Russian Pavillion at the Venice Biennale

Yes, he is actually sitting up on the beam as part of the exhibition.

Yes, he is actually sitting up on the beam as part of the exhibition.

You definitely needed the umbrella to avoid being hurt by the golden rain.

You definitely needed the umbrella to avoid being hurt by the golden rain.

Russian Pavilion at the Biennale.

Russian Pavilion at the Biennale.

Russ6Vadim Zakharov’s “Danae” is given a modern interpretation from its original Greek legend and it can be interpreted in several ways. Participants in the golden rain or golden shower, were women only, as enforced by the warning and rule (see photo), were and as payment, allowed to keep one coin as a souvenir. The power of money, corruption, greed and lust can all apply here. All other onlookers could gaze upon the spectacle from the floor above.

Standing underneath the umbrella with a group of mostly unknown women while buckets of coins were dropped on top of us, was an experience I will not forget. The sound and the force of the coins hitting our umbrellas and the floor was both surprising and exhilarating. I was at least seduced into taking my one coin as a souvenir. That was fun and thought-provoking!

The coins were fed into this machine and dropped onto the women standing 2 floors below.

The coins were fed into this machine and dropped onto the women standing 2 floors below.

This warning was really on the wall and they did not allow any men to participate.

This warning was really on the wall and they did not allow any men to participate.



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