Take a glimpse into the 56th Biennale di Venezia

The 56th Biennale di Venezia titled All the World’s Futures, curated by Okwui Enwezor, will be open to the public from Saturday, May 9th to Sunday, November 22nd, 2015 at the Giardini della Biennale and at the Arsenale. 90 national participations will be exhibiting in the historical Pavilions at the Giardini, at the Arsenale and in the city of Venice.

Our Team will be in Venice for the preview! Have a look at these three special pavilions: Luxemburg (participatory!), Latin America (auditiv!) and Aerbaijan (eclectic!).

Palazzo Garzoni Veice Biennale, Barbara Green PR Art Kunst
Palazzo Garzoni

Luxemburg Pavilion
Filip Markiewicz
Paradiso Lussemburgo

Luxemburg Pavilion
Ca’ del Duca – Corte del Duca Sforza – San Marco 3052, Venezia

The idea of the PARADISO LUSSEMBURGO project is to portray Luxembourg in the European and global  context  as  a  sort  of  sample  of  Europe  in  which  a  significant  number  of  nationalities  and cultures  are  blended,  constituting  the  very  identity  of the  country.  In  the  Pavilion  there  will  be  a film-set  atmosphere,  somewhere  between  a  creative  laboratory  and  a  place  of  cultural entertainment, mixing dance, performance, DJing, reading, architecture and music.

Filip Markiewicz. View of the exhibition: The Forestsection, with The Life and Death of The Forest, 2015. © Filip Markiewicz / Photo: Christian Mosar
Filip Markiewicz Sorry, 2015 Dimensions : 250 x 150 cm Crayon sur papier © Filip Markiewicz
Filip Markiewicz, Sorry, 2015, Crayon sur papier © Filip Markiewicz

The  movie  Journey  to  the  end  of  an  identity,  directed  by the  artist,  is  at  the heart   of this  setup. Through  its  title,  PARADISO  LUSSEMBURGO  evokes  the  Paradise  of  Dante,  the  film  Cinema Paradiso by Giuseppe Tornatore and the tax haven. Filip  Markiewicz  (*1980 in Luxemburg. Artist, author und componist)  offers a mixed and variedvisit (ads, cartoons, a film, a speaker’s corner,etc) in order to immerse  the viewer in the  complex reality of Luxembourg. The reality ofa country with rural traditions but which is  also hypermodern, a  pioneer  in  terms  ofEuropean  enlargement  and  integrated  into  the  present  world  economy.Visitors of the Luxembourg Pavilion are  invited to particip ate  in the production, like  “speakers”  in Hyde Park Corner or karaoke singers.

Filip Markiewicz, Golden Empire Fox, 2015 Filip Markiewicz
Filip Markiewicz, Golden Empire Fox, 2015. Stuffed fox, gold leaf, silver chain, variable dimensions © Filip Markiewicz/Photo :Christian Mosar

Curator  Paul  Ardenne  (b. 1956, France) writes for the art magazines  Art press  and  Archistorm, amongst  others.  As  a  historian  and  art  historian,  he  is  the  author  of  numerous  works  on contemporary art, art sociology and architecture, and much in demand as a   lecturer in France and abroad. In 2012 he was artistic director of the culture festival  Printemps de Septembre  in Toulouse, which centred on the topic of history (L’Histoire est à moi! – History Belongs to Me!), and in 2014 curated the  exhibition  Motopoétique  in  the  Musée  d’art  contemporain  (MAC)  Lyon.


Latin American Pavilion

Arsenale, Isolotto – Venedig

The  Latin  American  Pavilion  on  the  Biennale  di  Venezia  is dedicated to the theme “Indigenous Voices—Voces  Indígenas” and is hosted by the Istituto ItaloLatino  Americano  with  the  support  of  the  Goethe-Institut.  The  pavilion  is  presenting  a  sound installation consisting of 17 independent artist’s works. The curator of the exhibition is Alfons Hug, Director of the Goethe-Institut Rio de Janeiro.

