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Apr. 27, 2011

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Since the churches of Venice are especially rich in paintings by Jacopi Robusti, aka Tintoretto, why not include some examples in the 2011 Venice Biennale (where perhaps they might be viewed under better lighting conditions)? Thus thought biennale curator Bice Curriger (or so we imagine) and now the three Tintoretto paintings to be included in the Giardini’s Central Pavilion have been revealed: The Last Supper, now in the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore, and The Stealing of the Dead Body of St. Mark and the Creation of the Animals, both currently housed in the Gallerie dell’Accademia. Since the latter is already a museum rather than a church, the move to the Giardini seems anticlimactic.

La Biennale has also announced the members of the international jury that is to bestow the Golden Lions and other exhibition awards. The members are Egyptian artist Hassan Khan, Chinese curator and art criticCarol Yinghua, Bolzano museum director Letizia Ragaglia, critic and Centre Pompidou curator Christine Macel, and John Waters.

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