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La Biennale: Making Worlds
“It had to be you; I wandered around and finally found the somebody who could make me be true and could make me be blue, and even be glad just to be sad thinking of you.” - Gus Kahn
Fellow frequent travelers easily understand having one or two favorite things to do while on the plane. I have fallen out of my affair with listening to my iPod—noise block, huge headphones. After a few years apart, I recently rediscovered the simple beauty of reading while traveling. This old fashion love affair is easy to return to, as a good old soul mate. On my recent visit to Venice a dear friend handed me the recently UK-published book “Nocturnes” by Kazuo Ishiguro. I loved it for Ishiguro’s consistent minimal warmth within the unfolding stories. His chapters did not put me to rest, nor were they simply a distraction; I felt as if diving into a beautiful journey.
Coincidentally, the first story, “Crooner,” is set in Venice. I appreciate Venice as the most romantic city in the world; I can never leave out the background music playing at the Piazza San Marco. I forgive every annoying tourist only at this moment while walking through with all races admiring the site and listening to music played by various bands presented by various cafés around the piazza. I remember one evening after dinner while walking through the piazza alone hearing one of my favorite tunes being played, “It Had to be You.” That was magical, even walking alone.
Venice is an old, Italian city people should favor to visit at least once in their lives. I highly agree and recommend that one should visit and experience the mystical beauties of Venice. The city is close to my heart for being most Oriental, as well as being highly conceptual by hosting one of my favorite inspiring art and architecture events, La Biennale. Attending La Biennale for me is like, in comparison to most American children waking up on Christmas morning to open gifts.
Like every visit to La Biennale, I was excited before and during the event, and walked away with inspiring memories. Most of all, I came home with a bag full of refueled awareness for global art.
The following two-part series features images taken from my attendance to La Biennale 2009, “Making Worlds.” For this week’s post, view the works from Il Giardino, and next week see images from the Arsenal. I hope you’ll enjoy the photos.