The Venice Biennale 2009

People attend the opening of 'The Collectors' Exhibition at the Danish And Nordic Pavilions.
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Death in Venice
A floating corpse in a swimming pool understandably attracts the curiosity of visitors to the Danish and Nordic Pavilions. Although the Venice Biennale — which has been running since 1895 — is often described as the "Olympic games of the art world," one wouldn't want to see this during the swimming events.

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