Fabiano Kueva
© Photo: Fabiano Kueva

Upon entering the pared-down space, the viewer is met with an  indefinite, polyphonic murmur of voices,  a  soundscape  reminiscent  of  a  sacral  space.  Approaching  the  different  loudspeakers, visitors are then able to distinctly hear each individual voice. What initially seems to be a collective, primeval language, draws one in through the fascination of individual intonations. Accompanying labels explain the content and cultural context of each of the languages. The artists selected  to  take  part  in  the  exhibition  each  have  a  personal  affinity  to  the  legacy  of  indigenous languages. The languages presented were chosen not only in terms of their historical and cultural significance  and  ethnic  origin  but  also  in  terms  of  their  degree  of  endangerment  and  aesthetic qualities. The artists selected the topic and content of each spoken text. Fictional, sacred, poetic,
dramatic, and factual texts are presented in juxtaposition to one another.

Leonardo González – Venice Biennale 2015 – Latin America from Universes in Universe on Vimeo.

Adriana Barreto – Venice Biennale 2015 – Latin America from Universes in Universe on Vimeo.

Participating Artists:
ARGENTINIA: Laura Kalauz & Sofia Medici. Language: Selk’nam | BOLIVIA: Sonia Falcone & José J. Laura  Yapita.  Language:  Aymara  |  BRAZIL:  Adriana  Barreto.  Language:  Sateré-Mauwé,  Paulo Nazareth.  Language:  Guarani-Kaiowá,  Ellen  Slegers.  Language:  Paiter  Suruí.  |  CHILE-Germany: Rainer  Krause.  Language:  Yagan  |  COSTA  RICA:  Priscilla  Monge.  Language:  Maléku  |  ECUADOR: Fabiano  Kueva.  Language:  Siona  |  EL  SALVADOR:  Mauricio  Kabistán.  Language:  Náhuat  | GUATEMALA:  Sandra  Monterroso.  Language:  Maya  |  HAITI:  Barbara  Prézeau.  Language:  Haitian Creole | HONDURAS: Leonardo González. Language: Tol | COLUMBIA: Agueda Pumené.  Language: Sáliba | NICARAGUA: Raúl Quintanilla. Language: Miskito  | PARAGUAY: Javier López & Erika Meza. Language:  Sanapana  |  PANAMA:  Humberto  Vélez  (Performance).  |  PERU:  José  Huamán  Turpo. Language: Harákmbut | URUGUAY: Gustavo Tabares. Language: Charrua

SPECIAL: For the first time in history, a beauty pageant and its candidates are performing actively in the creation of an artwork. With Miss Education, artist Humberto Vélez intended to confront artistic and intellectual prejudices by exploring elitist and common stereotypes of art, education, and beauty through the lens of mass media events and popular culture.

© Foto: Fernando Bocanegra Courtesy Humberto Vélez
© Foto: Fernando Bocanegra. Courtesy Humberto Vélez


The Azerbaijan Pavilion presents two exhibitions

Beyond the Line
Venue: Palazzo Lezze, Campo S. Stefano, San Marco 2949

Vita Vitale
Venue: Ca’ Garzoni, Calle del Tragheto o Garzoni, San Marco 3416, 30124 Venezia

This year marks Azerbaijan’s second participation in the 56th Biennale  di  Venezia,   supported   by   the   Heydar   Aliyev   Foundation.   For  Biennale  Arte  2015, Azerbaijan  presents   two   exhibitions   for   international   audiences  that  celebrate  the  voices  of artists addressing social, political, and ecological questions of global relevance.  Simon and Michaela de  Pury and Emin Mammadov  curate the first exhibition, Beyond the Line, which spotlights the resilient spirit of artists whose lives and work were overshadowed by the repressive Soviet regime of the  mid  20th  century.  Beyond the Line revisits  a crucial moment  within  Azerbaijan’s history,  and returns their voices to the nation’s mid-century  artists, who were silenced or ignored under Soviet rule.

