Starting three months from now, in May 13th, the 57th Biennale di Venezia has just released their artist list for this edition’s central show. Titled “Viva Arte Viva” and curated by Christine Macel, the exhibition features 120 artists from 51 countries, 103 of them participating of the exhibition for the first time. Such is the case for Brazilian artists Paulo Bruscky, Ayrson Heráclito and Erika Verzutti, the last two former PIPA Prize nominees. Ernesto Neto, who’ll be in Venice for the second time, completes the Brazilian group: he took part in the show in 2001, when Vik Muniz was also an invitee.
Talking about the 2017 newcomers, who represent approximately 85% of the total artist body, the chair of the organization Paolo Baratta stated: “Some are discoveries; many others, at least for this year’s edition, are rediscoveries. And these courageous choices, too, are a concrete expression of our confidence in the world of art.” This ‘confidence’ in the art world impregnates, incidentally, the whole 57th edition of the biennial. Freely translated as “Live Art Live”, this edition’s show was defined by curator Macel as “an exclamation, a passionate outcry for art and the state of the artist. ‘Viva Arte Viva’ is a Biennale designed with artists, by artists and for artists.”
Another former PIPA Prize nominee—a finalist, in fact, in 2010—is to participate in the 57th Biennale di Venezia. Chosen by Jochen Volz, the Belo Horizonte-born Cinthia Marcelle will occupy the Brazilian pavilion all by herself, a rather unusual curatorial decision: the last time it happened was in 2011, with the Portuguese artist Artur Barrio.
Meet the work of some of the Brazilian participants of the 57th Biennale di Venezia below:
57th Biennale di Venezia
On view from May 13th to November 26th, 2017
Preview: May 10th to 12th
Awards Ceremony + Opening: Saturday, May 13th
Giardini and Arsenale