The Encyclopedic Palace

Il Palazzo Enciclopedico

In Il Palazzo Enciclopedico, over 150 artists from 38 countries reflect on their creative urges and seem to push the question even further: what is the artists' world? Including their dreams, hallucinations and visions.
The Exhibition draws inspiration from the model of a utopian dream by Marino Auriti who filed a design with the U.S. Patent office in 1955, depicting his Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace), an imaginary museum that was meant to house all worldly knowledge.
“Blurring the line between professional artists and amateurs, outsiders and insiders, the exhibition takes an anthropological approach to the study of images, focusing in particular on the realms of the imaginary and the functions of the imagination.”
Central Pavilion (Giardini) - Arsenale