22 Cities In 45 Days! (6/27-8/12) | Part 3 (Venice)

Ronchamp, Belfort, Basel, ZurichMilan, Venice, Florence, Rome, Naples, Sorrento, Santorini, Athens, Dubrovnik, Split, Hvar, Zagreb, Budapest, Vienna, Prague, Munich, Stuttgart, Frankfurt

This is part 3 of my trip, which consist mostly of the cities I visited in Italy! A friend of mine came from the states to join me in this Eurotrip(We both received the E. Lewis Dales Traveling Fellowship.) We wen to  the art biennial in Venice, so there will be wide variety of mini pavilions and artists work in this post. I also dropped my cellphone in the ocean the day before our flight to Santorini, so I almost decided to fly back to Taiwan after Greece. Luckily my phone revived 3 days later when we were at santornini, so I was able to take a few photos before we left. By the end of this trip I have already stayed in europe for over 80 days and travelled to 12 countries(including Vatican city) and over 25 cities across europe. My friend and I got sick at the end of the trip, so we got really lazy when we arrived to Germany. Anyway, I'm writing this blog about 4 months after the end of this trip, so many of the details may not be illustrated. All the picture's here are taken with my smartphone with an exception of a few from my friend congee (bokeh heavy pictures). Non of these images are post processed (No PS NO BS), except for a few instagram photos I might include.

I thought I would be able to cover my whole trip in Italy my last post, but I was completely wrong... I think this post will be just of Venice similar to my last post, because the Art Biennale was going on when we were there. Maybe I will try to cover more or else this Euro trip will be split in too many parts!

 

06. Venice, Italy (7/4-7/6)

Milan train station

Milan train station

Departing Milan around 10 A.M

Venezia!

Venezia!

First Arrival at Venice! We decided not to waste time and drop our stuff at our camping site, so we walked around the city with our luggages.

Venice Streets 

Venice Streets 

Typical view of venice canals

Typical view of venice canals

Gondolas

Gondolas

We found 20 euros on the ground on this street! We used it to finance our first meal in Venice! A good start to our trip in Venice !

Congee leading the way to our dinner

Congee leading the way to our dinner

It was rather hard to navigate in Venice without google maps. It's amazing how google can document all the small alleyways and mini bridges in Venice.

Piazza San Marc

Piazza San Marc

Congee selfie time

Congee selfie time

or taking a picture of me with his selfie stick

or taking a picture of me with his selfie stick

We then proceeded to come to piazza San Marc three times during our brief stay in Venice. The next day to go to the biennale, and the day after that to visit Carlos Scarpa's  Olivetti showroom, but it was closed on the day we wanted to visit. 

Piazza San Marc

Piazza San Marc

Piazza San Marco (Italian pronunciation: [ˈpjatt͡sa san ˈmarko], often known in English as St Mark’s Square), is the principal public square of Venice, Italy, where it is generally known just as “the Piazza” (la Piazza). All other urban spaces in the city (except the Piazzetta and the Piazzale Roma) are called “campi” (fields). The Piazzetta (the ‘little Piazza’) is an extension of the Piazza towards the lagoon in its south east corner (see plan). The two spaces together form the social, religious and political centre of Venice and are commonly considered together. This article relates to both of them.
— https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piazza_San_Marco
Santa Maria della Salute

Santa Maria della Salute

Santa Maria della Salute (English: Saint Mary of Health), commonly known simply as the Salute, is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica located at Punta della Dogana in the Dorsoduro sestiere of the city of Venice, Italy.
It stands on the narrow finger of Punta della Dogana, between the Grand Canal and the Giudecca Canal, at the Bacino di San Marco, making the church visible when entering the Piazza San Marco from the water. The Salute is part of the parish of the Gesuati and is the most recent of the so-called plague-churches.
In 1630, Venice experienced an unusually devastating outbreak of the plague. As a votive offering for the city’s deliverance from the pestilence, the Republic of Venice vowed to build and dedicate a church to Our Lady of Health (or of Deliverance, Italian: Salute). The church was designed in the then fashionable baroque style by Baldassare Longhena, who studied under the architect Vincenzo Scamozzi. Construction began in 1631. Most of the objects of art housed in the church bear references to the Black Death.
— https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Maria_della_Salute
Transportation to the piers of Venezia

