Art exhibition on San Clemente Island

This is not the reality - what kind of reality?
Venice Biennale 2017
Art exhibition on San Clemente Island

From 10 May until 5 November 2017, guests visiting San Clemente Palace Kempinski will admire the beautiful masterpieces of six contemporary artists exhibiting on San Clemente Island. The comprehensive group exhibition will take place during the 57th Venice Biennale "Viva Arte Viva" in the period of time from 10 May till 5 November 2017.

The title of this extraordinary exhibition, "This is not the reality - what kind of reality?" investigates the relation between reality and silence. Reality is often contrasted with what is imaginary, delusional, or only in the mind of each and every individual: what is fictional, what is abstract, or what is false? Consequently, this means also that reality is the state of things, as they actually exist for a moment rather than as they may appear or might be imagined.

The visual perceptions of the artworks presented on San Clemente Island focus on different materials like mirrors, glass, installations like light art, animated versions as well everyday objects and sculptures in unique lines, forms, and colours. The reflection of reality in the context of silence on this unique island will mark a counterpoint in our over busy daily life.

In the church of San Clemente at San Clemente Palace Kempinski:

Brigitte Kowanz, Light Steps, 1990

Jeppe Hein, Third Eye, 2014 

Lori Hersberger, Untitled, 2006 

In the park and courts of San Clemente Palace:

Julian Opie, Galloping Horse, 2012

Julian OpieTowers.2., 2017

Gregor Hildebrandt, The Cloud, 2017

Sylvie Fleury, Mushrooms

How to reach San Clemente Island: a private boat shuttle by San Clemente Palace Kempinki (for visitors and guests complimentary) runs every half hour from San Marco Square directly to San Clemente Island; the ride takes 11 min and starts from 9 a.m. on. The island is a unique retreat that attracts an international audience from all over the world. For the detailed boat schedule and for more information on how to reach San Clemente Palace Kempinski, please visit San Clemente Palace Kempinski>Hotel Location, or click here.

Boat schedule

About Venice Biennale 2017

The 57th edition of the International Art Exhibition, also known as Biennale D'Arte or Venice Biennale, investigates the importance of art in the human existence; is a celebration of the power of art, an expression of the vitality of art and the passion of the artist.

Find out more under San Clemente Palace Kempinski>Local Information>Events or visit the official website:

BOOK our Biennale Package and enjoy 2-night stay in one of our spacious and elegant rooms overlooking the lagoon or the centuries-old park. The offer is inclusive of sumptuous daily breakfast, tickets for the Biennale and Biennale-inspired cocktail by our Barman Alessio Venturini.

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Photo credits: © Irina Gravich


Sylvie FleuryMushrooms

Julian OpieTowers.2., 2017

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