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Venice – strikes and earplugs

… getting used to the warmer weather and intensity of human traffic in Venice … Laresa studiously memorising artists and locations while laying low resting her leg/sore knee.

Anastasia absorbing the richness of Venice from bustling street life to more romantic locations – all Venice is a stage so how to negotiate that is something she is thinking more about.

Stuart is settling into the quieter life on the Lido. How to get around when there is a possible vaporetto (the bi-annual let’s scare the art crowd and local authorities) strike tomorrow is an un-forseen project.

A lot of set up still taking place at the Giardini … we hear that Hany Armanious is all installed and ready to go. Go Hany! We spied Kathy Keele, CEO Australia Council, with Hany’s distinctive gold Vernissage bag which we predict will be a must have. Very Versace we think!

Logistics are front of mind at the moment but also that slight anxiety about making sure we get to see what is on offer around town (and not previously mentioned).

Some of our hit list picks:

Renowned painter Luc Tuymans turns to his lesser-known role of curator for the Belgium Pavilion, for an exhibition that explores the Seven Deadly Sins.

Thomas Hirschhorn joins an illustrious alumni of Swiss artists representing their country (what is it with the Swiss? Yoddle yo hooo hooo), including Urs Fischer whose work will be exhibited in artistic director, Bice Curiger’s exhibition ILLMUnations.

What, How And For Whom, whose Istanbul Biennale included an open call for submissions, are curating the Croatian pavilion.

Marisa Merz is exhibiting at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia.

Lag lag and lag…off to bed early in anticipation of big day tomorrow – site visits and photo shoots…

Mid-night rambling…

They say there’ll be thunder storms in Venice later in the week, so we’ve had to rethink the our Venice plans, but just a little bit.

It’s hard to believe the sun that shines so strong and hot all day might ever not be here, but we’ve thought up a weather contingency anyway.

In fact, we’ve spent all day planning this Venice project – walking through the surrounds of the Giardini whilst admiring the gigantic yachts and the international art-set fashion, which is a spectacle all of its own.

Tourists in tanks, chinos and stilletos don’t make sense in the biennale sector of Venice.  It’s all about the scarf and the architectural shoe.

The iron gates aren’t even open yet, but our intrepid artists are resolute – they know what they need to do.  They’re flexing their muscles, rehearsing their moves, working on the hair and make-up.

Can’t find the ear-plugs…not good…the bells chime loud and clear from early on the morning.

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