I love Christine Macel’s Venice Biennale By Virginie Puertolas-Syn

Much has been said about the Biennale. It is daring indeed from Christine Macel, the French curator from Pompidou appointed the curator of the Venice Biennale 2017, to extract herself from the actual political and social turmoil the world is facing.

11 May 2017

Venice Biennale 57 A Bold Brash Statement to Counter The Earnest-Hearted

Running around the Venice Biennale is like any other big art event work and pleasure.

7 April 2017

Unbelievable – Damien Hirst Treasures In Venice Are A Shipwreck

Damien Hirst’s latest exhibition which opens to the public on April 9th, 2017, titled “Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable,” focuses on a fictitious ship wreck which happened some 2,000 years ago off the coast of East Africa.

21 March 2017

Pavilion of Humanity Unites Two Diverse Women Artists During 57th Venice Biennale

Objection, a collaborative exhibition unites two emerging women artists, Michal Cole Israel/UK and Ekin Onat Turkey/Germany, at the Pavilion of Humanity during the 57th Venice Biennale.

3 March 2016

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Sarah Lucas Works From Venice Biennale Exhibited At London’s John Soane Museum

Sarah Lucas will unveil  POWER IN WOMAN, an exhibition In spring 2016 at the Sir John Soane’s Museum. Three sculptures will be displayed in the North Drawing Room, each depicting a female figure in cast plaster. These works were first shown last year as part of Lucas’s acclaimed commission by the British Council for the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, I SCREAM DADDIO. […]

23 June 2015

Jenny Holzer: Unveils Her New War Paintings At The Venice Biennale

Jenny Holzer’s twenty large works got their starting point from government documents concerning the military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq post-9/11 related to the global war on terror. These documents were released under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which provides public access to military records. The documents include memoranda, diplomatic communications, autopsy reports, […]

27 May 2015

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In Conversation: Artist Peter Doig And Tate Director Nicholas Serota

During the Preview week of the Venice Biennale Artlyst was privileged to attend a conversation between Peter Doig, the Turner Prize nominated artist and Sir Nicholas Serota, Director of the Tate. The talk took place in front of Doig’s new paintings at the beautiful historic rooms of the Palazzetto Tito (until October 4th 2015). The exhibition curated by Milovan […]

11 May 2015

Singapore Pavilion Makes A Successful Come Back At Venice Biennale Arsenale

After a brief hiatus in 2013, Singapore returns to Venice this year with a pavilion in the historic Arsenale, in the newly restored Sale d’Armi building,.  It is an important year for the City State which is celebrating its 50 anniversary, and its the soon-to-be-opened National Gallery demonstrates its willingness to grow as a centre for artistic production and research in Asia. Charles […]

9 May 2015

Peter Doig and Sean Scully Grand Exhibitions Staged In Venetian Palaces

As well as the events mounted in the two main centres, the Arsenale and the Giardini, the Venice Biennale hosts a number of official collateral exhibitions. The advantages of seeing these collateral events are they are often housed in one of the many Palazzos dotted all over Venice or in the lesser known Museums which are often converted from these palazzos. Two such exhibitions are Peter Doig at the Palazzetto Tito and Sean Scully: Land and Sea at the Palazzo Falier. Both artists are showing new works, many of which have been conceived especially for these shows.

8 May 2015

Korean Pavilion: Moon Kyungwon And Jeon Joonho – Venice Biennale 2015

In the Korean pavilion, Artists Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho are presenting new site-specific work ‘The Ways of Folding Space & Flying’ (2015). The new multi-channel film installation is curated by Lee Sook-kyung of the Tate Research Centre Asia-Pacific and the Asia Pacific Acquisitions Committee at Tate. She was previously Exhibitions & Displays Curator at […]

7 May 2015

Venice Biennale Satellite Exhibitions: Following The Political Trail

Venice Biennale is set in on of then most unique and beautiful places on earth- Venice, Italy. The biennale lasts from 9 May to 22 November 2015, with official biennale pavilions featuring the best of each countries’ artists, while the central pavilion for the 56th Biennale is curated by Okwui Enwezor. Okwui set the path […]

7 May 2015

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Sarah Lucas Unveils Spectacular Yellow Pavilion At 56th Venice Biennale

Sarah Lucas unveiled her spectacular yellow pavilion, yesterday, at the Venice Biennale. I SCREAM DADDIO is a new exhibition by the artist who is a seminal part of the YBA group. The installation of sculpture was conceived and created for the British Pavilion at the 56th International Art Exhibition. The after launch was accompanied by a surprise set of music by the iconic Mick Jones formerly of the Punk band the Clash and Big Audio Dynamite.

