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The 2017 Venice Biennale will include 87 national participations in the pavilions at the Giardini and Arsenale in Venice, Italy.

Christine Macel

She says, “The role, the voice and the responsibility of the artist are more crucial than ever before within the framework of contemporary debates. It is in and through these individual initiatives that the world of tomorrow takes shape, which though surely uncertain, is often best intuited by artists than others. VIVA ARTE VIVA is an exclamation, a passionate outcry for art and the state of the artist.”

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News 01 May 2017

Curator Christine Macel calls 57th Venice Biennale ‘a passionate outcry for art’

The 57th edition of Venice Biennale titled ‘Viva Arte Viva’ will take place from 10 May till 26 November 2017. The festival is open to the public from 13 May. This year’s edition is curated by French curator Christine Macel and organized by La Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta.

Images Credit: Andrea Avezzù and Francesco Galli.

The 2017 Venice Biennale will include 87 national participations in the pavilions at the Giardini and Arsenale in Venice, Italy. There are 120 invited artists from 51 countries, and 103 of those will be participating for the first time. Four new countries that will be a part of the festival this year include Antigua and Barbuda, Kiribati, Nigeria and Kazakhstan.

The 2017 Venice Biennale will include 87 national participations in the pavilions at the Giardini and Arsenale in Venice, Italy.

 

Talking about the theme of this year’s exhibition, curator Christine Macel said, “The role, the voice and the responsibility of the artist are more crucial than ever before within the framework of contemporary debates. It is in and through these individual initiatives that the world of tomorrow takes shape, which though surely uncertain, is often best intuited by artists than others. VIVA ARTE VIVA is an exclamation, a passionate outcry for art and the state of the artist.”

Christine Macel

She says, “The role, the voice and the responsibility of the artist are more crucial than ever before within the framework of contemporary debates. It is in and through these individual initiatives that the world of tomorrow takes shape, which though surely uncertain, is often best intuited by artists than others. VIVA ARTE VIVA is an exclamation, a passionate outcry for art and the state of the artist.”

 

The main exhibition will be surrounded by 87 pavilions of participating countries, each with its own curator. A series of parallel events will take place at the Biennale including Open Table. On the Friday and Saturday of every week, artists will host an Open Table (Tavola Aperta) and meet visitors over a casual lunch to discuss their practice. A permanent space will also be created in both exhibition venues for the Artists Practices Project, a series of short videos made by the artists about themselves and their way of working.

 

Unpacking My Library, inspired by Walter Benjamin’s essay published in 1931, will have the artists of the Biennale compiling a list of their favourite books, which will all be available to visitors at the Stirling Pavilion in the Giardini. There will also be several special, site specific and performance projects including about 20 performances in the opening week. The Biennale is also collaborating with Victoria and Albert Museum of London for the Special Project Applied Arts Pavilion, curated by the Cuban artist and sculptor Jorge Pardo. The agreement with Teatro La Fenice is renewed for the Special Project dedicated this year to the opera Cefalo e Procri.  It will be staged at Teatro Malibran in Venice from 29 September to 07 October 2017. The project is entrusted to the French artist Philippe Parreno.

The Biennale Sessions project is dedicated to institutions that develop research and training in architecture, art and related fields, and to Universities and Fine Arts Academies. The goal is to offer favourable conditions for students and teachers to organize three-day group visits for 50 people or more. There will also be educational activities for individuals and groups of students from schools of all levels and grades, from universities and fine arts academies, and to professionals, companies, experts, architecture fans and families. These initiatives aim to actively involve participants in both Guided Tours and Creative Workshops.

 

Official website of Biennale Arte 2017: www.labiennale.org  

Official hashtag: #BiennaleArte2017

 

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