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57th Venice Biennale, 2017

57th International Art Exhibition,
la Biennale di Venezia

13 May - 26 November 2017

Viva Arte Viva
Central International Exhibition

Curator: Christine Macel


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."
complete Statement by Baratta

Photo tours through the Central Exhibition:


Special Features by Universes in Universe:


More visual tours:

Informative photo tours including a selection of national pavilions and parallel exhibitions throughout the city


Awards of the 57th International Art Exhibition:

Golden Lion for best National Participation:
Germany, Anne Imhof

Special mention for a National Participation:
Brazil, Cinthia Marcelle

Golden Lion for the Best Artist of the exhibition Viva Arte Viva:
Franz Erhard Walther (* 1939 Germany)

Silver Lion for a Promising Young Artist:
Hassan Khan (* 1975 UK)

Special mentions:
Charles Atlas (* 1949 USA)
Petrit Halilaj (* 1986 Kosovo)

Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement:
Carolee Schneemann


Jury of the 57th International Art Exhibition:
Manuel J. Borja-Villel (President of the Jury, Spain)
Francesca Alfano Miglietti (Italy)
Amy Cheng (Taiwan)
Ntone Edjabe (Cameroon)
Mark Godfrey (Great Britain)


Organizer, contact:
La Biennale di Venezia
Settore Arte
Ca' Giustinian
San Marco 1364/A
30124 Venezia, Italy
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Visual Art Press Office:
infoartivisive(at)labiennale.org
Tel.: +39 041 - 5218 849

Giardini and Arsenale, opening times:
13 May - 26 November
Tue - Sun 10 am - 6 pm
Only Arsenale until 30 September:
Fri, Sat 10 am - 8 pm
Closed on Mondays - except 15 Aug., 4 Sept., 30 Oct., 20 Nov.

More information and tickets:
Website of La Biennale di Venezia


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