Whitehot Magazine

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, curator, artist and lecturer. He’s a contributing editor at ArtAsiaPacific and Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art and writer for Time Out New York, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, Galerie Magazine, Sculpture, Art & Object, Cultured, Architectural Digest, Garage, Surface, Ocula, Observer, ArtPulse, Conceptual Fine Arts and Glasstire. He was the founding editor of Artkrush, started The Daily Beast’s art section, and was art editor of Russell Simmons’ OneWorld Magazine, as well as a curator at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, now MoMA PS1.



view all articles from this author