Defined by curator Christine Macel as “a Biennale designed with artists, by artists and for artists”, the 57th Biennale di Venezia, opens for preview tomorrow, May 10th – the official opening happens three days later, in the 13th. This years’ show, titled “Viva Arte Viva” presents 120 artists in its main exhibition, 103 of whom will be participating 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.
Another Brazilian artist to take part in “Viva Arte Viva” is Cinthia Marcelle, chosen to take over the country’s pavilion in the Biennale. The PIPA Prize 2010 Finalist will be presenting “Hunting Ground”, a site-specific installation consisting on an inclined welded grating that serves as floor and has pebbles squeezed into its grid. This is the second time a single artist is asked to occupy the entire Brazilian pavilion, a decision which Jochen Volz.
– Having accompanied the work of Cinthia Marcelle for many years, I am convinced that she is able to develop a powerful new work for Venice. She represents a generation of artists in Brazil who are clearly informed by Brazilian 20th century art history, but has developed over the past decade a powerful vocabulary, uniting a material experimentation with conceptual rigor, and a practice of collaboration on its own. Her artistic strategy is marked by daily existential resistance, which allows for true aesthetic investigation – said Volz in an article published in the São Paulo Biennial website.
Watch below a video presenting the work of Ayrson Heráclito, a three-times PIPA Prize nominee.
“Viva Arte Viva”, the 57th Biennale di Venezia
Curated by Christine Macel
On view from May 13th to November 26th
Preview (guests only): May 10th, 11th and 12th