“Biennal”

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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Launch of the Front International triennial in Cleveland in 2018

A 2018 launch for the Front International triennial in Cleveland, USA, has been announced by its artistic directors Michelle Grabner and Jens Hoffmann, after the latter were brought on board the project by the event’s director Fred Bidwell. The first edition, called “An American City”, will be held from 7 July to 30 September 2018, featuring works by over 50 international artists. Iconic spots in Cleveland will be part of the event, such as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the FirstEnergy Stadium, and the Great Lakes Science...

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Marseille to host Manifesta in 2020

During the press conference of the Art-O-Rama fair in Marseille, the city’s mayor, Jean-Claude Gaudin, and the director of Manifesta, Hedwig Fijen, officially announced that the 13th edition of this international biennale is to be held in Marseille in 2020. This is the biennale’s first event in France. The chosen theme asks: “Can an anti-model of a city be a place to rethink the...

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Athens Biennale 2011 // MONODROME

Athens, 4 November 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA). The third edition of Athens MONODROME Biennale, which has already started, will last until 11 December 2011. The international art festival is being hosted in three places, at the Diplareios School, at the Arts Centre as well as at the Eleftherios Venizelos Museum. In total, over 100 figures from the world art (artists, groups, curators, theorists) will take part in the MONODROME program which proposes an exhibition along with various demonstrations. The exhibition was created by curators Xenia Kalpaktsoglou, Poka-Yio and Augustine Zenakos along with Nicolas Bourriaud, current head principle of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris. They have chosen a particular theme for this event: “The Little Prince meets Walter Benjamin”. The theme aims to encourage artists to present a socio-political and financial representation by putting their ideas forward in a poetic and universal world. As Greece is in the middle of a financial crisis, it couldn’t be a more relevant time for artists to reflect on the political situation of the country. Organisers believe that the exhibition provides the opportunity to reflect ideas on the world, however also engaging in political action. In fact, they have decided to transform Biennale into a sit-in and to lead the conversation with collectives, political organisations as well as citizens, in order to create a political moment rather than a political performance. Apart from the exhibition, a film about the Biennale created by Nicolas Bourriaud will be presented in the art and cinema world. The film is based on both real and fictitious events. Alongside the event, numerous exhibitions and demonstrations have been organised in Athens by institutions, museums and...

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Performa 11 in New York

New York, 4 November 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA). The fourth edition of Performa 11 festival is currently taking place  in New York  until 21 November. The Performa festival focuses on representing performing arts within the art scene. During the three weeks of the Biennal event, the public will be able to discover in various New York spaces, hundreds of varied arts such as dance, music, fashion, design or culinary art. The festival will transform the city into an enormous art performance with the help of over fifty institutions and curators. Performa, founded in 2004 by RoseLee Goldberg, is a demonstration exclusively dedicated to performing arts in 20th century art history and encourages contemporary performances with new dimensions. The first Performa 05 Biennal took place in New York in...

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