Preview: The 2019 Venice Biennale

May 3rd, 2019 | Dr Nick Gordon

The Biennale is monumental - this year 90 countries from around the world will be exhibiting along with 21 official collateral exhibitions, which are staged by public or not-for-profit galleries. On top of this, private art foundations will be displaying their wares around the city, bringing the total number of...

Interview with Dr Estelle Lazer on her latest research in Pompeii

Apr 3rd, 2019 | Dr Estelle Lazer

Casting aspersions: Modern medical technology meets classical archaeology Some three decades ago, Australian archaeologist Dr Estelle Lazer gained international attention by taking a rigorous, scientific approach to the human remains at Pompeii. More than any other aspect of the site, the skeletons of victims of the AD79 eruption of Mount...

Art for art’s sake – the financial complexities of the Venice Biennale

Oct 23rd, 2018 | Dr Nick Gordon

Controversy broke out last year between the Australia Council and a number of the private patrons of Australia’s participation at the Venice Biennale. The Australia Council had introduced significant changes to the selection process. This would see it take a more active role in the selection of artists through an...

How we avoid the crowds…in Venice

Sep 14th, 2018 | Robert Veel

There has been a lot written recently about the alarming numbers of tourists crowding into some of Europe’s most alluring historic cities, including Barcelona, Florence and Prague. Venice in particular has been singled out because of the scourge of large cruise ships. On a bad day, five or six cruise...

Where to go to avoid the crowds in Florence and Rome

May 4th, 2018 | Dr Nick Gordon

Italy is home to nearly 4000 museums and galleries, 240 archaeological areas and 48 UNESCO World Heritage sites. Yet three sites – the Colosseum, the archaeological site of Pompeii and the Uffizi galleries – account for more than 10% of all annual site visits. That’s about 12 million visits per...

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