The most famous art event in the world, and this year in it’s 55th edition. Here are some highlights from the Venice Biennale 2013 …

Korea…

Artist Kimsooja’s ‘To Breathe: Bottari’ has transformed the Korean Pavilion, designed by Seok Chul Kim and Franco Mancuso, into a site of “transcendental experience”. Making use of the building’s metal and glass structure, its’ laguna views and the atmosphere provided by the surrounding trees –  Kimsooja has ‘wrapped’ the building in a translucent, reflective film and placed mirrors on the floor and the ceiling, resulting in an environment that seems infinite and where light is diffracted into the full colour spectrum.

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Brazil…

Book sculptures

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Brazilian artist Odires Mlászho kept things simple (but effective) with his book sculptures as part of the curated show titled ‘inside/outside’. Making sculptures from international law directories and other volumes, the forms have been manipulated to refer to the mathematical properties of the non-orientable, homeomorphic, Möbus strip.

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AZERBAIJAN & ITS’ NEIGHBOURS…

Azerbaijan had a particularly strong presence at this year’s Biennale – both at its’ national pavilion, and at the group exhibition ‘Love Me, Love Me Not’ produced by YARAT and featuring recent work by 17 artists from Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkey, Russia, and Georgia.

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*Farid Rasulov (Azerbaijan): Carpet Interior, 2013

Artist Farid Rasulov’s work offers a contemporary interpretation of historical elements of the decorative and applied arts ,which are so richly embedded the visual culture and history of Azerbaijan. His contribution to the Azerbaijani Pavilion is ‘Carpet Interior’, an immersive installation that pays homage to the famous carpet-weaving tradition of the country. Rasulov also has works from his Architectural Dichotomy Series on show with YARAT. These beautiful compositions juxtapose concrete structures with Shebeke (traditional window frames made from wood and vari-coloured glass) that was in wide use in 18th and 19th Century Azerbaijani architecture.