“Venice Biennale”

Swiss pavilion at the Venice Biennale: homage to Alberto Giacometti

Three artists — the duo formed by Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler, along with sculptor Carol Bove ¬— will be paying homage to sculptor Alberto Giacometti at the Venice Biennale, via the exhibition “Women of Venice”. Shown in the Swiss pavilion constructed by Bruno Giacometti, brother of Alberto, the works were specially created for the 2017 Biennale. Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler will be presenting a previously unreleased documentary on Flora Mayo, the artist’s mistress and an artist in her own right, while Carol Bove will be offering a set of new sculptures inspired by groups of figures by the master...

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Venice Biennale 2017: new artists

The 57th edition of the Venice Biennale, to take place from 13 May to 27 November 2017, has announced its new selected artists. While France will be represented by Xavier Veilhan, five artists have been chosen to illustrate their respective countries: Hammad Nasar, will be representing the United Arab Emirates through an exhibition on play. Spain will be represented by Jordi Colomer, while artist Sharon Lockhart will defend Poland through a project on adolescence. Manuel Ocampo will represent the Philippines and James Richards will be participating on behalf of...

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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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Emirati artist Hassan Sharif bows out

The famous artist well known for introducing contemporary art to the United Arab Emirates, Hassan Sharif, passed away on 18 September at the age of 65 years. This pioneering conceptual artist was born in Dubai in 1951. Initially a caricaturist for local newspapers from 1973 onwards, the artist went to London to study fine arts at the Byam Shaw School of Art. His diploma in hand, Sharif returned to live in the Emirates, his ambition being to develop contemporary art in the Gulf countries. He thus founded the Emirates Fine Art Society in 1980 and founded a school in Sharjah in 1984, the Al Marijah Art Atelier, where he taught and acted as mentor for emerging artists. Sharif was three times a jury member of the Sharjah International Art Biennial in 1997, 1999 and 2003. He also cofounded, in 2005, a gallery for contemporary artists, the Flying House in Dubai, and was chosen to represent the United Arab Emirates in 2009 for its very first Venice Biennale. In 2015, he participated in the Biennale...

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BFI London Film Festival honours McQueen

The British Film Institute (BFI) has announced that Steve McQueen has been chosen to receive the BFI fellowship at the awards ceremony of the BFI London Film Festival, to be held on 15 October. Awarded yearly, the BFI fellowship, established in 1983, is a prestigious distinction for film artists. Steve McQueen is being recognised for his exceptional contribution to cinematographic culture, both as an artist and a filmmaker, with his three award-winning films: Hunger (2008), Shame (2011) and 12 Years a Slave (2013). This honour crowns an already heavily honoured career that scored Mcqueen an OBE in 2002, then a CBE in 2011. Apart from his critically acclaimed feature films, McQueen is also known for winning the Turner Prize in 1999. His work has been exhibited worldwide, in venues including the MoMA, the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris, as well as several Venice Biennales, where he represented Great Britain in...

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