Isa Genzken's work at the German Pavilion, Venice Biennale
Venice was amazing. The biennale however was a bit uneven. The most interesting pieces for me were Isa Genzken's work at the German pavilion, and my personal favorite, Hyungkoo Lee's work at the Korean pavilion, which included archaeological remains of American cartoon characters. Sofie Calle's work in the French pavilion, where she had over 100 women re-interpret a Dear Jane email that she had received, got the most discussion from our group, mostly centered around her production.
The African pavilion too received a lot of discussion, as it was the only pavilion included in the biennale not as a specific country, but as a continent, reflecting some of the colonial perspectives that are still prevalent in the biennale. Also of issue was the work being that of a single collector, and the inclusion of Andy Warhol's work in the African pavilion.
I won't really go into Italian pavilion, because enough has been said about it, and Robert Stor's comment that "the artwork speaks for itself." I will just stay that some of the work was good, but that it was curatorial mess. And no artwork speaks for itself; that's just curatorial laziness.