The Encyclopedic Palace










Venice:  Arsenale – 55th International ArtBiennale – The Encyclopedic Palace.

The title chosen by curator Massimiliano Gioni for the 55th International Art Biennale, until November 24, is The Encyclopedic Palace.

Massimiliano Gioni introduced the choice of theme evoking the Italo-Americanself-taught artist Marino Auriti who in 1955 filed a design with the US Patentoffice depicting The Encyclopedic Palace, an imaginary museum that was meant tohouse all worldly knowledge, bringing together the greatest discoveries of thehuman race, from the wheel to the satellite.

Auriti’s plan was never carriedout, of course, but the dream of universal, all-embracing knowledge crops upthroughout history, as one that eccentrics like, Auriti share with many otherartists, writers, scientists, and prophets who have tried, often in vain, tofashion an image of the world that will capture its infinite variety andrichness. With worksspanning over the past century alongside several new commissions, and with overone hundred and fifty artists from more than thirty-eight countries, theexhibition is structured like a temporary museum that initiates an inquiry intothe many ways in which images have been used to organize knowledge and shapeour experience.

Blurring the line betweenprofessional artists and amateurs, outsiders and insiders, the exhibition takesan anthropological approach to the study of images, focusing in particular onthe realms of the imaginary and the functions of the imagination. What room isleft for internal images – for dreams, hallucinations and visions – in an erabesieged by external ones? And what is the point of creating an image of theworld when the world itself has become increasingly like an image?



Over three days the city of Treviso wasanimated by a series of extraordinary events called Modesign; seminars,exhibitions, workshops, fashion shows and talks with distinguished guests fromthe world of fashion. This was the starting block of the first section ofthe creative platform, Modesign and was entitled Fashion at IUAV, dedicated toFashion Design, a project of IUAV University of Venice, which aims to bringtogether creative enterprises and universities in the Northeast of Italy.

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Venice: Film Festival – The Awards

La BiennaleVenice: Film Festival – The Awards. The Venezia 69 Jury, chaired by Michael Mann and comprised of Marina Abramovic, Laetitia Casta, Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Ari Folman,Matteo Garrone, Ursula Meier, Samantha Morton, and Pablo Trapero having viewed all eighteenfilms in competition, decided the following awards.
GOLDEN LION – Best Film: PIETA by Kim Ki-duk (South Korea).

High and Outside

Two of the greatest recent improvements to New York’s quality of life collide next week, when Terroir Wine Bar opens a seasonal outpost at the Porch on the High Line. From May 22 through November, this alfresco café will function as the park’s only sit-down restaurant, serving Marco Canora’s signature meatball subs, plus new dishes emphasizing local ingredients, like the Finger Lakes poultry in a smoked-chicken-salad sandwich (pictured). Partner Paul Grieco’s wine-and-beer list focuses on New York State, but not to the exclusion of his typically worldly selections (High Line at W. 15th St.).

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A Cookie With a Salty Side

It’s not every day that we get taken aback by a chocolate-chip cookie. But the ones that Smile to Go pastry chef Brenna White bakes each morning are no mere Toll House jobs. White, whose work you may remember from M. Wells, says the secret lies in an obscene amount of dark chocolate (Guittard, 72 percent cacao), loads of vanilla extract, and a judicious sprinkling of Maldon sea salt. They are $2.50 a pop, sell out fast, and could ruin you for cupcakes and macarons (22 Howard St., nr. Crosby St.; 646-863-3893).