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57th Venice Biennale, 2017

57th International Art Exhibition,
la Biennale di Venezia

13 May - 26 November 2017
Press preview: 10 - 12 May 2017


In February, the Venice Biennale released new information about the 57th International Art Exhibition - see:

Viva Arte Viva - Special Feature
Central international exhibition: Introduction by Christine Macel (also in video); list of the 120 participants.

National Pavilions - complete list

Viva Arte Viva - central international exhibition

Paolo Baratta, the President of La Biennale di Venezia, presenting this edition, said: "The 57th Exhibition introduces a further development. It is as though what has always been our primary work method —encounter and dialogue— has now become the theme of the Exhibition, because this year’s Biennale is dedicated to celebrating, and almost giving thanks for, the very existence of art and artists, whose worlds expand our perspective and the space of our existence. Christine Macel has called it an 'Exhibition inspired by humanism.' (…) In this type of humanism, the artistic act is contemporaneously an act of resistance, of liberation and of generosity."

He also stressed the fact that, the curator’s main Exhibition is surrounded by the 85 pavilions of participating countries, each with its own curator, "which will once more bring to life the pluralism of voices which is a hallmark of La Biennale di Venezia."

complete Statement by Baratta


Viva Arte Viva

Christine Macel, the curator of the central international exhibition, about her concept:
"Viva Arte Viva is an exclamation, a passionate outcry for art and the state of the artist. Viva Arte Viva is a Biennale designed with the artists, by the artists and for the artists."
"Today, in a world full of conflicts and shocks, art bears witness to the most precious part of what makes us human. Art is the ultimate ground for reflection, individual expression, freedom, and for fundamental questions. (…) The role, the voice and the responsibility of the artist are more crucial than ever before within the framework of contemporary debates."

The Exhibition in the Arsenale and Central Pavilion of the Giardini organically evolves in a sequence of nine Trans-pavilions, which follow one another like chapters of a book.

Special Feature Viva Arte Viva


(© Photos: Universes in Universe)


Special Features by Universes in Universe:

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. After the opening will follow informative photo tours. About news we inform via our
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Golden Lion for Carolee Schneemann

Carolee Schneemann is the recipient of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement of the 57th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, 2017.
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