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Venice Biennale in Pictures: The Most Important Contemporary Art Today

Over the weekend the 55th Venice Art Bienniale—the largest and most important international showcase for contemporary art—opened to the public.

Over the weekend the 55th Venice Art Biennale, the largest and most important international showcase for contemporary art, opened to the public. Sculpture, drawing, installation, performance, and video were all on view—challenging and expanding our notions of what art is and continues to be.

With more than 150 artists from 37 countries, and 88 National Participations in venues throughout the city, a range of topics were explored visually: everyday life in Iraq; the war zone in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo; cloning as it relates to exploration. There were also calls to look inward, with the main exhibition wondering: "What room is left for inner images in an era besieged by external ones?" And South Korea's Kimsooja asked viewers to tap into their own bodies and breath—an interesting exercise to do among a crowd of art viewers, which included curious members of the clergy.

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Join GOOD Ideas for Cities at the Biennale in Venice, Italy

Our GOOD Ideas for Cities project is representing the U.S. at the 13th International Architecture Biennale in Venice, Italy. Join us on August 29!

Our GOOD Ideas for Cities program has traveled to six American cities in 2012, assigning creative problem-solvers real urban challenges proposed by city leaders and presenting the results at lively public forums. Earlier this year we found out that GOOD Ideas for Cities was selected as one of 124 urban design projects as part of Spontaneous Interventions: design actions for the common good, the exhibition at the U.S. Pavilion at the 13th International Architecture Biennale in Venice, Italy. We could not be more thrilled to be in the company of hundreds of projects from 55 countries all focused on improving our cities through great design—many of which we've covered here on GOOD.

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What Do the World's Most Romantic Cities Have in Common?

We love—and fall in love in—cities that engender the main elements of smart, sustainable urbanism.


Kaid Benfield, Sustainable Cities and Smart Growth Director for the NRDC, answers this question in his annual Valentine's Day must-read post on the intersection of smart, sustainable urbanism, livable streets, and romance:

Prague. Venice. Rome. Paris. These are some destinations that perennially make "ten-most-romantic cities” lists. I just looked at three such sites, and all four cities were consensus picks. Vienna and Lisbon each made two of the lists.

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