5 May 2015

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Jonas Mekas Pioneer Of Internet Art Presents Four Projections In Venice

Jonas Mekas has been a pioneer of internet art since 2006 when he started experimenting with new online audio-visual techniques.  In 2007, he completed a series of 365 short films released on the internet, one film every day, and since then has continued to share new work on his website. At the Spazio Ridotto, Mekas’ Birth of a […]

1 May 2015

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Venice Biennale: Queens Museum Curator Jane Farver Has Died

Jane Farver curator and museum administrator has died in Venice, where she was working with Joan Jonas on her presentation for the American Pavilion of the Venice Biennale. A press representative at the Queens Museum, where she was director of exhibitions during the 1990s, has confirmed the news. The cause of her death has yet […]

1 May 2015

Inspirational Gallery Weekend Berlin Launches The Spring Art Season

Gallery Weekend in Berlin got underway yesterday with the gala launch party at the Kino cinema in the Kreuzberg area. Two interesting new galleries of note also opened as part of this internationally visited event. House of Egorn is an intimate space showing the work of the emerging artists Yi Dai, Hyojun Hyun and Vivien Zhang and curated by Angels Miralda […]

27 April 2015

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Michal Cole Presents Ululation Video Installation At Venice Biennale

Mute-Ululation is a site-specific video installation by British – Israeli artist Michal Cole where the artist addresses her own identity quest: searching for her culture and heritage. Although she was born in Israel and lives in London absorbing Western society, her parents are both Moroccan with a genealogy that can be traced back to the Spanish inquisition. In the early 1950’s, they were deported by sea […]

23 April 2015

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El Anatsui Wins Golden Lion Lifetime Award At 56 Venice Biennale

The recipient of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement of the 56th International Art Exhibition of the Biennale di Venezia – All the World’s Futures has been awarded to Ghana artist, El Anatsui. The decision was made by the Board of Directors of la Biennale chaired by Paolo Baratta, upon recommendation of the Curator of the 56th International Art Exhibition Okwui Enwezor, acknowledging thatwith the following motivations: “Born in 1944 […]

23 April 2015

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Vanya Balogh London Car Park Curator Announces Venice Biennale Exhibition

The Fall Of the Rebel Angels is an artist led satellite exhibition which will open concurrently with the 56th Venice Biennale on 6th,7th & 8th of May and remain open to public daily until Wednesday 24th June 2015. This group exhibition is intended to be seen as complementary to and continuous with my democratic curatorial practice of recent years and is one artist’s view […]

6 February 2015

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Peter Doig Exhibition Announced To Coincide With 2015 Venice Biennale

An exhibition by Peter Doig in the Palazzetto Tito, Venice scheduled to coincide with the opening of this year’s Venice Biennale has been announced by Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa. This will be the artist’s first solo presentation in Italy. It will be installed in the beautiful historic rooms of the Palazzetto Tito, the artist will present […]

18 December 2014

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India And Pakistan Unite for 56th Venice Biennale 2015 Event

The must see collateral event of the 56th Venice Biennale International Art Exhibition is the Gujral Foundation’s ‘My East is Your West’, the event of the season. In this exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia unites, for the first time in the history of the Biennale the conflicting nations of India and Pakistan in a shared […]

17 December 2014

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Sean Lynch To Represent Ireland At 56th Venice Biennale

Ireland will be represented at the 56th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia – by Sean Lynch with a new body of works entitled Adventure: Capital that traces a journey from myth to minimalism around Ireland and Britain. Combining sculptural, video and archival elements, Adventure: Capital will be Lynch’s most ambitious project to […]

15 November 2014

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Vincenzo Trione Chosen To Curate 2015 Italian Pavilion At Venice Biennale

