Old Patina Encircles Fresh Art in Venice

VENICE — “Illuminations,” the title of the main exhibition at the 54th Venice Biennale here, is meant to evoke the notion of artists as a source of enlightenment. But that does not necessarily mean new, cutting-edge artists. Much of this Biennale is more subdued and less experimental than in years past, more of a nostalgic meditation on life and art than a revelatory peek into the future.

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