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The 2017 Venice Biennale, with Phyllida Barlow at the British Pavilion

Phyllida Barlow is the artist selected for the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. John Wilson visits the city as the 57th International Art Exhibition opens its doors.

As the six-month-long 57th International Art Exhibition - otherwise known as the Venice Biennale - opens its doors to the world, John Wilson reports from the Italian city.

The artist selected for the British Pavilion in the Giardini this year is 73-year-old Phyllida Barlow, following in the footsteps of Henry Moore, Francis Bacon, Barbara Hepworth, Howard Hodgkin and Rachel Whiteread. Phyllida Barlow describes the new large-scale sculptures made of concrete, wood, cloth and polystyrene that she has created for her show Folly, and discusses the challenge of representing Britain in an age of global political unrest.

Presenter John Wilson
Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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Phyllida Barlow’s ‘baubles’

Phyllida Barlow’s ‘baubles’
These greet you outside the British Pavilion in the Giardini at the Venice Biennale 2017.

Phyllida Barlow and John Wilson next to her ‘Venetian balcony’

Phyllida Barlow and John Wilson next to her ‘Venetian balcony’

This forms part of Phyllida's folly installation at the British Pavilion in the Giardini, Venice.

John Wilson talks to Phyllida Barlow about her new exhibition

John Wilson is our guide to the Giardini at the Venice Biennale

John Wilson in the first gallery of Folly

John Wilson in the first gallery of Folly

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Presenter John Wilson
Interviewed Guest Phyllida Barlow
Producer Jerome Weatherald

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