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I just spent amazing days in Venice during the Biennale 2019 Preview, organized so beautifully by the Culture & Travel Club, the expert on trips all around art and culture. Korinna von Kempski and her daughter Halina von Kempski, the faces behind this wonderful and specialized travel organization, made every day a great experience. They showed us around Venice and the Biennale in a most professional and perfect way. The ladies‘ expertise is unmistakable and they are known to make every event and trip an unforgettable adventure.
The Culture & Travel Club can open doors to places that you would never be able to visit on your own. This is a result of years of networking and investing so much time, energy and love into their passion for art. Everything you do with love and passion results in the best work in my eyes – our lovely exquisite little group and myself were so lucky to experience the Biennale 2019 on this high level. Every detail was thought through and every point on the program was great – no matter if it was an exhibition, an exclusive cocktail, art talks – it was a lovely and round story.
Being a big art lover and a busy business woman, I felt so pampered and spoilt during these days and really enjoyed not having to take care of anything – I could just fall back and enjoy wonderful art moments.
The Biennale 2019 was also special because I was accompanied by my so beloved Mom, a great chance to spend some quality time together and to share our passion for art.
Next to a packed schedule we used the time in between, during delicious restaurant visits, again so well chosen by the von Kempski ladies from the lovely Culture & Travel Club, or during walks around Venice, to catch up.
The Biennale is one of the most important events in the world regarding architecture and art. This year it was all about the line ‚May you live in interesting times‘- our group spent a lot of time discussing political and social topics, recognizing how aware and open our society is today– no matter how hard, sad or new the topic is – we learnt to deal and to talk about them openly. There are hardly any taboo topics anymore – awareness is important in order to understand and to try and change things.
Every country participating in the Biennale has a personal Pavilion, this year there were 90 representing all kind of countries. The German Pavilions theme this year was very political, all about culture, identity and belonging.
The different Pavilions are distributed throughout the entire city and it is really interesting to experience all different cultural aspects, shown in and through art.
On our private program we were lucky to have the lovely historian Karin Jenette-Martin with us. I couldn’t get enough of listening to her explanations around the art we saw – she has this amazing talent, to bring it to you in a most exciting, fascinating and charming way.
During the 4 days of a perfectly organized program from the Culture & Travel Club we got to see so many fabulous places and exhibitions.
The first day started with a visit of the Luc Tuyman exhibit in the Palazzo Grassi. Tuyman is a Belgian artist, who is said to be one of the most influential painters working today.
In the evening we were invited to an exclusive Aperitivo that was combined with a guided tour through the Colnaghi exhibition with Comtess Marie de Limburg-Stirum in the Abbazia di San Gregorio.
The next day started with a delicious Dorotheum Collector breakfast in the Palazzo Ducale.
The Doge’s Palace has a proud and amazing history, 120 doges ruled the city for thousands of years. What a stunning place to enjoy a little Ristretto and a brioche.
We started our daily culture program with a tour through the Padiglione Centrale in the Giardini.
After that we had a little time for a walk through Venice to the Nuevo Galeon, such a beautiful mood in this place, so much inspiration everywhere.
Our lunch was an exclusive Collector’s lunch organized so lovely by the Culture & Travel Club in theNuovo Galeon. After the treat we got a tour through the Arsenale. In the evening, Hauser & Wirth, the Swiss mega gallery, invited us to a splendid dinner and party in an old palazzo around a Günter Förg exhibition. In the relaxing and fun yet elegant atmosphere we met some old and new friends and enjoyed catching up and discussing what we had seen so far.Again, a perfect day around art and art lovers.
Day 3 started with a visit to the Punta della Dogna, showing the exhibition ‚Places and signs‘ in the wonderful Pinault Museum, that is celebrating its 10 years anniversary this year.
After that we had a chance to check out the Adrian Ghenie exhibition shortly in the Palazzo Cini.
The lunch program was another special moment (vllt highlight?), so speciallyorganized by the Culture & Travel Club: a Drop-In Lunch from Christie’s in the Ristorante Carpaccio. What a treat!
After that we went on a short tour through the Pavilions in the Giardini.
A day couldn’t end any better, in the evening we enjoyed a wonderful and exclusive concert-art performance in the Teatro Goldini, located close to the Rialto Bridge. A stunning theatre that made me feel like sitting in an ancient movie. Afterwards we joined the fashionable art crowd for a flying dinner at Hotel Bauer Il Palazzo, where we again discussed the chances of the visited pavilions on winning the Golden Lion.
Our last day began with a visit to the studio of Sylke von Gaza, a German artist, who is known to realize paintings in architectural spaces. Her present Il Nido installation for example, is a story of transformation, showing a nest, filled with beautiful blue Murano Glass eggs, touring wonderful scenes and is currently on view in Berlin. A studio visit is always a great and new experience, next to so many other amazing scenes we were taken to.
The next program point was the Baselitz exhibition in the Galleria dell’Accademia.
After lunch we visited the James Lee Byars Project in the church Santa Maria della Vistazione. There was such an amazing atmosphere in the church. Next treat for the day was the Sean Scully Installation in the Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore.
Every single point on the list the von Kempski ladies had worked out for us so carefully, was so special and exquisite.
And to finish off the Biennale 2019 we gathered for a special Farewell Dinner on our last evening at the Harry’s Bar. This famous bar is the birthplace of the lovely Bellini drink and the atmosphere is just amazing – a perfect place to finish off a wonderful time.
The Biennale 2019 was a perfect trip, combining my love for art, family, a lovely group of new friends and all of this in this magical place called Venice – thanks so much to the Culture & Travel Club for making this excursion unforgettable!