“Christine Macel”

Six exhibitions to see in Venice during the Biennale

From 13 May to 26 November, a dense programme has been scheduled at Venice for the 57th Biennale. From Xavier Veilhan’s “Merzbau musical” to Mark Bradford’s social project, we take a little look at the openings not to miss. This year, the Venice Biennale is being steered by a Frenchwoman, Christine Macel, curator of the department of contemporary and prospective creation at the Centre Pompidou. The event’s theme, “Viva Arte Viva”, covers the capacity of artists to “invent their own universes” and “inject vitality into the world we live in”, in the words Paolo Baratta, president of the Venice Biennale foundation. This faith in art and the future is a deliberate choice on Baratta’s part after a beautiful but austere 2015 vintage, curated by Okwui Enwezor (“All the World’s Futures”). The Italian city will be welcoming numerous exhibitions and national pavilions simultaneously. Much to see, to hear, and to reflect on…   French Pavilion: a new-generation recording studio This year, the French Pavilion at the Venice Biennale is being overseen by Xavier Veilhan, and shouldered by curators Lionel Bovier (director of the MAMCO in Geneva) and Christian Marclay (artist and musician). Veilhan, as successor to Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, is setting up a project called “Merzbau musical” which plays on the volumes and decors of the French Pavilion’s space, drawing inspiration from a recording studio. The exhibition’s title is a nod to Kurt Schwitters whose “Merzbau” consisted of a habitable construction of variable dimensions, composed of salvaged objects. Schwitters’ project, initially intended to be named “Cathédrale de la misère érotique” (Cathedral of Erotic Misery), started in Hannover, then continued in Oslo and New York, throughout the artist’s life. In the French Pavilion, Xavier Veilhan places at the public’s disposal all types of musical instruments – some existing, others invented for the...

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Title of the next Venice Biennale

The president of the Venice Biennale, Paolo Baratta, and the biennale’s artistic director, Christine Macel, have announced the title of the 57th edition: “Viva Arte Viva”. Christine Macel thus presented the project: “In a world full of conflicts and and jolts, in which humanism is being seriously jeopardized, art is the most precious part of the human being. It is the ideal place for reflection, individual expression, freedom and fundamental questions. (…) More than ever, the role, the voice and the responsibility of the artist are crucial in the framework of contemporary debates.” Every week, over the biennale’s six-month period, the public will be invited to a table at which they can converse with an artist over lunch. The list of artists is yet to be revealed, but Macel states that the exhibition will be presenting different generations of artists while exploring the Latin American, Asian and Middle Eastern scenes in particular, as well as Eastern...

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Christine Macel, curator of the Venice Biennale 2017

The Venice Biennale board has made its choice: Christine Macel will be curator of the 57th Venice Biennale, to be held from 13 May to 26 November 2017. Christine Macel was born in 1969 in Paris. She studied art history before joining the Plastic Arts Delegation (a department that was part of the French Ministry of Culture’s central administration) in 1995 as an inspector in charge of artistic creation. A professor at the École du Louvre from 1997 to 2002, she joined the Centre Pompidou in 2000, as chief curator. Here, she founded a department, “Contemporary and Prospective Creation”, as well as Espace 315 devoted to young artists. In Venice, she was curator of the Belgian pavilion in 2007, devoted to Éric Duyckaerts, and the French pavilion in 2013, designed by artist Anri Sala. Christine Macel’s candidature was put forward by the president of the committee Paolo...

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