Taking Venice


Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Fri, Jun 7 3:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Sat, Jun 8 3:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Sun, Jun 9 6:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Mon, Jun 10 3:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Wed, Jun 12 6:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Thu, Jun 13 6:30 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Documentary Feature
Release Year:2023
Run Time:98 minutes
Production Country:United States, France, Italy
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Amei Wallach


“Taking Venice” uncovers the true story behind rumors that the U.S. government and a team of high-placed insiders rigged the 1964 Venice Biennale – the Olympics of art – so their chosen artist, Robert Rauschenberg, could win the Grand Prize.

At the height of the Cold War, the U.S. government is determined to fight Communism with culture. The Venice Biennale, the world’s most influential art exhibition, becomes a proving ground in 1964.

Alice Denney, Washington insider and friend of the Kennedys, recommends Alan Solomon, an ambitious curator making waves with trailblazing art, to organize the U.S. entry. Together with Leo Castelli, a powerful New York art dealer, they embark on a daring plan to make Robert Rauschenberg the winner of the Grand Prize.

The artist is yet to be taken seriously with his combinations of junk off the street and images from pop culture, but he has the potential to dazzle. Deftly pulling off maneuvers that could have come from a Hollywood thriller, the American team leaves the international press crying foul and Rauschenberg questioning the politics of nationalism that sent him there.