Thursday, June 04, 2009

More news from Venice

Naked display of Nationalism at opening of Venice Biennale
Yesterday, the most nationalistic art competition was back in town with a bang; the Danish pavilion was a gay haven filled with pretty men, graphic pornography and a mocked body of a middle-aged art collector floating face down in a swimming pool outside; The French had transformed theirs into a giant prison cell with flags; the Germans had filled theirs with kitchen furniture and a cat sitting on the top (courtesy of the British artist, Liam Gillick), while the New Zealand pavilion was opened by a Maori tribe replete with menacing grimaces and warrior attire. - The Independent
Image: "A traditional Maori group in St Mark's square open the New Zealand pavilion"