The Belgians avoided the politics and gravity that many of the installations are putting front and center, and their pavilion is a fantastic break. On its surface—the boxy, galvanized, and opaque surface—the project celebrates the 100th anniversary country’s first entry into a Venice Biennale. Inconveniently for them, that anniversary was last year, but feh! If you want to celebrate, don’t let the details get in the way! (We happen to share that philosophy.) “1907…After the Party” surrounds the otherwise-staid building in the metal struts used in scaffolding, and inside, there are only white walls, a few chairs, and confetti:
Lots and lots and lots of confetti:
Wandering around, you see a few photos by Thomas Demand, a credit for one by Hedi Slimane, and…more confetti. We’ll take Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen‘s celebration of a missed anniversary over a regular party any day.