Art on the Lagoon

East Meets West Meets Walls

The Daily Pic (Venice Biennale Edition): Rudolf Stingel points Venice back toward its Eastern roots.

06.11.13 9:43 PM ET

At Francois Pinault’s Palazzo Grassi museum, Rudolf Stingel has covered every inch of every floor and wall of its palatial spaces with industrial wall-to-wall printed with blow-ups of classic Eastern carpets. Yes, it’s a one liner, but it’s loud enough to be impressive, and its Islamic accent gives it special leverage, in Europe and the world now, as well as in a city that once made its money (and culture) from ties to the East. Once upon a time, no self-respecting Venetian altar went without a carpet like these ones.

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