Javad Mirjavadov Cleaning Works, 1974  Collection of QGallery, Baku, Azerbaijan. Photo:  Mirnaib Hasanov. Courtesy of Heydar Aliyev  Foundation
Javad Mirjavadov Cleaning Works, 1974. Collection of QGallery, Baku, Azerbaijan. Photo:
Mirnaib Hasanov. Courtesy of Heydar Aliyev Foundation
Fazil Najafov  The Blinds, 1973 Bronze 150x137x80 cm Artist’s collection Photo: Jaime Turner Image courtesy of Heydar Aliyev Foundation
Fazil Najafov. The Blinds, 1973
Bronze, 150x137x80 cm. Artist’s collection. Photo: Jaime Turner
Image courtesy of Heydar Aliyev Foundation

Participating Artists:  Ashraf  Murad,  Javad  Mirjavadov,  Tofik Javadov,  Rasim  Babayev,  Fazil  Najafov,  Huseyn Hagverdi, Shamil Najafzada

Susie  Allen,  Laura  Culpan,  and  Dea  Vanagan  of  Artwise  curate  the second  exhibition,  Vita  Vitale,  in  which  Azerbaijan  brings  together  international  contemporary artists  whose  work  expresses  concerns  about  our  planet’s  destiny.   When  viewed  jointly,   the two   exhibitions  reveal   a   country   contemplating   its   past   and   its   future,   as   well   as   the impact of 20th century social and industrial transformations upon its own soil, and that of the world. With  Vita   Vitale,   Azerbaijan  looks  forward,  and  beyond  its  geographic  borders,  providing  a platform for international artists and scientists who grapple with the ecological chal lenges we face  globally today and tomorrow as a result  of our technological advances, and the consequent rise  in consumerism.

Participating Artists: Edward  Burtynsky,  Mircea  Cantor,  Loris Cecchini,  Gordon  Cheung,  Khalil  Chishtee,  Tony  Cragg, Laura  Ford,  Noemie  Goudal,  Siobhán  Hapaska,  Paul Huxley,  IDEA  laboratory  and  Leyla  Aliyeva,  Chris  Jordan with Rebecca Clark and Helena S.Eitel, Tania Kovats, Aida Mahmudova,  Sayyora  Muin,  Jacco  Olivier,  Julian  Opie, Julian  Perry,  Mike  Perry,  Bas  Princen,  Stephanie  Quayle, Ugo  Rondinone,  Graham  Stevens,  Diana  Thater,  Andy Warhol,  Bill  Woodrow,  Erwin  Wurm,  Rose  Wylie.

Ugo Rondione Silence, 2013 Cast aluminum, white enamel 1 AP + Ed. of 3 Approx. 550 x 480 x 460 cm © Photo: The Artist, courtesy Sadie  Coles HQ, London
Ugo Rondione, Silence, 2013
Cast aluminum, white enamel 1 AP + Ed. of 3
Approx. 550 x 480 x 460 cm© Photo: The Artist, courtesy Sadie, Coles HQ, London
Diana Thater  Untitled (Butterfly Videowall 2),  2008 5 flat screen monitors, 1 DVD player, 2  distribution amplifier, 1 DVD, 2  fluorescent lights Unique Copyright Diana Thater Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth Photo by Mike Bruce
Diana Thater, Untitled (Butterfly Videowall 2),2008
5 flat screen monitors, 1 DVD player, 2 distribution amplifier, 1 DVD, 2 fluorescent lights Unique, Copyright Diana Thater, Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth Photo by Mike Bruce

Both exhibitions showcase the gravity of the artist’s voice on   the   social   and  environmental  issues  that  define  not  only  the  past,  present,  and  future  of Azerbaijan, but of the planet.

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