From scary gadgets and the fluro-abstract to cosmic tapestries, we round up the very best of the iconic Italian art festival
Text Francesca Gavin // dazeddigital.com
Everyone has jumped off the vaparettos but are still swaying. This year we were pretty spot on with the highlights across the city but as ever there’s more to discover. Music and sound were the hot elements that brought everything to life during the opening week – from wildly good performances by Nils Bech and Tori Wranes at the Norwegian party to Jason Moran playing jazz piano in the middle of the main exhibition to a jumping pre Berlin Biennale party from DIS/Red Bull. For those still coming, here are the artists to search out.
This year’s Venice Biennale promises to be one of the most political. While curator Okwui Enwezor’s central exhibition, All the World’s Futures, talks about “filters” (please don’t let them be on Instagram), early publicity was about making the artists, curator, choreographers, and others into the main “protagonists.” We’ll have to wait and see. Aside from Enwezor’s highly anticipated show, the national pavilions are the focus.
One of the interesting aspects of Venice is that national politics, particularly from emerging countries, are writ large in the art through the selections, inclusions, and even exclusions. Political ambitions dovetail with these cultural displays, so in 2013 it wasn’t a coincidence that Venezuela’s Chavez government hit a populist note with a street art–focused pavilion, while Russia’s entry was literally showering gold on visitors (women only) in a grand display of conceptual might (it’s arguable how successful it was). Each nation projects itself to the world — expect fancy displays from wealthy oil kingdoms eager to suggest a more progressive image, including Azerbaijan, Iraq, Iran, Qatar, Venezuela, the UAE, and others.
This year’s smartphone app choices are more limited than in 2013, but The Art Newspaper has a simple one (Apple only) with a clean design, while My Art Guide (Apple only) has a slightly more cumbersome version.
1) Behind the Biennale: A Short History of the World’s Most Important Art Exhibition
“A world with no Biennale would rob us of these moments, when the present fights the past — or just talks to it a little bit.”
What would the world be like without the Venice Biennale? A chorus of art-world insiders and Venice locals respond with insights and stories, helping us navigate the cultural influence of this somewhat enigmatic, 120-year-old exhibition. Produced in collaboration with UBS, and directed by Oscar Boyson, this film pulls back the curtain on the event’s reach, extending beyond art and into politics and history at large. weiterlesen
2) Unpacking the World’s Most Important Art Exhibition
3) Your Guide to the National Pavilions
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Boobs and Bollocks Await in Sarah Lucas’s Venice Biennale Pavilion
Looking at the past 20 years of art by Sarah Lucas, you get the feeling she likes to laugh. weiterlesen
4) Behind the Biennale: BGL Builds a Canadian Corner Store in Venice
A sneak peek into the Canadian Pavilion, as artist collective BGL transforms the modernist octagonal building into a convenience store, sleeping loft, and paint-splattered studio, all under the guise of exterior scaffolding. Curator Marie Fraser chimes in, describing how BGL alters architecture to transport viewers beyond traditional, immaculate art spaces and into the creative process—one of constant experimentation and renovation.
5) Beyond the Biennale: 21 Top Shows to See Around Venice
The 56th Venice Biennale opens May 9th, filling the floating city to the brim with work by 136 artists representing 53 countries—and that’s just in the main exhibition. Curated by Okwui Enwezor, the Biennale will remain open for over six months, giving visitors plenty of time to investigate the abundant collateral events and exhibitions scattered throughout the city’s elegant palazzi and along its canals. weiterlesen
Im Rahmen des Seminars „Do it yourself – documenta“ unter der Leitung von Johannes Hedinger wurde versucht, die Zusammenhänge unter den am Kunstmarkt beteiligten Personen und Institutionen zu durchleuchten, wobei dieses Schaubild entstanden ist.