A Rolling Log of Sights and Observations from Venice -ARTnews

The Arsenale at the Venice Biennale.

ANDREA AVEZZÙ/COURTESY LA BIENNALE DE VENEZIA

As the 58th Venice Biennale opens, keep up with some notebook jottings from our reporters on the ground. This post will be continuously updated, with new items at the top.

MONDAY, MAY 6

3:22 p.m.: Spotted in the Peggy Guggenheim Collection gift shop: a bright yellow child-size Guerilla Girls T-shirt bearing the words “Feminist Masked Avenger.” It’s not bad being a kid who’s into contemporary art these days!

3 p.m.: Rumor: Venice Biennale artistic director Ralph Ruggoff is giving a tour of the show to VIPs, early, in an unprecedented move.

1:15 p.m.: Artist Jenny Saville checked out the exhibition “Pittura/Panorama: Paintings by Helen Frankenthaler 1952–1992” at the Museo di Palazzo Grimani.

9:15 a.m.: After a heavy dose of rain on Sunday, the morning began with an overcast mood before conditions turned to clear skies and cool temperatures: perfect weather for traipsing through the city.

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