La Biennale di Venezia 2017
The 57th International Art Exhibition, titled VIVA ARTE VIVA and curated by Christine Macel, is organised by La Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta. The art exhibition will be open to the public from Saturday May 13th to Sunday November 26th 2017, at the Giardini and the Arsenale venues. The preview will take place on May 10th, 11th and 12th, the awards ceremony and inauguration will be held on Saturday May 13th 2017.
Viva Art Viva
The theme for Venice is Viva Art Viva, offering in very French fashion, “a journey from the interiority to infinity” through a sequence of interconnected “Trans-pavilions”. VIVA ARTE VIVA will unfold over the course of nine chapters or families of artists, beginning with two introductory realms in the Central Pavilion, followed by another seven across the Arsenale through the Giardino delle Vergini. 120 are the invited artists from 51 countries; 103 of these are participating for the first time. The exhibition will also include 85 national participations in the historic Pavilions at the Giardini, at the Arsenale and in the historic city centre of Venice. There are 3 countries which are participating for the first time: Antigua and Barbuda, Kiribati, Nigeria.
The 57th exhibition introduces a further development this year, which is dedicated to celebrating the existence of art and artists, whose worlds expand our perspective and the space of our existence. La Biennale di Venezia is inspired by humanism, which is neither focused on an artistic ideal to follow nor is it characterised by the celebration of mankind as beings who can dominate their surroundings. The humanity rigour art celebrates mankind’s ability to avoid being dominated by the powers governing world affairs.
Highlights of La Biennale di Venezia
‘The Unplayed Notes Factory’ 2017 by Loris Gréaud, on view at the Campiello della Pescheria, Murano from 11th May to 26th Nov 2017.
French artist Loris Gréaud will revive an abandoned glass furnace on an island in Murano district during the Venice Biennale for his immersive installation ‘The Unplayed Notes Factory’. It will play host to a whole new trade, an unofficial production line. The continuous performance of the glass gaffers on site will soon turn into a strange ‘tableau vivant’.
‘Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable’ by Damien Hirst, on at Punta della Dogana and Palazzo Grassi until 3th Dec 2017.
Damien Hirst leads visitors on a trail around two museums filled with treasures plundered from an ‘ancient shipwreck’. His coral-covered heroes, gods and leviathans are not quite what they seem. However, if you look closely, you will spot some familiar faces peering back at you.
‘The Golden Tower’ (1990) by James Lee Byars, on display at Campo San Vio, Dorsoduro from 13th May to 26th Nov 2017.
You will not fail to miss this totemic golden installation, rising 65 feet. It was conceived by enigmatic American artist James Lee Byars, who died in 1997 and is best known for his performance pieces.