57th Venice Biennale – ‘Viva Arte Viva’

Venice, Italy
13 May 2017 - 26 Nov 2017

57th Venice Biennale – ‘Viva Arte Viva’

The 57th International Art Exhibition, titled VIVA ARTE VIVA and curated by Christine Macel, is organized by La Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta. The Exhibition will be open to the public from Saturday May 13th to Sunday November 26th 2017, at the Giardini and the Arsenale venues. The preview will take place on May 10th, 11th and 12th, the awards ceremony and inauguration will be held on Saturday May 13th 2017.

The Exhibition will include 85 National Participations in the historic Pavilions at the Giardini, at the Arsenale and in the historic city centre of Venice. Angola, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Kenya, South Africa, Zimbawe (tbc) and for the first time Nigeria will be represented.

(Find the full list of the National Pavillions here)

The main exhibition “Viva Arte Viva,” curated by Christine Macel offers a route that unfolds over the course of nine chapters or families of artists, beginning with two introductory realms in the Central Pavilion, followed by another seven across the Arsenale through the Giardino delle Vergini.

120 international artists are participating. Among others Jelili Atiku (Nigeria), Kader Attia (France /Algeria), McArthur Binion (US), Sam Gilliam (US), Hassan Khan (UK /Egypt), Abdoulaye Konaté (Mali), Senga Nengudi (US), Philippe Parreno  (Algeria), Younès  Rahmoun (Morocco), Achraf Touloub (Morocco) will participate. 

(Find the full List of participating Artists here)

A series of parallel events will animate the exhibition, following «the same curatorial premise, which is to place artists at the heart of the exhibition. The catalogue is exclusively dedicated to the artists who are invited to present visual and textual documentation about their practice and their environment.»

Also for this edition, selected collateral events are expected. Promoted by non-profit national and international institutions, they present their exhibitions and initiatives in Venice during the 57th Exhibition.




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