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Welcome to His Palace: How Venice Biennale Curator Massimiliano Gioni Is Making Everything Work for Him | GalleristNY

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Welcome to His Palace: How Venice Biennale Curator Massimiliano Gioni Is Making Everything Work for Him

And taking on the very nature of big international art exhibitions
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Gioni preparing the exhibition. (Photo by Francesco Galli, courtesy la Biennale di Venezia)
The Venice Biennale was the last place I expected to encounter the Hodag. If you attended elementary school in Wisconsin, as I did, you learned about this mythological monster, a hybrid frog-elephant-dinosaur with clawed feet and a spear-like tail. It resided, according to a late-19th-century hoax, in the city of Rhinelander, in the woodsy region that downstaters call “up north.” The Hodag is mentioned on a wall label in the Biennale, next to a cabinet full of woodcarvings—some of animals, others of fantastical beings—by Levi Fisher Ames, who toured his curious carvings around Wisconsin in the 1880s.

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