Transportation to the piers of Venezia

Camping site

Camping site

We called it the day early since it was already pretty late when we got to the piazza. The camping site is approximately 30 minutes away from central venice. We chose to camp because it was about 12 euros per night to camp here, but we didn't know that there was going so many mosquitoes in Venice. It was also super hot when we got there, with a vibrant night life consisting of young teens who were also on their summer vacations. 

Meandering around Venice

Campo Santa Maria Formosa

Campo Santa Maria Formosa

Santa Maria Formosa is a church in Venice, northern Italy. It was erected in 1492 under the design by Renaissance architect Mauro Codussi. It lies on the site of a former church dating from the 7th century, which, according to tradition, was one of the eight founded by San Magno, bishop of Oderzo. The name “formosa” relates to an alleged appearance of the Holy Virgin disguised as a voluptuous woman1.
— https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Maria_Formosa

On our way to Carlos Scarpa's Querini Stampalia

Carlos Scarpa details

 

We didn't know that we needed a 1 Euro pass in order to take pictures of the interior, so the guard kept telling us not to photograph anything, while we watched other people take photos. I don't really see the point of having a 1 euro photo pass since we already paid a 10 euro pass to get in the building in the first place... Still boggles me, because of him I wasn't able to get a picture of this view since the guard kept stopping me:

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I didn't take this picture!

More deets

I tried applying camera correction in hugin.. but it didn't really work out that well

Scarpa Lights

Scarpa Lights

Staircase

Staircase

Exiting the Querini Stampalia without paying for that 1 euro photo pass.. 

The Fondazione Querini Stampalia is a cultural institution in Venice, Italy, founded in 1869 at the behest of Conte Giovanni (Count John), the last descendant of the Venetian Querini Stampalia family. Architect Carlo Scarpa designed interior, exterior, and garden elements and spaces on the ground floor of the historic building.
— https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fondazione_Querini_Stampalia

Fortress in Venice

Wood

Wood

Acrylic

Acrylic

Metal

Metal

Japanese congee

Japanese congee

Memorial near the Biennale

Memorial near the Biennale

We visited a nearby sculpture park to refill some water and get ready for our whole day in the Venice Art Biennale! It felt like we were visiting the world expo all over again, but this time we were much more ready and ambitious 


The Venice Biennale (/ˌbiːɛˈnɑːleɪ, -li/; Italian: La Biennale di Venezia [la bi.enˈnaːle di veˈnɛttsja]; in English also called the “Venice Biennial”) is an arts organisation based in Venice, and also the original and principal exhibition it organises. The organisation changed its name to the Biennale Foundation in 2009, while the exhibition is also called the Art Biennale to distinguish it from the organisation and other exhibitions it organises. The Art Biennale, a contemporary visual art exhibition, is so called as it is held biennially, in odd-numbered years; is the original biennale on which others elsewhere in the world are modelled.
— https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venice_Biennale
Smelly water art installation

Smelly water art installation

Denmark

Denmark

Scarpa Detail

Scarpa Detail

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Norway Finland Sweden

Norway Finland Sweden

Microphone Art

Congee and a huge head

Congee and a huge head

Trippy room

Trippy room

Dark and light room

Dark and light room

Japanese Congee at the Japanese pavilion renovated by Toyo Ito 

Japanese Congee at the Japanese pavilion renovated by Toyo Ito 

keys hung with red thread

keys hung with red thread

Coloration

Coloration

korea pavilion house of the future exhibition

korea pavilion house of the future exhibition

stair pavillion

stair pavillion


Stairs in the German Pavilion

Stairs in the German Pavilion

Tiling  Art

Tiling  Art

Tron lights

Tron lights

Haven;t wrote anything in a while, but finals are coming up next week so I have to be brief! One of my favorite installations located in the German pavilion. really futuristic and nice to see the transition of a lit staircase to a tron room.

