If all roads lead to Rome—as the popular saying goes—this week the roads were very clearly redirected to Venice. As the 58th edition of the Venice Biennale opens to the public in the coming days, anyone who’s anyone embarked by plane, train, boat or gondola to land at the Serenissima for the privilege of previewing the exhibitions. In anticipation of the success of the French Pavilion, dreamed up by Laure Prouvost—officially inaugurated on May 9th—many gathered at the Pinault Collection for the first evening of festivities. The dinner, an essential event of the Venetian trip, brought together artists like Camille Henrot, Martial Raysse, Xavier Veilhan, Eva Jospin, Jean-Michel Othoniel, and Sophie Calle, as well as collectors Maja Hoffmann and Jean Pigozzi, and curator Hans-Ulrich Obrist. For this new edition of the Biennale, the Pinault Collection packs a punch with a solo Luc Tuymans exhibition at the Palazzo Grassi (his first exhibition in Italy), and presents a collective exhibition curated by Martin Bethenod, “Luogo e Segni,” at Punta della Dogana.

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