Maja Hoffmann /
Founder of the Luma Foundation, Arles
It was in 1969 with my parents, my brother and my sister to embark on a big cruise ship to explore the Mediterranean. Not very romantic, but fun. We stayed at the Hotel Danieli. A great installation by Urs Fischer (Untitled, 2011) in the Arsenale for Bice Curiger's Biennale in 2011: a full-size wax replica of Giambologna's 16th-century sculpture The Rape of the Sabine Women.
The French Pavilion in 2013 by Anri Sala… shown in the German Pavilion!
The Arsenale site which I first visited by boat with Harry Szeemann. A true magic discovery, with unlimited unexplored potential… Philippe Parreno's film Les Lucioles that will be installed outside in the Giardini. I think it's one of the most intriguing and moving artworks in recent years, like an ephemeral breath, and technically very innovating.
The latest developments in Helen Marten's work, which is part of Okwui Enwezor's international selection. She was awarded the LUMA Award during the Rencontres d'Arles in 2012.
The American Pavilion by Joan Jonas. A tribute to this figure, a (re)discovery of this great lady of video and performance art, particularly relevant for a younger generation of artists. US Pavilion Joan Jonas: They Come to Us Without a Word. Curators: Ute Meta Bauer, Paul C. Ha. Pavilion at Giardini joanjonasvenice2015.com The Gritti Palace where one used to meet actors and artists, and the short gondola trip from there to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection across the Grand Canal. Campo Santa Maria del Giglio, 2467 Tel 041-794 611 thegrittipalace.com Peggy Guggenheim Collection Dorsoduro, 701-704 guggenheim-venice.it During the Mostra, to stand on the Lido beach at 5am and to wait until the sun rises. The first floor salon and exhibition space at Ca' Giustinian, the headquarter building of the Biennale, where I first presented the project of the LUMA Foundation for Arles with Frank Gehry in 2010. Ca' Giustinian San Marco 1364/A