The 54th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia will take place from June 4th to November 27th this year.
International Modern Art has been displayed in Venice for 108 years!
Although the primary venues will be the multitude of national pavilions in the Giardini Publicca and the creation of “para-pavilions” by artists working in the historic Arsenale galleries, both in Sestiere Castello, other exhibitions and programs will occur at several dozen sites around the City of Venice. Some will be in deconsecrated churches, some in palazzi seldom open to the public, some in university buildings or in public spaces.
The Biennale places contemporary – today’s contemporary, not 2010’s old contemporary – modern art from around the world on display in a City famous for showcasing 20th Century modern art in some of the most prestigious museums for that genre in the world, amidst the incredible art and architecture of this most historic city.
The Director of Visual Arts and curator of the art exhibition this year is Bice Curiger. She is the curator of the Zurich Kunsthaus, author, critic and co-founder of Parkett, the long-running contemporary arts magazine.
Ms. Curiger has selected ILLUMInazioni (ILLUMI-nations) as the title of this year’s exhibition, “to draw attention to the importance of…current developments in international art..in a globalized world.” Thus, Illumination, nations and dissemination.
The work of Tintoretto as the cutting edge, illuminating departure from then-traditional representational art of the Renaissance is intended to be used as a foil for comparison with contemporary manifestations in art. Tintoretto’s work is gloriously displayed across the length and breadth of Venice in churches and scuola. Effective consideration of the contrasts and similarities to this year’s selection of contemporary art is thus uniquely and remarkably possible, allowing personal observation and critique of the originals of each age despite centuries of separation.
“The term ‘nations’ in ILLUMInations applies metaphorically to recent developments in the arts all over the world, where overlapping groups form collectives of people representing a wide variety of smaller, more local activities and mentalities”.