Hans Schabus' The Last Stand
 
The "control room" of Hans Schabus' The Last Stand
 
A map with some of the inspiration for Hans Schabus' The Last Stand
 
The view over Venice from the peak of Hans Schabus' The Last Stand
 
 
 
   
Wang Qiheng's Fengshui Project for the Venice Biennale in the Chinese pavilion
 
Yung Ho Chang's Bamboo Shoots structure (including a bamboo folding chair) in the Chinese pavilion
 
A detail of Yung Ho Chang's Bamboo Shoots installation, with a ladder reaching to the top of a cherry tree
   
 
 
   
Chinese farmer Du Wenda's flying saucers, appropriated for the Chinese pavilion by artist Peng Yu and Sun Yuan
 
A Model of the World (Quadrophony), featuring large steel ball bearings that people could kick around the floor, in the Czech pavilion, by artists Stano Filko, Jan Mančuška, Boris Ondreička and Marek Pokorný
 
Ricky Swallow's Killing Time (2003-04), a sculpture carved of laminated Malaysian rubberwood and maple (from the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney) at the Australian pavilion
   
 
 
     
In the Russian pavilion, the interactive photo installation Too Long to Escape (2005) by Valeriy Ayzenberg, Anton Litvin, Bogdan Mamonov and Liza Morozova
 
Each time a visitor passes through the door to the installation in the Russian pavilion, the four artists seem to advance a bit closer through the snow, until they fall to the ground with an explosive sound
     
 
 
   
In the Swiss pavilion, Ingrid Wildi's Portrait Oblique (2005), a 11'45" digital video about her clinically depressed brother, Hans Rudolf Wildi
 
Still from Sharyar Nashat's The Regulating Line (2005) in the Swiss pavilion, a 3'40" video projection showing an acrobat's physical response to Rubens' cycle of paintings of Marie de Medici in the Louvre
 
In the Russian pavilion, Idiot Wind, an installation by Galina Myznikova and Sergey Provorov of several chambers filled with high-pressure air drafts
   
 
 
 
       
In the Venezuelan pavilion, "Love, Warmth and Color of the Little Venice," a selection of works by Caracas-based graphic artist Santiago Pol (b. 1946)
       
 
  Scenes from "The Experience of Art," organized by María de Corral at the Italian pavilion in the Giardini
 
 
     
Movie clips of star actors playing put-upon dads, in Father (2005) by Candice Breitz
 
Movie clips of star actors playing put-upon moms, in Mother (2005) by Candice Breitz
     
 
 
   
Durante o Caminho Vertical (2001), 28 floor-to-ceiling columns made from phone-book pages by Rio artist José Damasceno (b. 1968)
 
Willie Doherty's Non-Specific Threat, 2004, 7'46": "I am inside you. . . Your death is my salvation. . . There will be no oil. . . I am the face of evil. . . There will be no music"
 
Bruce Nauman's Shit in Your Hat -- Head on a Chair (1990), a 62' 25" video installation (from the collection of Fundacio la Caixa, Barcelona)
   
 
 
   
Rio artist Cildo Meireles' Serie Descala (2002)
 
Rachel Whiteread's sculpture, with digital photographs by Thomas Ruff, in the Italian pavilian's atrium space
 
Three paintings from 2003 by Agnes Martin, from left, Untitled #21, Homage to Life and The Sea
   
 
 
   
Gore Vidal himself in a still from Trailer for a Remake of Gore Vidal's Caligula (2005) by Milanese artist Francesco Vezzoli (b. 1971)
 
Courtney Love in Francesco Vezzoli's Trailer for a Remake of Gore Vidal's Caligula
 
Helen Mirren in Francesco Vezzoli's Trailer for a Remake of Gore Vidal's Caligula
   
 
 
     
Milla Jovovich in Francesco Vezzoli's Trailer for a Remake of Gore Vidal's Caligula
 
The shocking lesbian kiss in Francesco Vezzoli's Trailer for a Remake of Gore Vidal's Caligula