Vincenzo Trione, 42, a champion of new media is to curate Italy’s Pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale. His proposed exhibition “Codice Italia” (Code Italy), was selected from a shortlist of eight, supports “an attempt to reflect on Italian identity”,he stated in an interview to the Italian magazine Artribune. He added 10-12 artists, including “masters […]

29 May 2013

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British Council And Koestler Trust Take Ex-Offenders To Venice Biennale

A new partnership between the British Council and the Koestler Trust will see eight ex-offenders travel to the 55th International Art Exhibition, the Venice Biennale, as part of an education initiative. Accompanied by support staff from the Koestler Trust, a charity that has been promoting arts in the British criminal justice system for over 50 […]

21 May 2013

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The Museum of Everything Makes Its Venice Biennale Debut

The Museum of Everything makes it’s mark on the 55th Venice Biennale “Il Palazzo di Everything”,on the 28th and 29th May and 1st June with the presentation of over a dozen artists. The Museum has been selected (proclaimed) as an Official Collateral Event. They have stated; “As summer tumbles down upon us, you will find […]

22 April 2013

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Alfredo Jaar installation Chile Pavilion Venice Biennale Revealed

Alfredo Jaar’s immersive site-specific installation, Venezia Venezia is a call to examine how today’s culture, composed of increasingly complex global networks, can be adequately represented on a world stage. The evocative experience of Venezia, Venezia begins with a confrontation with a photographic image of the Argentine-born Italian artist Lucio Fontana – an influential figure for […]

8 March 2013

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Scotland’s Contribution to the 2013 Venice Biennale Announced

Scotland’s contribution to the 2013 Venice Biennale is curated and organised by The Common Guild, Glasgow. The exhibition will feature new work by Hayley Tompkins, Duncan Campbell and Corin Sworn, three of the most consistently interesting artists working in Scotland today, all of whom studied at The Glasgow School of Art and have earned growing […]

4 March 2013

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Welcome To Iraq: After Decades of Censorship Iraq conquers Venice Biennale

The Ruya Foundation for Contemporary Culture in Iraq (RUYA), commissioners of the official Iraq Pavilion at the 55th International Art Exhibition in Venice, will present Welcome to Iraq, a group exhibition of works by 10 contemporary Iraqi artists from June to November 2013 at the Palazzo Dandolo, Grand Canal, Venice. The artists presented are all Iraqi […]

11 February 2013

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Alfredo Jaar To Represent Chile At 55th Venice Biennale

Alfredo Jaar will represent Chile at the 55th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia with a major new site-specific installation (1 June – 24 November 2013), which will be unveiled at the Arsenale during the preview on 29 May 2013. The project is curated by Madeleine Grynsztejn, the Pritzker Director of the Museum of […]

24 January 2013

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Jeremy Deller Awarded British Council’s Commission At Venice Biennale

Jeremy Deller will present a much-anticipated solo exhibition in the British Pavilion at the 55th International Art Exhibition in Venice from 1st June to 24th November 2013. Jeremy Deller’s way of working as artist, orchestrator, filmmaker, curator and cultural archivist is both highly influential and often collaborative. People often take centre stage in Deller’s practice […]

15 May 2012

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Turner Prize Jeremy Deller To Represent Britain At Venice Biennale

Turner Prize winner Jeremy Deller has been chosen to represent Britain at next year’s Venice Biennale. Deller will be given a solo exhibition at the British Pavilion from June to November 2013, following in the footsteps of artists such as Tracey Emin, Anish Kapoor, and Lucian Freud. ‘I really don’t know what I’m going to […]

7 May 2012

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Efforts To Transform British Architecture At Venice Biennale

The British Council will present Venice Takeaway: Ideas to Change British Architecture, in the British Pavilion at the 13th Venice International Architecture Biennale, which will run from 29 August – 25 November 2012 (Preview Days: Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 August 2012).  Focusing on a group of ten exciting architectural talents, selected in open competition across the UK, the British […]

17 April 2012

Katie Paterson 100 Billion Suns REVIEW

Jack Castle reviews the current Haunch of Venison exhibition How glamorous the art world is! “100 Billion Suns” was first seen at the July 2011 Venice Biennale, and you probably weren’t there. I certainly wasn’t, and I’m quite miffed about it. I’m miffed about it in the same way that I am when I hear […]