The Venice Biennale’s encyclopedic palace is a 2013 personal highlight for culture writers at The Independent.

"Today we live in a society that is obsessed with images, that is suffocating with images, so for me a crucial question is: Can we look at art as a form of image consumption and production and not just as a separated field?" -Massimiliano Gioni

Selig and Anna Sacks

Selig and Anna Sacks

The title of this year’s Venice Biennale, Il Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace), illuminates the event’s political ideology via its philosophical and curatorial conceits. The main exhibition centers on a utopian fantasy of comprehensive knowledge, aspiring to a completist vision of human achievement with the caveat of inevitable failure built in.

frieze editors and contributors share their thoughts on the main exhibition at the 55th Venice Biennale, curated by Massimiliano Gioni

Massimiliano Gioni On The Encyclopedic Palace