sabato 20 agosto 2016

Zai Kuning per Singapore

Il National Arts Council di Singapore ha selezionato l'artista Zai Kuning.

Tema del progetto sarà Dapunta Hyang Sri Jayanasa, il primo Maharaja della regione Srivijaya.

Curatore dell'evento sarà June Yap.

Dal sito NAC 

 The National Arts Council (NAC) today announced the appointment of Singapore multidisciplinary artist, Zai Kuning, and curator and art historian, June Yap, as the artistic team representing Singapore at the 2017 Venice Biennale from 13 May to 26 November 2017. Their proposal, Dapunta Hyang, is a culmination of over 20 years of Zai’s research on Malay culture and history in Southeast Asia, as part of a broader inquiry on identity that includes his having spent more than a decade with and creating work on the Orang Laut (sea gypsies) — the pre-nation and pre-colonial inhabitants of both island and sea in the region.

The exhibition for the Biennale extends a series produced in recent years that takes as its vantage point Dapunta Hyang Sri Jayanasa, the first Maharaja of the early kingdom of Śrīvijaya. Considered the first large state of ‘world economic stature’ of its time in Southeast Asia, the empire of Śrīvijaya stood at the crossroads of the maritime route between China and India, where merchant vessels plying their trade brought about an exchange of cultural influences, religious ideas, and goods. The success and influence of the empire is captured within Zai’s work in a symbol of voyage central to the exhibition.

Besides the history of the Śrīvijaya empire, Dapunta Hyang also points to the history of the Malay language and the establishment of Old Malay as the region’s lingua franca. The transmission and spread of the Malay language is a subject that has also surfaced in Zai’s work on the Orang Laut and his documentation of what remains of the Mak Yong opera in Riau, in that the Mak Yong may be traced to the Pattani kingdom via its Pattani-Kelantan Malay dialect. Having been immersed in Ghazal music and Zapin dance performance, and appreciating the livelihoods and cultures of the Riau islands from a young age, Zai considers the Mak Yong opera as a crucial and much neglected part of the region’s cultural history and relationships. Where artefact may not survive the passage of time, in language we find the traces of cultural development and transmission, in this instance also calling to mind Austronesian connections.

As the only Singaporean artist exploring our collective regional history through the pre-Islamic Śrīvijaya era, Zai explains, "Dapunta Hyang allows me to delve deep into a history and heritage of Southeast Asia not commonly found in history books on the Malay peoples and culture. As an aesthetic project, however, it is not a presentation of history in material and object, or as ideology and in politics. Rather it is about a sense of fellowship and solidarity that arises from knowing who we are. I am keen to have audiences spend time reflecting upon the elements the work combines: of craft in the sculpture of the ship, the subject of knowledge as embodied in the waxed books, the portraits of islanders and Mak Yong, and the voice of the Mak Yong master who speaks in a language rarely heard now in Singapore and Malaysia, even Indonesia.

As for the concept of transmission of knowledge, it is not merely about a passing of information. Instead the receiver’s imagination is essential to this process. But even received knowledge and their interpretation should not simply be taken as given. Dapunta Hyang is thus a prompt and a means to attend to this history and the knowledge that go back in time. Not just from 50 or 200 years ago, but centuries, back to the 7th century, in order to understand what and who we are, and the actions and even accidents that brought us here."

Ms. Kathy Lai, CEO of NAC and Co-Chair of the Commissioning Panel, adds, “Dapunta Hyang invites us to reflect on the region we are in, its past and how its heritage has been transmitted through the trajectories of empire, language and culture. Zai’s proposal stood out strongly as it spotlights forgotten stories of a people whose culture influenced what we recognise as ‘Southeast Asian’ today. The uncovering of forgotten histories will, I believe, strike a chord with the international audience at the Venice Biennale.”

Continuing from Zai’s series of installations that were previously presented at Ota Fine Arts (2014), the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore (2014), Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay (2015), Art Basel Hong Kong (2015) and Palais de Tokyo (Paris, 2015), Dapunta Hyang will be his most complex and intricate installation to date. Audiences in Singapore will have the opportunity to preview the work in progress and interact with Zai at the studio space in Gillman Barracks, before it leaves for the Venice Biennale.

