The 57th edition of the Biennale di Venezia International Art Exhibition will open to the public from Saturday 13th. www.labiennale.org

La Biennale di Venezia 2017

This is an historical event that was born as a culture oriented society back in 1895 when the very first Art Biannual Exhibition in the world was organized. The aim was to stimulate artistic output and the related market in Venice.

Central Pavilion – photo by Francesco Galli – Courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia

Central Pavilion – photo by Francesco Galli – Courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia

Still today, La Biennale represents a great opportunity for artists, but also for enthusiasts to knowledge Contemporary Art on an international scale entering straight to the heart of this spectacular show. VIVA ARTE VIVA (live Art lives) is not a mere exclamation, but the title of the next Biennale edition expressing  passion for Art and artists.

This wonderful event, which will last until next November, is curated by Christine Macel who thought and proposed a journey into the artists world offering the key to understand their multiple worlds not limiting this way the event on a single theme.

Christine Macel – photo by Jacopo Salvi – Courtesy La Biennale di Venezia.

Christine Macel – photo by Jacopo Salvi – Courtesy La Biennale di Venezia.

It will be a real party for Art, a celebration of their unmatched perspectives and lives that have always pleased the audience and the artists themselves.

«An exhibition inspired to Humanism» states Christine Macel. « A kind of Humanism not focused on an artistic ideal  or characterized by the celebration of human kind able to rule over what surrounds them, but rather a humanism celebrating human kind skills , through Art, to not be dominated by the power ruling the world that, if left alone, can influence human dimension greatly».

«This is a kind of Humanism that is resistance, liberation and generosity simultaneously».

The Exhibition consists of an itinerary developed in nine chapters, or artists clusters: two universes displayed in the venue of Padiglione Centrale ai Giardini (Central Pavilion at the gardens) and the route of the other seven universes runs from the Arsenale to the Giardino delle Vergini.

Younes Rahmoun “Taqiya – Nor” – Beanies, resin, metal structures, light bulbs, electric cables and electricity, variable dimensions 2016 – photo by Y. Rahmoun – Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Imane Farès.

Younes Rahmoun “Taqiya – Nor” – Beanies, resin, metal structures, light bulbs, electric cables and electricity, variable dimensions 2016 – photo by Y. Rahmoun – Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Imane Farès.

The artists participating in the event will be 120 and 103 of them will showcase for the very first time at the International Exhibition and among the 51 countries, three will experience this event for the first time: Antigua Barbuda, Kiribati and Nigeria.

Karla Black – “Verb” – Cardboard, paint, sugar paper, chalk, powder paint, plaster powder, 107 x 200 x 72 cm 2012 – photo by Ronnie Black – Courtesy of Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne.

Karla Black – “Verb” – Cardboard, paint, sugar paper, chalk, powder paint, plaster powder, 107 x 200 x 72 cm 2012 – photo by Ronnie Black – Courtesy of Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne.

Furthermore, the public will have the chance to meet the artists thanks to the “Tavola Aperta” (Open Table) project: on Fridays and Saturdays, one artist will have a shared meal and will explain their work with some visitors. The Pratiche d’Artista project, which started on February 7th, will finish on the opening day of the Biennale. Every day a new video will be posted on the official website of La Biennale allowing to know the artists better.

La mia Biblioteca ( My Library) project, inspired to Walter Benjamin’s essay published in 1931,will allow artists to put together a list f their favorite readings. By doing so, they will offer a mutual knowledge and inspiration to the audience.

Edith Dekyndt – “One and Thousand Nights” installation view – photo by Sven Laurent – Courtesy of the artist and Greta Meert Gallery Brussels; Carl Freedman Gallery London; Karin Guenther Gallery Hamburg; Konrad Fischer Gallery Berlin.

Edith Dekyndt – “One and Thousand Nights” installation view – photo by Sven Laurent – Courtesy of the artist and Greta Meert Gallery Brussels; Carl Freedman Gallery London; Karin Guenther Gallery Hamburg; Konrad Fischer Gallery Berlin.

Biennale has also  complimentary events and projects such as the pavilion dedicated to Applied Arts managed in partnership with Victoria and Albert Museum in  London. Other relevant events are taking place: the 11th International Contemporary Dance Festival in June, the 45th International Theathre Festival in July and August, the 84th International Cinema Show by the end of August/beginning of September and last but not least the 61st International Contemporary Music Festival.

Besides, on the occasion of Biennale an exhibition titled “Personal Structures-open borders” is opening at the wonderful location’s of Palazzo Bembo, Palazzo Mora and Giardini Marinaressa, organized by the European Cultural Centre www.europeanculturalcentre.eu and the non-profit Dutch foundation  GAA (Global Art Affairs) www.globalartaffairs.org. You will have the chance to  see the works by many famous artists such as the American artist originally from Cuba, Leonor Anthony to whom we dedicated and article to some time ago (www.urbanmirrors.com/LeonorAnthony). The theme of the exhibition is artistic sharing aiming at raising awareness and love and accept the differences and consolidate cultural communities.

“North Haven” Last work of Color, A World View. Will be exhibited for the first time at the 57th Venice Biennale. May 13 to Nov 28, 2017. Leonor Anthony – Courtesy of the artist.

“North Haven” Last work of Color, A World View. Will be exhibited for the first time at the 57th Venice Biennale. May 13 to Nov 28, 2017. Leonor Anthony – Courtesy of the artist.

A rich event you cannot miss and must visit!

Article by Loriana Pitarra

English translation by Chiara Vilmercati