sabato 26 maggio 2018

Sean Edwards per il Galles

l'Arts Council of Wales ha reso noto che sarà l'artista Sean Edwards a partecipare alla prossima 58ma Biennale d’arte di Venezia per il Galles.


The Venice Biennale is one of the largest and most prestigious art exhibitions in the world. Wales has been represented since 2003 and for Cymru yn Fenis/Wales in Venice 2019, Sean Edwards’s presentation is led by Tŷ Pawb, Wrexham who will be working with international curator, Marie-Anne McQuay. This exhibition will be his most ambitious and emotionally resonant to date; a poetic enquiry into place, politics and class intertwined with personal histories.

Although known as a sculptor, Sean Edwards’s work also combines objects, film, video, photography, books and performance. Starting points are usually the things and places that have important personal connections. The artist’s proposal will see the creation of a major new body of work that will foreground his interest in social class and the everyday, influenced by his own experiences of growing up on a council estate on the outskirts of Cardiff in the 1980s.

Born in Cardiff in 1980, Sean Edwards graduated from Cardiff School of Art & Design before leaving to study at the Slade School of Fine Art. The artist then returned to Wales in 2005 where he has since contributed to the development of the Welsh artistic landscape through his own artistic practice and through supporting the development of emerging artists via artist-led space g39 and now as lecturer in Fine Art at Cardiff School of Art and Design.

Edwards has exhibited widely, nationally and internationally, and he is currently developing permanent public artworks with Future City, Cambridge and Studio Response, Cardiff. In 2014 he was awarded the Gold Medal in Fine Art at the National Eisteddfod and is also a former recipient of Arts Council of Wales’s Creative Wales Awards.

On being selected for Cymru yn Fenis/Wales in Venice, Sean Edwards commented:
"I am delighted to have been selected to represent Wales in Venice. I look forward to working with the outstanding team at Tŷ Pawb, independent producer Louise Hobson and again with curator Marie-Anne McQuay. To have the opportunity to produce the exhibition I proposed during the selection process is one thing in itself, to be able to do this under the banner of Cymru yn Fenis/Wales in Venice is an opportunity almost beyond belief."

Curator Marie-Anne McQuay, commented: 
"After a long and productive curator-artist relationship here at Bluecoat, Liverpool's centre for the contemporary arts, and previously at Spike Island, Bristol, I am so pleased to be working with Sean Edwards once more and this time on something as prestigious as Cymru yn Fenis/Wales in Venice 2019. Edwards is one of Wales's and the UK's leading artists under forty and I know that he will realise an exhibition which will resonate in the contemporary moment. Our enduring partnership with Tŷ Pawb will also give the project depth and reach within Wales and beyond." 

Phil George, Chair of Arts Council of Wales said:
"Arts Council of Wales is absolutely delighted at the prospect of working with Sean Edwards on Cymru yn Fenis / Wales in Venice 2019. Sean is a brilliant artist who will put Wales firmly on the map in this, the most prestigious of international festivals. His unique way of working will use provocations to examine themes that are important to him as an individual but that will also resonate with individuals and communities throughout Wales and the world."

The exhibition from Wales is commissioned and managed by Arts Council of Wales with support of grant in aid from the Welsh Government.

lunedì 21 maggio 2018

Laure Prouvost alla Biennale per la Francia

Riceviamo dalla galleria Nathalie Obadia la segnalazione che l'artista Laure Prouvost  rappresenterà il padiglione della Francia per la prossima edizione delle Biennale di Venezia 2019.

Born in Lille in 1978, Laure Prouvost lives and works in Antwerp. She was the recipient of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women in 2011 and the Turner Prize in 2013. A major solo exhibition, Ring, sing and drink for trespassing, will open at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris on 22 June. Galerie Nathalie Obadia presented her first solo show in a gallery in France, This is the visit, in 2014, followed by LOOKING AT YOU LOOKING AT US in 2017.

They Are Waiting for You at Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2017) and Bass Museum, Miami (2018); GDM – Grand Dad’s Visitor Center at Hangar Bicocca, Milan (2016); ALL BEHIND, WE’LL GO DEEPER, DEEP DOWN AND SHE WILL SAY at Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfort (2016); We Will Go Far at musée d’art contemporain de Rochechouart (2015).

domenica 13 maggio 2018

Miracle Workers Collective

  “If people have been engaging with the possible and ‘the way the world is today is the result of the possibles that they did’ as Sun Ra said, then what would be the results of imagining and engaging with the impossible?”, the collective asks.

In 2019 the Pavilion of Finland at the 58th Venice Biennale will host the Miracle Workers Collective (MWC). The MWC is formed and informed by artists, filmmakers, writers, intellectuals, performers, and activists.

Its founding members include Curator Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, artist and activist Outi Pieski, Associate Curator Giovanna Esposito Yussif, Associate Curator Christopher Wessels and spatial designer Lorenzo Sandoval.

“It is a great honour to work with and as a collective of intelligent and diligent individuals that make up the Miracle Workers Collective, in order to re-imagine The Finnish pavilion in Venice as a space of encounters and discourses, a space of negotiation and  reconciliation, a space for frictions and rehabilitation, a space in which aesthetics and ethics co-exist ”, says Curator Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung.