More details about the public programmes in September 2016 will be available on and

lunedì 8 agosto 2016

Curatori per Malta

Arts Council Malta has announced that Raphael Vella and Bettina Hutschek will be the two artist-curators for the Malta Pavilion at the Biennale di Venezia to be held between 13th May and 26th November 2017.

Arts Council Malta has announced that Raphael Vella and Bettina Hutschek will be the two artist-curators for the Malta Pavilion at the Biennale di Venezia to be held between 13th May and 26th November 2017.
With their concept Homo Melitensis: An incomplete inventory in 19 chapters, the two artist-curators will present the Malta Pavilion as a poetic compilation of unique things that supposedly define the imaginary of the Maltese identity.
The exhibition will be designed in collaboration with an architectural team led by Tom Van Malderen (Architecture Project). A transmedia storyworld developed in collaboration with Stefan Kolgen will augment Homo Melitensis by creating an interactive and expanding online fictional space that communicates with, yet also transcends, the physical exhibition space in Venice.
Bettina Hutschek is a visual artist, filmmaker and curator who lives and works between Malta and Berlin. Raphael Vella is an artist, curator and educator based in Malta. Both have extensive curatorial and artistic experience and have exhibited their work internationally. 
The international call for the engagement of a curator/curatorial team to curate the Malta Pavilion at the 57th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia 2017 was published by Arts Council Malta, in its capacity as Pavilion Commissioner, in collaboration with MUŻA (Malta’s National Museum of Fine Arts, Heritage Malta), under the auspices of the Ministry of Justice, Culture and Local Government.
A total of 22 applications were received in response to the open call; of these, 14 were deemed eligible. All the eligible projects were given the opportunity to pitch in front of the jury committee.
The winning project was unanimously selected by the jury committee, which included a mix of high profile international names and local expertise on the culture sector. The Jury Committee chaired by Albert Marshall, Arts Council Malta chair, was made up of the following members:
  • Fulya Erdemci, an international curator and writer based in Istanbul
  • Alfredo Cramerotti, director of MOSTYN Visual Arts Centre, Wales
  • Vince Briffa, artist and researcher, Head of Department of Digital Arts at the University of Malta
  • Alexander Debono, senior curator, National Museum of Fine Arts and Project Lead for MUŻA.
“I am delighted that Raphael Vella and Bettina Hutschek have been selected to curate Malta’s Pavilion at the Biennale Arte 2017,” said Arts Council Malta chair Albert Marshall. “Their exploration of a concept related to identity promises to be relevant to both local and international audiences. Their project will also involve collaborations with other artists, ensuring that the Biennale also serves as a means to an end.”
In their first comments to the media after the announcement of the result, the two artist-curators stated they were honoured to be appointed curators with the proposal of Homo Melitensis. “It is not simply an exhibition about various elements of Maltese identity. It is also about the presentation of these elements in various social and international contexts; in other words, it seeks to show how cultural traditions are presented in public manifestations and internalised by a public. Given the self-critical as well as creative function, the role of the artist-as-curator as an agent of deconstruction of canons, traditions and the actual processes of public presentation is central to the proposed Malta Pavilion.”
Next year’s Malta Pavilion will see Malta officially returning to the Biennale di Venezia after an absence of 17 years. It has so far participated with a special exhibition of Maltese Artists in 1958 and a National Pavilion in 1999.
Malta’s Pavilion at the Biennale di Venezia is one of the 70 actions which is being implemented as part of Strategy2020, Arts Council Malta’s five-year strategy for the cultural and creative sectors. It also formed part of government’s electoral programme.
The declared aim of the Malta Pavilion is to offer a platform through which Maltese contemporary artistic practices understood within the broadest sense of the term can be exposed, contextualised and presented to an international audience.
The Maltese Pavilion will also form part of the Cultural programme of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2017. The project will also bridge with the contemporary art programme of Valletta as European Capital of Culture in 2018.
Bettina Hutschek is a visual artist, filmmaker and curator who lives and works between Malta and Berlin. After studying Art History and Philosophy (BA) in Florence and Augsburg, she received her MA from Universität der Künste (UdK) Berlin and her MFA in Fine Arts from HGB Leipzig. She trained and worked in Art Mediation and spent one year as Visiting Scholar at the Department of Performance Studies at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Bettina’s work has been exhibited internationally; since 2013, she is also founder and director of FRAGMENTA Malta, a project to organize pop-up exhibitions in the public space of the Maltese islands.
Raphael Vella is an artist, curator and educator based in Malta. He received his PhD in Fine Arts at the University of the Arts London and is an academic at the University of Malta, where he lectures in art education, practice and theory. He has exhibited his work internationally and has been active as curator since 2002, working with emerging and established artists in institutional as well as alternative settings both locally and internationally. He has initiated several artistic and educational projects, including the Valletta International Visual Arts festival (VIVA), the Curatorial School organised by Valletta 2018 and Divergent Thinkers organised by the youth agency Aġenzija Żgħażagħ. 

