In 2012, the Louvre received more visitors than the Vatican and Mecca put together and the global art market reached 64 billion dollars, four times the size of the market for recorded music. But at the peak of its popularity, art still mystifies: visitors to museums and galleries typically spend about two seconds in front of each work of art, and eight seconds reading each artwork’s caption. What are we looking at? What is art? We posed the question to critics, gallery owners, collectors and visitors at the 55th Venice Art Biennale.
Video and interviews by Ries Straver
Title design by Tim Wan