57th International Art Exhibition,
la Biennale di Venezia
13 May - 26 November 2017
Press preview: 10 - 12 May 2017
Like for all editions since 2001, Universes in Universe will publish an extensive Special about the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017. This preview is continuously updated as soon as new information is available. After the opening will follow informative photo tours.
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When nominating Christine Macel as the Curator of the 57th International Art Exhibition, Paolo Baratta, the President of La Biennale di Venezia, had declared: "In the wake of the Biennale Arte directed by Okwui Enwezor, centred on the theme of the rifts and divisions that pervade the world, and aware that we are currently living in an age of anxiety, La Biennale has selected Christine Macel as a curator committed to emphasizing the important role artists play in inventing their own universes and injecting generous vitality into the world we live in.".
In September 2016, Baratta added to this: "The world needs generosity more than ever. Art needs the world to trust in its potential more than ever. La Biennale is one of the ideal places to foster such an exchange. By finding inspiration in a humanist vision and keeping the focus on the artist's creative act, the Mostra will also promote a new and more intense dialogue between visitors and many of the artists on display, through a programme of meetings specifically designed in time and space for the occasion."
The title chosen by Christine Macel for the 57th International Art Exhibition is:
The curator has explained her project as follows:
"In a world full of conflicts and jolts, in which humanism is being seriously jeopardized, art is the most precious part of the human being. It is the ideal place for reflection, individual expression, freedom and fundamental questions. It is a 'yes' to life, although sometimes a 'but' lies behind. More than ever, the role, the voice and the responsibility of the artist are crucial in the framework of contemporary debates.
Viva Arte Viva is also an exclamation, an expression of the passion for art and for the state of the artist. Viva Arte Viva is 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.
The Exhibition organically evolves in a sequence of pavilions, rooms and stanze, offering the spectator an experience, i.e. a journey, from the interiority to the infinity.
These pavilions or Trans-pavilions, which gather artists of all generations and origins, sinuously follow one another like chapters of a book. From the Pavilion of artists and books to the Pavilion of time and infinity, a dozen universes tell a conversational and sometimes paradoxical story, concerning the complexity of the world and the variety of positions and practices.
The Exhibition also aims to be an experience, representing an extroversion movement towards the other, towards a common place and towards the most indefinable dimensions, opening the pathways to a neo-humanism.
Every week, during the six months of the exhibition, the artist and his public will participate to an Open Table (Tavola Aperta) where they can have lunch together and where they can dialogue and talk about the artist’s practice.
Every day, during the weeks before the opening of the Exhibition, a video will be posted on the Biennale official website, giving the opportunity to uncover the artists even before the Exhibition"
(From press information, 22 September 2016
© Photos of Baratta and Macel: La Biennale di Venezia)
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