Cody Choi per la Corea

Il Artasiapacific sito  annuncia la selezione di Cody Choi per il padiglione della Corea 

Seoul-based curator Daehyung Lee, notable for having organized the 2009 and 2010 iterations of the “Korean Eye” exhibition series (2009–12) at London’s Saatchi Gallery, has been appointed curator of the Korean Pavilion for the 2017 Venice Biennale. The Korean Pavilion, which has mainly featured presentations of solo artists in recent years, will comprise a group exhibition featuring Lee Wan, Cody Choi and Mr. K—two artists and a journalist, respectively—for its 2017 edition.
In an email to ArtAsiaPacific, Lee described his curatorial concept for the Pavilion as “presenting semi-fictive worlds that reinvent reality and engage our imagination, trigger our empathy, and pique our curiosity through understated means that overall emphasize our human nature and psychological complexity.”
For the exhibition, Lee Wan will create an installation that retells the life of Mr. K, an anonymous journalist who lived through nearly a century of Korea’s tumultuous modern history. As Daehyung Lee explains, using Mr. K’s biography and personal archive of roughly 1,400 photographs, Lee Wan will “explore Korea’s national history, cultural specificity and identity in a manner that is not prescriptive or propagandistic but inquisitive and open-ended,” and also push viewers to “question the universal mechanisms and symbolic strategies by which individuals construct personal meaning as well as national narratives.” Incidentally, the true identity of Mr. K—other than that he was an amateur journalist from Korea—is being kept under wraps until later this year....

Black British Diaspora Pavilion

Il sito A-n segnala un progetto parallelo che si svolgerà durante la prossima Biennale

The International Curators Forum (ICF), in partnership with University of the Arts London, is to showcase work by ten Black British artists at the 2017 Venice Biennale following a major award from Arts Council England’s International Showcasing funding programme.
Thanks to ACE funding of £300,000, the London-based organisation’s project, Tactical Interventions: Curating a Black British Diaspora Pavilion, is to go ahead at next year’s biennale.
The pavilion aims to heighten the visibility of BAME artists working in England, with the selected artists participating in a programme that will include mentoring, bursaries, and working with international curators.
David A. Bailey MBE, director of ICF, said: “In a climate where difference is currently criticized and threatened, this project not only celebrates English/UK diversity, but foregrounds it at the world’s most prestigious event for the visual arts, the Venice Biennale.”
The project will build on the success of the ICF’s 2015 programme which involved taking a group of young artists and curators to the 56th Venice Biennale.
A total of £1.56 million will be awarded to nine organisations through the ACE’s International Showcasing fund, with other successful applicants including Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Nofit State Community Circus Ltd and NTS LIVE LTD....

lunedì 1 agosto 2016

Tehching Hsieh per Taiwan

L'artista Tehching Hsieh è stato selezionato per il padiglione di Taiwan 

Info da Artradar 

The influential Taiwanese artist will represent his country at the 57th edition of the Biennale.

The Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TFAM) announced on 28 July 2016 that Tehching Hsieh will be representing Taiwan with an exhibition to be curated by Adrian Heathfield at the 57th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale 2017.
The recent announcement consolidates Taiwan’s decade-long involvement in the most influential international biennial art event. Taiwan’s representation at the Venice Biennale began in 1995 and has been a collateral event since 2003, taking place at the Palazzo delle Prigioni right off Piazza San Marco.
In 2017, Taiwan will return with the presentation of one of the country’s most influential contemporary artists – pioneer of durational performances Tehching Hsieh. The solo exhibition will be curated by British writer, curator and Professor of Performance and Visual Culture at London’s Roehampton University Adrian Heathfield, the author of Out of Now (2015) – a monograph on Tehching Hsieh. Quoted in the press release, the curator states:...

Dirk Braeckman per il Belgio

Per il Padiglione del Belgio è stato selezionato l’artista Dirk Braeckman, seguito dalla curatrice Eva Wittock.

Dal sito della galleria Rose 

Dirk Braeckman has been selected to represent Belgium for the forthcoming Venice Biennale in 2017.
The 57th Venice Biennale of Visual Arts will take place from 13 May until 26 November 2017. Belgium has in the Giardini, the center of the Biennial, a country pavilion that the Flemish Community can fill in a rotation with the French Community.

Dirk Braeckman was selected by a jury from a shortlist of five. The jury assessed the five proposals following an oral presentation of the artists and curators. All five proposals made a very strong impression despite they started from a very different artistic point of view.

Dirk Braeckman and curator Eva Wittocx convinced the jury with a strong personal story, in which the medium of photography is approached in a unique way. The experiment of Dirk Braeckman the process of photography and the techniques of darkroom give his pictures an exceptional pictorial quality. The work is very authentic and with a high sensuality. The arrangement in the Belgian pavilion, which lends itself perfectly for this strengthens the whole.

domenica 24 luglio 2016

Samson Young per Hong Kong

Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC) and M+ at the West Kowloon Cultural District announce that the two organisations will co-present Hong Kong’s participation in the 57th Venice Art Biennale (the Biennale), opening on May 13, 2017. This is the third collaboration between HKADC and M+, following the acclaimed 2013 and 2015 editions, on this representation of Hong Kong contemporary art at one of the most important international platforms.
Dr Wilfred Wong, Chairman of HKADC said, “Building on the successful collaborations in the last two Venice Biennales, HKADC and M+ are again ready to contribute our resources and expertise to promoting outstanding Hong Kong visual artist in the 57th Biennale.”
Recommended by M+ and endorsed by HKADC’s Venice Art Biennale Working Group, Mr Samson Young has been selected as the artist for the exhibition, which will be submitted to the Venice Biennale as a Collateral Event in the 57th Venice Biennale. For this edition, M+ will engage a guest curator, in an effort to nurture local curators through providing experience in a major international setting. In close consultation with Mr Young, Ms Ying Kwok, a widely respected Hong Kong-based curator, has been appointed as the guest curator. Mr Doryun Chong, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, and Acting Director, M+, who was a co-curator with Stella Fong for the 2015 edition, will serve as consulting curator.
Mr Chong said, “We are honored and pleased to co-present with HKADC Hong Kong’s participation in the Venice Biennale for the third time. I am proud of what we at M+ accomplished in the last two Biennales with one-person presentations of Hong Kong artists—Lee Kit in 2013 and Tsang Kin-Wah in 2015—both in terms of the polished, professional exhibitions and in successfully raising the profiles of the artists as well as the international understanding of the Hong Kong contemporary art scene in general. I am confident that we will have yet another successful presentation, which will also be a vital opportunity for growth for Mr Samson Young’s critically respected practice.”
Commenting on being selected as the artist of Hong Kong’s submission, Mr Young said “I am naturally thrilled, and feel very honoured to have been given the opportunity to represent my native Hong Kong within such an important international context. I look forward to collaborating with the curatorial team in the months to come.”
Ms Kwok said “I am much honoured and privileged to be invited to work on this prestigious event. I look forward to developing an in-depth dialogue and collaboration with Samson to create something really special. I would also like to thank HKADC and M+ for their forward-thinking approach in engaging an independent curator.”
Same as the last two editions, interns will be recruited locally and given the chance to assist with the exhibition and experience the Venice Biennale. M+ will create one position of assistant curator and HKADC will fund a curatorial intern position specifically for this project in order to foster and develop local expertise by providing an opportunity to work with the M+ team over an extended period. The 57th Biennale will be held from 13th May to 26th November 2017. More information on Hong Kong’s participation and related programmes will be announced later.
HKADC has organised the Hong Kong exhibition at the Biennale since 2001. To examine the experience of past participation and explore future strategies to participate in the Biennale and promote Hong Kong visual arts overseas, the HKADC engaged external experts to conduct a study. For the executive summary of the study and the HKADC’s response, please visit

