I recently spent time in Italy with family, and, among the Uffizi and Michelangelo’s David in Florence and the historic beauty of Venice, the Pavilion of Iran was unexpectedly but undoubtedly one of the best parts of the trip. We found it by accident while wandering the streets and canals of Venice. It’s part of the 56th Venice Biennale, “All the World’s Futures.” The Guardian has a great write-up on it. The exhibit was insightful, moving, and, here and there, perfectly satirical. A unique picture of art at the margins. In particular, “72 Virgins” is wryly hilarious and Wafaa Bilal’s “Space Junk” is, like most of his work (Google him), appropriately bizarre.
Gallery below. This is only a fraction of what’s in the exhibit. It closes on November 22nd, so if in the rare chance you find yourself in Italy within the next two months, check it out.
Where relevant, the titles and descriptions are posted before each artwork.