THE VENICE ART BIENNALE 2017: the 57th International Art Exhibition
The Venice Art Biennale. The Venice Art Biennale is the most important international art exhibition in the world.
The first edition dates back to 1895, and since then, the Venice Art Biennale, every two years, has gathered in Venice the most important contemporary artists causing quarrels, scandals, protests, inspirations, and much more.
SEE ALSO: photos of Biennale 2015.
The greatest artists have exhibited their works of art at the Venice Art Biennale, including: Gustav Klimt, Henry Matisse, Modigliani (in 1922, two years after his death, a retrospective exhibition was arranged, which provoked several debates), De Chirico, Dalì, Kandinsky, Pollock, Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, and Maurizio Cattelan, just to mention a few.
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Last update 12 ottobre 2016
The dates of the Venice Art Biennale 2017
The 57th edition of the Venice Art Biennale is scheduled to run from May 13th to November 26th 2017.
The curator of the Venice Art Biennale 2017
Christine Macel will be the curator of the Venice Art Biennale 2017.
She’s just the fourth woman to have directed the prestigious Venice Art Biennale since 1895, after Maria de Corral, Rosa Martinez and Bice Curiger. Since 2000 French Christine Macel has been Chief Curator at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and as President Paolo Baratta declared: “Her experience in the Department of “Création Contemporaine et prospective” at the Centre Pompidou in Paris has long offered her a vantage point rich in potential from which to observe new energies coming from various parts of the world”.
The title chosen for the 57th International Art Exhibition (UPDATE 12 OCTOBER 2016)
A Biennale designed with the artists, by the artists and for the artists. It deals with the forms they propose, the questions they pose, the practices they develop and the forms of life they choose.
Theme VIVA ARTE VIVA (UPDATE12 FEBRUARY 2017)
The Exhibition offers a route that unfolds over the course of nine chapters or families of artists:
- two introductory realms in the Central Pavilion;
- seven across the Arsenale through the Giardino delle Vergini.
Christine Macel has called it – «an Exhibition inspired by humanism. This type of humanism is neither focused on an artistic ideal to follow nor is it characterized by the celebration of mankind as beings who can dominate their surroundings. If anything, this humanism, through art, celebrates mankind’s ability to avoid being dominated by the powers governing world affairs. These powers, if left to their own devices, can greatly affect the human dimension, in a detrimental sense.»
Each of the nine chapters or families of artists of the Exhibition «represents a Pavilion in itself, or rather a Trans-Pavilion as it is trans-national by nature but echoes the Biennale’s historical organisation into pavilions, the number of which has never ceased to grow since the end of the 1990s.»
The Nine Trans-Pavilions
The Pavilion of Artists and Books opens on a tension between action and inaction, between laziness and active engagement. This section of the exhibition looks at ways of being an artist, the reasons, both good and bad for “making art” today, looking also – with a hint of sarcasm – at the art milieu itself.
The Pavilion of Joys and Fears explores the relationship between the individual and his own existence, his emotions and feelings or the ones he tries to generate. In a world shaken by conflicts, wars, and increasing inequality that lead to populism and anti-elitism, subjective emotions resurface, now more than ever.
Next on our journey, The Pavilion of the Common greets us in the Arsenale around the work of artists exploring the notion of the common world and the way to build a community, as a way to counter individualism and self-interests, which represent a worrisome threat in today’s troubling climate.
Likewise, The Pavilion of the Earth is centred onenvironmental, animal and planetary utopias, observations and dreams. From communitarian utopias reminiscent of the ecological or esoteric ideas typical of the 1970s, to current theories about the ties between climate and capitalist strategies, as well as individual fictions; all conjure both a sense of melancholy and a profound joy.
In The Pavilion of the Shamans, many artists subscribe to the definition of the artist as a “shaman”, and there are also those who become “missionaries”, as per Duchamps’s definition, stirred by an internal vision. This figure, which Joseph Beuys made his own, from which few managed to recover, and was mostly -in retrospect- underestimated, takes on today a new dimension, at a time where the need for care and spirituality is greater than ever.
The Dionysian Pavilion celebrates the female body and its sexuality, life and pleasure, all with joy and a sense of humour, and features numerous works created by female artists. The Pavilion is a hymn to sensuality and inebriation, combined with music, dance, singing, and trance as ways to access this dimension, where new states of consciousness seem possible.
120 are the invited artists from 51 countries; 103 of these are participating for the first time.
Every Friday and Saturday of every week, during the six months of the exhibition, artists will host an Open Table (Tavola Aperta) and meet visitors over a casual lunch to hold a lively conversation about their practice.
The Open Table (Tavola Aperta) events will be streamed live on La Biennale’s website.
Starting from February 7th until the opening of the Exhibition, videos will be uploaded on la Biennale’s website, giving the public the opportunity to become familiar with the invited artists.
This is both a way to get to know the artists better and a source of inspiration for the public. The list of books will be published in the exhibition at the Central Pavilion and in the catalogue. The books listed by all the participating artists will be available to visitors at the Stirling Pavilion in the Giardini.
The performances will all be streamed live on La Biennale’s website. The videos will remain on view in a dedicated room of the Arsenale.
the 57th International Art Exhibition – The Venice Art Biennale 2017
13 maggio – 26 novembre 2017