lunedì 18 luglio 2016

Zad Moultaka per il Libano

Zad Moultaka è stato selezionato dal Ministero della Cultura libanese ha rappresentare il Padiglione libanese al Cinquantasettesima Biennale di Venezia, che si terrà dal 13 maggio al 26 novembre 2017. Curatore sarà Emmanuel Daydé, uno storico e critico d'arte.

domenica 10 luglio 2016

Takahiro Iwasaki per il Giappone

Il sito segnala che l'artista Takahiro Iwasaki rappresenterà il Giappone, articolo 

Takahiro Iwasaki, a graduate of the Art, Space & Nature – MFA programme at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA), has been selected to represent Japan at one of the world’s most important visual arts events. 
Takahiro was selected by the Japan Foundation to show the work entitled “Upside-down Forest” at the Japan Pavilion.
Since graduating from ECA, Takahiro has been based in his native Hiroshima developing a thread of works which began on the Art, Space & Nature programme. Takahiro often uses everyday objects that are found around us as materials for his works. These include items that are regarded as garbage, such as dust, cloth and hair. By overlaying another image onto these to create a figurative representation, he gives meaning to things that are seemingly chaotic. For example, he makes a stack of dust cloths look like the mountains of nature, and books appear like buildings, experiencing a change in the way we perceive things.
Takahiro’s work is characterized by his meticulous handiwork and labour-intensiveness, developing the language of the architectural model. He creates cranes and steel towers from the threads pulled out from dust cloths or the bookmark strings attached to books. The delicacy of the work being stunning features of his ongoing ‘ Out of Disorder’ series.
“When I looked at the cross-section drawing of the Japan Pavilion, I saw that the four pillars rising from the piloti on the first floor served as the walls of the exhibition room on the second floor, and the ceiling of the first floor was also the floor of the second floor. It felt just like a boundary separating the sea and land,” said Takahiro of the work he’ll be producing for the exhibition, “I wanted the visitors to observe Itsukushima Shrine in Hiroshima, which offers a different view depending on the tides.”
“By creating the different perspectives of looking upward and looking downward, I hope to create a multifaceted spatial experience.”
After completing his MFA at Edinburgh College of Art, he went on to a PhD in Art at Hiroshima City University.
Takahiro’s selection as Japan’s sole representative at this showpiece event for contemporary art is a significant achievement, in an already notable career. Takahiro has exhibited at the Asia society in New York, 2015, and has held solo exhibitions at the Kurobe City Art Museum and the Oyama City Art Museum in the same year. Group shows include the 10th Lyon Biennale (2009), Yokohama Triennale (2011) and the 2013 Asian Art Biennale in Taiwan.
The 57th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale runs 13th May - 26th November 2017.

