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Opening Day of the Venice Biennale


Berlin Bahnhof curator Gustav von Aschenbach arriving in Venice for the Biennale


Museum directors and curators, critic and collectors gather in Venice for the opening of the 56th edition of the Venice Biennale. 


Chemical Bank art advisor Robert Gordon Edwards celebrating the bank's sponsorship of the Biennale

Artist Bruno Boschetti with his wife, Parisian gallerist Dominique Darel, and their daughter,
VH3 reality show actress Marisa Berenson on their way to the Giardini

Dallas art collectors Cindy and Mark Burns heading to the Marco Tulli opening at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection

London gallerist Leslie French on the phone near the Rialto Bridge discussing her artist Damien Bogarde's
show in a Venice church with Art of the Times editor Luke Visconti

Artist Eva Axén and Maastricht Museum of Contemporary Art curator Ciro Cristofoletti
seizing the moment to get hitched during the Biennale

Stockholm gallerist Björn Andrésen on his way to the opening at the Punta della Dogana

First time visitor to Venice, Russian artist Masha Predit, dipping her toes into the waters of Piazza San Marco

Madrid Museum of Modern Art director Franco Fabrizi at the party for Golden Lion runner-up Sergio Garfagnolian

A waiter at Trattoria da Romolo preparing the tables for the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art's VIP luncheon

Freelance art handlers retrieving artworks drifting away from the Biennale exhibition at the Arsenale

The three-hour queue to get into opening day of the Venice Biennale

The photos in this satirical report were scavenged from Google and the names of the people mentioned were culled from the cast and characters of the 1971 film classic Death in Venice. WM



Paul Laster

Paul Laster is a writer, editor, independent curator, artist and lecturer. He is a New York desk editor at ArtAsiaPacific and a contributing editor at Whitehot and artBahrain. He was the founding editor of and and art editor of and Russell Simmons's OneWorld Magazine; started's art section; and worked as a photojournalist for and Art in America. He is a frequent contributor to Time Out New York, New York Observer, Modern Painters, ArtPulse and

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