The renouned Art Biennale of Chianciano 2013 opened its doors last Saturday the 7th of September. An exceptional opening saw over a thousand visitors from all over the world flock to the exhibition. Besides various internationals artists present, there were art critics, gallery managers and art lovers filling the halls of the Museum - a varied audience ranging from journalists and local politicians to Arabic Royalty. There was great anticipation before the doors of the Biennale were officially opened and there was a huge gathering outside of the Museum of Art.
The Biennale of Chianciano is well known for its prestigious contemporary artists from all over the world. This year, 34 nations are represented in an exhibition that gathers artworks of very different styles which give the exhibition a unique character.
On the day of the opening, the gallery was packed but nevertheless one could find his way through the 3 floors of the museum sipping on one of the delicious cocktails. The opening turned into a night of great fun and laughter supported by a wonderful 40 instrument bank that paraded from Chianciano's central square to the Museum.
The exhibition was curated by the Biennale team and works of different cultural backgrounds and styles are brought together in a way that is not only beatiful but also interesting and stimulating. Visitors were not surprised to see art from Japan, Nigeria, Australia, the USA and Italy put in the same room making this exhibition uniquely powerful. I personally also really appreciate the fact that works of different styles such as photographs, oil on canvas and sculptures are put next to each other.
My all time favorite work of the exhibition is Ingvil Solberg's "Sitting woman". Its a little piece that stands out even though it was put next to numerous big works. The Norwegian artists work catches your eye immediately after having entered the room. Theres a certain depth in Ingmar Sollbergs work which forces the spectator to have a second glance at her painting.
Furthermore there is another outstanding piece that caught my eye while meandering around the Museum of Art. Edmund Ian Grant's work takes the spectator in after only have looked at it a single time and one starts to wonder what message the artist tried to bring across. Grant himself says that he wants to examine the unveiling of our souls from what is behind the mask of human existence. Naturally there are other very intriguing works exhibited at the Museum of Art in Chianciano at the moment. Therefore let this wonderfully curated exhibition lead us in different worlds broading our horizon.
Besides the fact that the Biennale of Chianciano makes it possible for the public to be confronted with greatly-talented contemporary artists, there are currently various other events taking place organized by the Chianciano Art Museum. On Tuesday night an elegant classical concert attended by the niece of Mascagni was arranged at the Chianciano Terme. Furthermore there are conferences, wine tasting, musical events and the grand gateaux soiree taking place at the museum.
The Biennale 2013 has managed to create a window into global contemporary art and I am already looking forward to the Biennale in 2015.