Egill Sæbjörnsson per l'Islanda

Per l'Islanda è stato scelto l'artista Egill Sæbjörnsson come segnalato dal sito

Gal Weinstein per Israele

Dal sito

Inizia a delinearsi la lista dei partecipanti alla prossima Biennale di Venezia del 2017, l’Esposizione Internazionale di Arte Contemporanea divenuta ormai un simbolo in tutto il mondo: sarà infatti Gal Weinstein, nato a Ramat Gan nel 1970, con studi a Gerusalemme e Tel Aviv, a rappresentare Israele. L’annuncio è stato dato pochi giorni fa dal ministro della cultura israeliano Miri Regev. L’artista israeliano ha dichiarato che la sua esposizione sarà focalizzata principalmente sull’evoluzione del suo lavoro negli anni recenti. Il Padiglione sarà curato da Tami Katz-Friedman ex Haifa Museum of Art in Israel. Entrambi sono stati scelti da un comitato formato dal dipartimento delle arti visive del Ministero della Cultura.
Già noto in Italia per aver esposto le proprie opere alla Galleria Riccardo Crespi di Milano nel 2014, Weinstein è celebre per l’utilizzo di materiali molto diversi tra loro e decisamente originali, quali la lana d’acciaio, il legno, la ruggine, il marmo, la moquette, la candeggina e persino la maculazione della muffa, che vengono lavorati ed utilizzati in sostituzione del disegno per creare veri e propri capolavori. Attraverso la pittura, la fotografia, l’installazione, la scultura e il video l’artista tenta di esplorare il mondo fisico, con un metodo che definisce “scientifico”.
Attraverso le tre gallerie previste del Padiglione Weinstein ha dichiarato il proprio intento:
“Mi impegnerò soprattutto con le interazioni tra iconografia e la loro concretizzazione fisica”
Nell’immagine in alto: un autoritratto di Gal Weinstein

martedì 10 maggio 2016

Rachel Maclean per la Scozia

The Scotland + Venice partnership is delighted to announce that Rachel Maclean has been selected to represent Scotland at the 57th International Art Exhibition, the Venice Biennale, running from 13 May to 26 November 2017.
This will be a solo presentation of new work centred on a major new film commission. The presentation is commissioned and curated by Alchemy Film and Arts, based in Hawick, in partnership with Talbot Rice Gallery and the University of Edinburgh.

martedì 3 maggio 2016

Xavier Veilhan, Francia

Sarà l'artista Xavier Veilhan ha rappresentare la France alla Biennale di Venezia del 2017, ne da notizia il quotidiano Le Monde .

lunedì 25 aprile 2016

Cecilia Alemani per il Padiglione Italia 2017

Il ministro dei Beni e delle attivita’ culturali e del turismo, Dario Franceschini ha reso pubblico il nome del prossimo curatore del Padiglione Italia, che sarà Cecilia Alemani.

Non si sa ancora nulla del progetto ma viene segnalato come selezionato da una rosa di proposte.

Cecilia Alemani e’ curatrice del High Line Art di New York, di Frieze Projects New York, ha collaborato con diversi enti internazionali quali Tate Modern.

mercoledì 20 aprile 2016

Wales gli ultimi tre...

Intanto il Galles valuta gli ultimi selezionati dalla rosa primaria e a maggio ufficializzerà l'artista della Biennale. 


Dall'Italia ancora nulla ...

Erkka Nissinen e Nathaniel Mellors per la Finlandia

Erkka Nissinen e Nathaniel Mellors sono stati selezionati per rappresentare la Finlandia al 57 ° Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte, Biennale di Venezia 2017.

Si intitolerà "The Aalto nativi" il progetto degli artisti e sarà curato da Xander Karskens.

L'intento è di trasformare il Padiglione della Finlandia in un'installazione multimediale.

Katja Novitskova per l'Estonia

Il Center for Contemporary Arts Estonia (CCA) supporterà l'artista Katja Novitskova con la curatela di Kati Ilves.

Mark Bradford per gli USA

L’artista californiano Mark Bradford, noto per i suo grandi quadri dai forti giochi cromatici, è stato scelto per il Padiglione USA.

Il progetto sarà curato da Christopher Bedford e da Katy Siegel, col supporto del Rose Art Museum .

