Culture / Arts

54th Venice Biennale

Culture editor Robert Bound reports from the 2011 Venice Biennale, pitching the cream of contemporary art against the most classical backdrop of them all. Away from the parties and gin palaces parked on the Grand Canal, this year's show was an overtly political affair with an engaged Middle Eastern showing and the national pavilions of Old Europe offering their walls up to all comers. The Art Olympics are back in town.

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