coin operated house- 

coin operated house- 

coins in the wall

coins in the wall

Sarah Lucas

Sarah Lucas

cigs in holes

cigs in holes

cigs in holes

cigs in holes

Sarah lucas's famous exhibition of sexuality. Homa also referenced her in one of my studio crits with her.

moving trees

moving trees

Pavilion room by swatch

Pavilion room by swatch

Don't really remember what the concept was, but it was a nice experience!

Always ways to be

Always ways to be

Public Chess

Public Chess

Mechanical hand

Mechanical hand

dead tree

dead tree

Carlos Scarpa sculpture

Carlos Scarpa sculpture

Carlos scarpa we meet again, actually this sculpture was one of the main reasons we came here in the first place

Tetsuya Ishida " Awakening"

Tetsuya Ishida " Awakening"

Aerodynamics

Aerodynamics

Trippy room 2

Trippy room 2

Trippy Room 2

Trippy Room 2

I'm kind of just throwing up images, but you can get a sense on how tight or schedule was that day going from querini stampalia to the art biennale

huge floating balls

huge floating balls

Engaging Art

Engaging Art

Tire pavilion

Tire pavilion

Cool walkway design

Cool walkway design

Seeing other small exhibitions across the river

Seeing other small exhibitions across the river

scarpa again

scarpa again

Framing a courtyard

Framing a courtyard

Tree penetration

Tree penetration

Last look at this part of the Biennale - The scarpa designed pavilion

Last look at this part of the Biennale - The scarpa designed pavilion

This is only the eastern part of the biennale, which is only half of all the artwork. We didn't have enough time to finish seeing everything in the western part of the Biennale, and I was getting really hangry after hours of no stop art. I started leaving some smaller and less interesting pictures out since I realized that this post is getting way too long even without me typing. I don't want to split venice into another post so I'm just going to be brief in what we saw in the second half of the biennale.


Shooting the Drums 

Shooting the Drums 

Stair?

Stair?

pile of unreachable money in different currencies

pile of unreachable money in different currencies

funny models  

funny models

 

Crack in the walls

Crack in the walls

Exterior escalator

Exterior escalator

stop working! or stop fing around.

stop working! or stop fing around.

rainbow neon lights

rainbow neon lights

Water network on top

Water network on top

Weird apanese figures

Weird apanese figures

smelly webs. Smelled like toe cheese

smelly webs. Smelled like toe cheese

My first fisheye panorma more to come

My first fisheye panorma more to come

Finally leaving for my first meal of the day

Finally leaving for my first meal of the day

The bienalle was closing so we had to leave without seeing over half of the artwork here

The bienalle was closing so we had to leave without seeing over half of the artwork here

Back to this place again

Back to this place again

So our long day finally ended! probably one of the most walking intensive day on our trip, partly because we didn't want to repeat what happened in the Milan world expo where we only got to see less than half of the pavilions..


Next day...

Calatrava bridge

Calatrava bridge

Probably the least calatrava looking bridge that calatrava built

Boat trip to the showroom which wasn't opened

Boat trip to the showroom which wasn't opened

Ok finally done with this post! I think this post is more image heavy than even my Paris summer program post. Anyway, We tried going to the olivetti showroom the next day by taking the boat, but it was closed. We spent most of our time waiting in the train station for our train to Florence. We missed out a ton on all the churches in Venice because we got to absorbed in the art Biennale and pavilions used to host these art pieces. 3 days and two nights was definitely not enough time for us to see the whole of Venice, and given that we were already tired from our train ride to Venice from Milan. Anyways I don't think there will be a post next week due to finals! I have a bunch of work to catch up on.

Thanks again for reading/ or browsing since there's not much narrative!

 

-Ian Liu

12/05/2015

5 AM ( Again..)