Tutte le info al suo sito

mercoledì 13 aprile 2016

Oceans Pavilion

La collezionista e filantropa Francesca von Habsburg, nota per la TBA21, proporrà un padiglione dedicato agli Oceani, Oceans Pavilion che prenderà sede nel 2017

lunedì 11 aprile 2016

Erwin Wurm e Brigette Kowanz rappresenterà l' Austria

Erwin Wurm. - Photo: Elsa Okazaki, courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin

Erwin Wurm e Brigette Kowanz si divideranno il Padiglione Austria sotto il titolo “Padiglione di luce” 

giovedì 24 marzo 2016

Lisa Reihana per la Nuova Zelanda

Lisa Reihana sarà l’artista per la Nuova Zelanda alla prossima Biennale del 2017 con un progetto di rielaborazione di un’opera d’arte “I selvaggi del mare pacifico”

New Zealand presents Lisa Reihana at 57th Venice Biennale

An historic naval warehouse in the heart of the Arsenale exhibition district will be the venue for Lisa Reihana’s media-based exhibition at the Venice Art Biennale in 2017.
The New Zealand pavilion will be housed in the Tesa dell'Isolotto, one of the oldest buildings in the Arsenale, among many permanent national pavilions and part of the Biennale’s curated exhibition.
The venue was announced by the Hon Maggie Barry, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, at a patrons’ campaign launch in Auckland tonight. 
Commissioner Alastair Carruthers says selecting a venue early was crucial as few spaces are suitable for the artist’s large-scale audiovisual immersive project. He says, “Tesa dell'Isolotto’s location in a shipyard offers new possibilities for Reihana’s exhibition as she develops it for the Venice environment.” 
“We are very fortunate to have found space in the Arsenale, where hundreds of thousands of visitors come to experience the best contemporary art from around the globe. This will be the first time the New Zealand pavilion is within the Biennale’s official exhibition area.”
He says, “The Arsenale is the magnificent historic shipyard of Venice, a naval basin that still operates and a place where ocean ready sailing vessels were built – at a rate of one per day.”
Emissaries will be the exhibition title of Reihana’s 2017 Venice Biennale presentation, which will include her panoramic video in Pursuit of Venus [infected], expanded and augmented with a series of new photographic works.
Reihana says, “Isolotta means ‘island’ and I’m very interested in the relevance of that, and of the location’s history as I develop this exhibition. Transported half a world away we will be new emissaries to Venice.”
Arts Council Chairman Dr Dick Grant says the Venice Biennale is widely recognised as the world’s pre-eminent contemporary art exhibition.
He says, “It provides a huge opportunity for international exposure for New Zealand art and artists – and presents New Zealand as an assured country confidently taking its place on the world cultural stage. Each year, as we build on the success of previous exhibitions, our presence becomes more anticipated.”

New Zealand at the Venice Biennale
New Zealand’s arts development agency, Creative New Zealand, funds and manages New Zealand’s presence at the Venice Art Biennale for the almost seven month duration. 
Creative New Zealand is pleased to again be working with Te Papa as our Key Partner and for the first time with Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki as our Presenting Partner.
The New Zealand at Venice patrons generously contribute around a third of the budget for New Zealand’s project at the Venice Art Biennale.
The Venice Art Biennale is widely recognised as the pre-eminent international art exhibition in the world. In 2015 almost 90 countries had a presence – and the Biennale attracted more than 8,000 accredited journalists and 500,000 visitors. 
An official presence there provides a career development opportunity at the highest level for New Zealand contemporary visual artists. It brings the New Zealand pavilion to the attention of global media, art institutions, experts and gallerists and offers professional development opportunities for the curators, exhibition attendants and team members including the technical, design and artistic contributors to the project.
New Zealand has exhibited at the Venice Art Biennale since 2001. New Zealand artists who have exhibited are: Peter Robinson and Jacqueline Fraser (2001); Michael Stevenson (2003) et al. (2005); Judy Millar and Francis Upritchard (2009); Michael Parekowhai (2011); Bill Culbert (2013) and Simon Denny (2015).
Lisa Reihana, artist
Lisa Reihana (b 1964) completed a Masters in Design from the School of Visual Art and Design, Unitec in Auckland in 2014 and graduated with a Bachelor in Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland in 1987.Of Ngāpuhi and Ngāti Hine, Ngāi Tū descent, she lives and works in Auckland.
Reihana’s work has featured in significant international exhibitions including the Museum van Loon, the Amsterdam Film +Media Arts Festival, the Samstag Museum in Toronto, the Campbelltown Arts Centre, the Havana Biennale, the Brooklyn Museum, the Liverpool Biennale, the Asia Society Museum in New York, the Noumea Biennale, the 12th Biennale of Sydney, and the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Brisbane.
Reihana was made an Arts Laureate by the New Zealand Arts Foundation in 2014. She was shortlisted for the Signature Art Prize at the Singapore Art Museum in 2014 for in Pursuit of Venus; as well as the Double Take Anne Landa Award, Art Gallery of New South Wales in 2009 and the Walters Prize at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki in 2008, both forDigital Marae. She has recently been shortlisted for the 2016 Walters Prize for in Pursuit of Venus [infected].
Rhana Devenport, curator
Rhana Devenport is director of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. She was director of Govett-Brewster Art Gallery (2006-2013) and held senior positions with the Biennale of Sydney (2005-2006), Artspace NZ (2005) and the Sydney Festival (2004) and was Senior Project Officer for the Asia Pacific Triennial with the Queensland Art Gallery (1994-2004). Her curatorial and publishing projects include projects with Peter Robinson, Fiona Pardington, Judith Wright, Nalini Malani, NS Harsha, Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, Song Dong, Yin Xiuzhen, Zhang Peili, Lee Mingwei and Lisa Reihana.
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martedì 8 marzo 2016

