Opening | Venice Biennale

The Venice Biennale opening and award ceremony on Saturday, June 1st

The Venice Biennale (La Biennale di Venezia) – currently presided over by Paolo Baratta – has for over a century been one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world. Ever since its foundation, it has been at the forefront in the research and promotion of new artistic trends. In Venice, it organises international events in the field of the contemporary arts that are amongst the most important of their kind in the world.

55th International Art Exhibition
The Encyclopedic Palace
1st June > 24th November 2013

The 55th International Art Exhibition will take place in Venice from June 1st to November 24th, 2013 at the Giardini and at the Arsenale, as well as in various venues the city.

With about 150 artists from 37 countries, “The Encyclopedic Palace” includes works by Brazilians Artur Bispo do Rosário (1910-1989), Paulo Nazareth and Tamar Guimarães.

Representing Brazil in the national pavillion is Odires Mlászho, with Bruno Munari, Hélio Fervenza, Lygia Clark and Max Bill.

The title chosen by curator Massimiliano Gioni for the 55th International Art Exhibition is Il Palazzo Enciclopedico / The Encyclopedic Palace. Massimiliano Gioni introduced the choice of theme evoking the Italo-American self-taught artist Marino Auriti who “on November 16, 1955 filed a design with the US Patent office depicting his Palazzo Enciclopedico(The Encyclopedic Palace), an imaginary museum that was meant to house all worldly knowledge, bringing together the greatest discoveries of the human race, from the wheel to the satellite. Auriti’s plan was never carried out, of course, but the dream of universal, all-embracing knowledge crops up throughout history, as one that eccentrics like Auriti share with many other artists, writers, scientists, and prophets who have tried – often in vain – to fashion an image of the world that will capture its infinite variety and richness.”

Besides the 55th International Art Exhibition, there will be parallel events related to the Biennale:

• Biennale Sessions, a project for Universities
The project Biennale Sessions is taking place again for the fourth year, after the extraordinary success of the previous years. This initiative is offered by la Biennale di Venezia to institutions developing research and training in the field of arts and the alike, to Universities and Academies of Fine Arts. La Biennale aims at providing them with favourable conditions for a three-day visit for groups of at least 50 people comprising students and teachers, reduced price meals, the possibility to organize seminars at the Exhibition’s venues – free of charge, and assistance in organizing their journey and stay.

• Meetings on Art
Moreover la Biennale is organizing a program of Meetings on Art, among which a series of conversations with Marco Paolini, titled Fen, during the summer months and four events during autumn on the topics of the myth of the self-taught artists, Existence is elsewhere;on the anthropology of images and history of art, Image-Worlds; on the Encyclopedias and other flights of the imagination, Nothing is sweeter than knowing everything. The last meeting, Let’s talk about us, is scheduled for 24th November 2013, on the closing day of the 55th International Art Exhibition.
Concerning these two projects of la Biennale, President Paolo Baratta states: “We would like the visit to la Biennale to be included in the curricular activities, and la Biennale to be considered a site for research where people can observe, reflect and carry out projects.”

Also for 2013 the Educational activities will be organised addressing individuals and groups of students of all grades, universities and academies of fine arts, as well as professionals, companies, experts, fans and families. These initiatives, conducted by selected staff trained by la Biennale di Venezia, are aimed at actively involving participants in both Educational Itineraries and Laboratories and creative workshops.

• Catalogue and short guide
The 55th Exhibition catalogue contains reproductions of the artworks, profiles of the participating artists, and a special section of essays coordinated by Sina Najafi and Jeffrey Kastner in which art historians, philosophers, academics, and writers discuss various forms of obsession, systems of information, adventures in knowledge, and other journeys of the imagination. A detailed, comprehensive, and wieldy guide to the Exhibition will be published featuringshort monographic texts of all the invited artists to the 55th Exhibition: the guide includes over 150 entries and articles on all the featured artists, along with useful information about all the National Pavilions and Collateral events. Both editorial products are realized by Marsilio Editori.

Collateral Events
47 Collateral Events will be promoted by various organizations and exhibited in different venues around the city.

Amongst them, we stand out:

Emergency Pavilion: Rebuilding Utopia
Forty years have gone by. When did the world begin to change? Was it 1973 or 1989? When did “imagination in power” die, was it in ‘68 or 2012? Or was it on 1st January, 2013?

Artists: Ella de Burca (Ireland) / Jota Castro (France/Peru) / Patrick Hamilton (Chile) / Emily Jacir (Palestine) / Cinthia Marcelle (Brazil) / Teresa Margolles (Mexico) / Wilfredo Prieto (Cuba) / Santiago Sierra (Spain) / Jorge Tacla (USA/Chile)

Teatro Fondamenta Nuove, Cannaregio 5013
June 1st – November 10th
2 pm – 6 pm, closed on Mondays
Organization: MAC (Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Santiago de Chile); Fundacion CorpArtes;

Future Generation Art Prize @ Venice 2013
The Future Generation Art Prize @ Venice presents the second edition of the first global art prize with 21 artists from almost all continents and 16 different countries, such as André Komatsu, Eva Kotatkova, Rayyane Tabet and Xing Yan, 21 independent artists statements, including the main prize winner, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and special prize winners: Ryanne Tabet, Marwa Arsanios, Jonathas de Andrade, Micol Assaël and Ahmet Ögüt offer a rich scope of artistic positions, mapping and discovering groundbreaking and future tendencies of a new generation of artists.

Palazzo Contarini Polignac, Dorsoduro 874 (Accademia)
June 1st – September 1st
10 am – 6 pm, closed on Mondays
Organization:Victor Pinchuk Foundation; PinchukArtCentre

Visit the pages of PIPA nominees André Komatsu, Cinthia Marcelle, Jonathas de Andrade, Odires Mlászho, Paulo Nazareth and Tamar Guimarães to learn more about their works and careers.

To see all of the venues in which the Biennial takes place, click here.

To see all of the Collateral Events that will happen during the Biennale, click here.

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