Agnès b. /
Stylist, gallerist and filmmaker, Paris
My first time was for my birthday. I got there by a night train and woke up to a beautiful soft light, in the November morning mist. And it was not with my father, if you see what I mean… It was a small painting by Giorgione La Tempesta (The Tempest) at the Galleria dell'Academia. This very small painting depicts a woman hiding away under a tree. I love the metaphorical strength of this painting… The French pavilion by Céleste BoursierMougenot. I've known him for a long time. It was soon after he won the International Studio Program of PS1. I discovered one of his works a sound installation - in a group show there.
I'm really curious to see a project by my great friend Jonas Mekas in the only Burger King restaurant in Venice. The project is called “The Internet Saga”. I don't know what to expect but I trust his immense talent. Burger King: Palazzo Foscari Contarini, S.Croce 745 A, 7 May - 22 November and Spazio Ridotto, “Sleepless Nights”, 7 May – 30 June. I love Venice, but I also love to take a boat and visit the islands nearby…
Torcello This island is full of surprises. I particularly love the Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta. They say it's one of the most ancient religious edifices in the Veneto, and that it contains the earliest mosaics in the area of Venice. Don't miss the fresco of the Last Judgment which is absolutely stunning. Take a closer look to see how people imagined Hell at that time. Then make the most of the trip to stop by a lovely trattoria next to a little bridge.
Trattoria Osteria Al Ponte del Diavolo Fondamenta dei Borgognoni, 10/11, 30100 Torcello Tel 041-730401
Burano Stop in Burano where the women do lace embroidery and where the houses are painted in bright colours so that the fishermen can recognize their house from afar.
There is also another nice there.
Trattoria "da Primo" 285 Via Galuppi 30142 Burano Tel 041-735550
Lido I love the beach there. There are amazing little shells, similar to black scallops. Every time I go I bring some back for my collection.