Philipp Kaiser sarà il curatore del Padiglione Svizzera

Philipp Kaiser. Photo by Albrecht Fuchs.

Philipp Kaiser to curate Swiss Pavilion exhibition at the 57th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia.

The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia has appointed Philipp Kaiser to curate the exhibition at the Swiss Pavilion at the 2017 Art Biennale in Venice. Born in Berne and now based in Los Angeles, Kaiser is regarded as one of the most renowned Swiss exhibition makers worldwide. 

Philipp Kaiser, born 1972 in Berne, has been selected to curate the exhibition at the Swiss Pavilion in Venice’s Giardini for the 57th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia. Kaiser, who lives and works in Los Angeles, was recommended for nomination by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia’s art biennials jury. While in previous years artists have been nominated to exhibit at the Swiss Pavilion, now the jury have chosen a curator to assume the responsibility for Switzerland’s National Participation at next year’s Venice Art Biennale. This year, the biennial’s jury based their decision on Philipp Kaiser’s impressive accomplishments as a curator, notably his monographic and thematic exhibitions with both public and private collections which create bridges between Europe and America. The Venice Biennale is one of the world’s most prestigious platforms for contemporary art. 

Commitment to Swiss art
Working as an independent curator and art critic in California, Kaiser’s work recognises and retains his close links to the Swiss art scene. He is currently preparing a comprehensive exhibition focussing on the archive and library of the late, world-famous Swiss curator Harald Szeemann at the renowned Getty Research Institute in LA. Kaiser began his career as an Art historian in Switzerland. From 2001 to 2007, he worked as curator for modern and contemporary art at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Basel. He then moved to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles. At the age of 39 he was appointed director of Museum Ludwig in Cologne. His work as visiting professor at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Karlsruhe, the University of California in Los Angeles and, also in California, the Claremont McKenna College give evidence of his close ties to teaching and research.

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venerdì 4 marzo 2016

Visions for Venice – Ireland’s shortlist for 2017 Arts Biennale

Eccovi dal sito dell'Irlanda la shortlist a breve il vincitore
Six unique proposals have been shortlisted to represent Ireland at the 2017 Venice Arts Biennale. The shortlist (below) has been released following Stage I submissions by these teams to Culture Ireland. All teams will now proceed to Stage II interviews to be held shortly. The successful proposal will be announced in March 2016.
1. Brian DugganFirestation Artists StudiosHelen Carey
2. Eva RothschildMary CreminMary Cremin
3. Jesse JonesTessa GiblinTessa Giblin
4. John GerrardGavin DelahuntyGavin Delahunty
5. Niamh O'MalleyBarbara DawsonSheena Barrett
6. Sam KeoghWoodrow KernohanVaari Claffey