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Thoughts On: Venice Biennale 2017 (Part Four: Italian Pavilion)

Giorgio Anderotta Calo; Roberto CoughItalian Pavilion, Arsenale, Venice Biennale 2017


It was on the second day of my speedy visit to the Venice Biennale 2017 that I made it as far as Il Mondo Magico (The Magical World) in the Italian Pavilion. As is common on a breakneck tour of any large exhibition I was exhausted from the previous day's art adventures. And, determined finish my tour before the gates closed, I saw only two of the three works within the Italian Pavilion. Therefore, my thoughts from this particular corner of Venice in 2017 will only cover the two artists whose work I saw: Calò's Senza Titolo: La Fine del Mondo and Cuoghi's Imitation of Christ. It is interesting to note that in a recent interview with The Art Newspaper Podcast, the Venice Biennale's 2019 creative director Ralph Rugoff acknowledged that visitor-burnout is a common experience, and has taken this into account within his approach to this year's Arsenale show. 
The Italian Pavillion is sit…

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