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Tracy Emin et al eclipsed by Italian motorboat

The best modern artists in the world found themselves sadly eclipsed at the Venice Biennale when the Pershing 72 rocked up.

The stunning craft put most of the work on show in the shade as it lay moored in the city’s traditional ship-building area, the Arsenal, surrounded by the very best of what the prestigious international exhibition had to offer.

Pershing have taken the brand new ?2.9 million craft on a tour of the Med, starting at the Split Boat Show in the Spring, and it was the turn of Venice earlier this month.

MBY saw the 72 at the Palma Boat Show and gave it a big thumbs up (see MBY July, page 28). It is powered by twin 1,823hp engines with Arneson surface drives, which despite the boat’s 50-tonne weight, give a 47-knot top speed.

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Pershing say: “This location succeeded in enhancing the tight bond between the brand and the world of design, partly thanks to the fleet being moored in the Venetian Arsenal, in the midst of the Biennale exhibition area. Here guests were able to enjoy typical Pershing atmosphere surrounded by the contemporary art currently on display.”

Britain’s representative in the Biennale this year is Tracey Emin, who was reportedly interested in the boat, but Margate doesn’t have a marina.