billionaire collector Francois Pinault
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I don't think I've made any secret of the fact that for a while now my reading and visits have reflected an attitude towards Venice that can best be described as 'getting a broader perspective'. But, whilst I'm still of the opinion that there's much more to life, literature and art appreciation than that which Venice contains and inspires, I am spending a week there in September (and another in November) so expect a fair bit more content devoted to a city we all rank near the top.
Sometimes it takes news as mind-boggling as the fact that a church you've never been in in Venice is currently open, and hosting an art installation comprising ranks of fridges, to make you realise you've got to get yourself there, soon. Sadly said exhibition ends today, but I'm booked and going anyway, in mid- September. There are other churches specially open, and five new rooms in the Accademia too, you see.
I'm off to Madrid tomorrow, mostly to soak up the Flemish Primitives in the Prado, and their current Rogier van der Weyden exhibition. Toledo and the Thyssen-Bornemisza are on the list too. It's my first trip to Madrid, and indeed to Spain. I'll report back when I get back.
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