Salma Hayek and her husband Francois Henri Pinault are in Venice with their daughter Valentina. Elton John, David Furnish, and their sons Zachary and Elijah -- cute! -- have arrived there too. Also, Leonardo DiCaprio who still hasn’t outgrown his jump-into-dumpster-when-paps-are-around phase.
What’s going on in Venice? Are they there for the Biennale? It kicks off on Saturday and previews start today through Friday. Exhibits from 88 countries will be featured this year, including an Iraqi pavilion, highlighting for the first time “artists living and working in the country, rather than those exiled overseas” and how they’re “emerging not only from the crippling effects of invasion and the struggle to exist in a postwar world of fragile security, but from years of the dead hand of the Saddam regime, when the only art training available was deeply conservative and tinged by a prevailing social-realist aesthetic”. Click here to read a really interesting article about the process of curating Iraq’s pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
Leo’s obviously there for the art, right?