“57th Venice Biennale”

The Swiss pavilion of the 57th Venice Biennale pays homage to Alberto Giacometti

In 2017, the Swiss pavilion’s exhibition for the 57th Venice Biennale, from 13 May to 26 November, will be curated by Philipp Kaiser and will pay homage to Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966). Titled “Women of Venice”, this group exhibition will focus on the contemporary legacy of the sculptor who systematically declined invitations to represent Switzerland in Venice.  Alberto Giacometti, born in Borgonovo in the Grisons canton, defined himself as an international artist and always refused to be associated with a national identity. Even when the new Swiss pavilion was constructed by his brother, architect Bruno Giacometti, in 1952, Alberto, invited to show his works there, suggested that another artist be featured instead of him. In 1956, he finally agreed to present, in the French pavilion, a set of sculptures called “Women of Venice”. Alberto Giacometti was awarded the Grand Prix for Sculpture in Venice in 1962, several years before his death, as a sign of international recognition of his...

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Singapore pavilion entrusted to artist Zai Kuning

Artist Zai Kuning will be representing Singapore under exhibition curator June Yap at the 57th Venice Biennale, to be held from 13 May to 26 November 2017. Their proposal alludes to over 30 years of research by the artist into Malaysian history and culture in Southeast Asia. Born in Singapore in 1964, Zai’s work has been shown in a number of major group exhibitions, including “Who interprets the world?” at the Kanazawa Contemporary Art Museum in Japan, and “Secret Archipelago” (2015) at the Palais de Tokyo in...

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Call for projects for the inaugural Antarctic Biennale

The artistic directors of the first Antarctic Biennale, to be held from 27 March to 6 April 2017, has launched a call for international applications from artists under 35 years, in response to the maxim “Mobilis in Mobile”. The jury includes artist Alexander Ponomarev and board members, Defne Ayas, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Hoor Al-Qasimi and Nadim Samman. The fifteen finalists will be invited to take part in a group exhibition in the Antarctic Pavilion in Venice in summer 2017 during the 57th edition of the Contemporary Art...

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A few details on the 57th Venice Biennale

The 57th Venice Biennale is continuing to take form. Gal Weinstein will be representing Israel, Zad Moultaka will be representing Lebanon, while Tamara Chalabi and Paolo Colombo will be curators of the Iraqi pavilion. Born in Ramat Gan in 1970, Gal Weinstein lives and works in Tel Aviv. He took part in the Sao Paulo Biennale in 2002, and has held solo exhibitions in Israel’s largest museums as well as the San Francisco Art Institute. The curator of the Israeli pavilion, Tami Katz-Freiman, and Gal Weinstein, were selected by a committee comprising Mira Lapidot and Meir Aharonson. Through painting, photography, installation, sculpture and video, the artist turns his attention to research and scientific procedures relating to natural phenomena as well as chaos in the physical world. Meanwhile, Tamara Chalabi and Paolo Colombo will be curators of the Iraqi pavilion. Tamara Chalabi is president and cofounder of the Ruya Foundation, and Paolo Colombo, art advisor at the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art. The exhibition, called “Archaic”, will question the duality of the notions of history and antiquity, matching artefacts from the region with modern art works and productions by contemporary Iraqi artists. Turning to Lebanon, this country will be represented by Zad Moultaka. This artist and composer will be presenting a multimedia work in Santa Maria della Misericordia Church in the Cannaregio district. Emmanuel Daydé will be the exhibition’s curator. Zad Moultaka blends “musical invention with visual research in an approach where technology takes inspiration from the archaic,” says Emmanuel Daydé. His work explores the themes of separation, time immemorial and memory of the moment. The artist has given a few specifications on his project and ambition: “In these times when the Middle East is crumbling before our eyes, foundering in fratricidal wars, every act, every thought must be moved...

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The 57th Venice Biennale takes shape

Cecilia Alemani has been appointed to curate the Italian Pavilion at the next Venice Biennale, as announced by Dario Franceschini, the Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities, who speaks about a “very ambitious and innovative” project. It is only the second time that Italy has entrusted a woman with the curacy after Ida Gianelli in 2007. Director of High Line Art in New York since 2011, Cecilia Alemanie is also curator of the Frieze Projects during the Frieze. Between 2009 and 2010, she was the director of the art centre X-Initiative in New York and collaborated with the Tate Modern in London, the MoMA PS1 and the Palazzo Grassi in Venice. For Turkey, the artist Cevdet Erek has been chosen to represent his national pavilion by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV). After studying architecture at Mimar Sinon University, he underwent a training in sound engineering and design at Istanbul Technical University. He already took part in the Istanbul Biennale, the Sydney Biennale, the Sharjah Biennale as well as the Documenta 13, where he had proposed a much remarked installation, the Room of Rythms, which was displayed again at the 14th Istanbul Biennale and the MAXXI in Rome in 2014. He was in residency at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. For the Venice Biennale, Cevdet Erek will present a collaborative project with a team whose members will be announced in a few...

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