57th International Art Exhibition,
la Biennale di Venezia
13 May - 26 November 2017
Press preview: 10 - 12 May 2017
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."
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.
(© Photos: Universes in Universe)
Tehching Hsieh, an influential figure in the history of conceptual and performance art, represents Taiwan with an exhibition curated by Adrian Heathfield.
5 artists on the theme of 'play' and how it functions in the world - as a source of vitality and a method of navigation. Curator: Hammad Nasar.
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