Art on the Lagoon

Rudolf Stingel in Venice is the Daily Pic by Blake Gopnik

The Daily Pic (Venice Biennale Edition): Rudolf Stingel's wall-to-wall points Venice back toward its roots.

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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