The performative, discoursive, filmic and sonic arm of the Miracle Workers Collective will manifest itself as a series of punctuated iterations by public intellectual and writer Maryan Abdulkarim, writer and filmmaker Khadar Ahmed, writer and filmmaker Hassan Blasim, choreographer Sonya Lindfors, visual artist and musician Leena Pukki, visual artist and activist Martta Tuomaala, cinematographer Christopher L. Thomas and storyteller Suvi West, among others.

Open Call

Frame Contemporary Art Finland issued an open call for the Pavilion of Finland at the 58th edition of Venice Biennale. The five-member jury included Sabine Breitwieser, Director of the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Independent Curator Natasha Ginwala, Artist Terike Haapoja and Maija Tanninen-Mattila, Director of the HAM Helsinki Art Museum. The jury was chaired by Frame’s Director Raija Koli.

“The proposal brings in a fresh and innovative approach towards the art scene and cultural producers in Finland while addressing urgent global issues”, states the jury.


The exhibition in the Pavilion of Finland is commissioned and produced by Frame Contemporary Art Finland. Frame, an advocate for Finnish contemporary art, supports international initiatives, facilitates professional partnerships, and encourages critical development of the field through grants, visitor programme and residencies, seminars and talks, exhibition collaborations and network platforms.

The exhibition is supported by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture.

Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung is artistic director of SAVVY Contemporary, editor in chief of SAVVY Journal, guest curator of Dak’Art Biennale 2018, and guest professor at Staedelschule Frankfurt, inter alia. He was curator at large for documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel.

Outi Pieski (b.1973) is a Finnish-Saami visual artist from Utsjoki, the Saami area in northern Finland. In her practice there is often a strong connection between nature and the local culture. Her work combines Saami handicraft tradition of duodji and contemporary art to reopen conversations about the Saami people within Nordic discourses. After graduating from The Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, in 2000 Pieski has been exhibiting her work at the Southbank Centre in London (2017), facade of Helsinki Cathedral Chapel, Lux Helsinki (2017), Felleshus and Grimmuseum in Berlin (2015), Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery in London (2014) and Gallery Korjaamo in Helsinki (2014) among several other venues. Pieski has made public art works in the Saami Parliament Houses both in Finland and Norway. She was Ars Fennica Award candidate (2015) and won the Fine Arts Academy of Finland award (2017).

Giovanna Esposito Yussif is a curator and researcher with background in art history, museology, and critical theory. In the past few years she has focused on collective models of inquiry, exercises of criticality, and processes of dissentient imaginations. She is co-founder of NÆS – Nomad Agency/Archive of Emergent Studies, a collective-connective research studio focusing on emergent and resilient dynamics of social organization, and is part of the collective committee of Rab-Rab Press. Giovanna has collaborated with diverse institutions such as Checkpoint Helsinki, Frame, HIAP, Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Galería OMR, SITAC, among others. She is currently on a curatorial fellowship at Manifesta Foundation.

Christopher Wessels is currently a curator with the Children’s Library Project at Åbo Akademi University. He is founding member of the Museum of Impossible Forms M{if} where he is also one of the Artistic Directors, and he is co-founder of Third Space (2014–2016), a collective of artists and curators in Helsinki. Wessels is also a Cinematographer with seven feature films under his belt. His artistic and curatorial practices look at the un-silencing of counter hegemonic narratives and the building of counter hegemonic institutions with anti-racist, anti-sexist and class consciousness at its foundations.

Lorenzo Sandoval works in the crossing points of artistic practice, curatorial processes and spatial design. He has exhibited internationally as well attended residencies in Denmark, Germany, Portugal and Kenya. He received curatorial prizes such as Inéditos 2011, Can Felipa and Nogueras Blanchard 2012. He won the prize ‘Generación 2017’ presented in Madrid and the grant ‘DKV- Álvarez Margaride’, for his solo show ‘Shadow Writing (Algorith /Quipu)’ at LABoral. He works in a regular basis with Savvy Contemporary. Since 2015, he runs the fictional institution ‘The Institute for Endotic Research’. His recent research deals with the connections between computation, textiles, photography and domesticity.


Image: (from left) Outi Pieski, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Giovanna Esposito Yussif, Christopher Wessels and Lorenzo Sandoval.

Renate Bertlmann Austria

E' stato annunciato che Renate Bertlmann sarà l'artista per la prossima edizione della Biennale di Venezia per l'Austria


Dear Ladies and Gentlmen,
Curator Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein announced her nomination for the Austrian contribution at the Biennale Arte 2019 at a press conference in Vienna yesterday.

Renate Bertlmann, born in Vienna in 1943, will represent Austria next year at the Venice Art Biennale.

"2019 will mark the first time in the history of Austria’s participation in the Venice Biennale that a female artist, namely Renate Bertlmann, will put on a solo presentation at the Pavilion. With this, we are setting an example as a society; an example that is in accordance with the idea of art and examines structural imbalances.
In Renate Bertlmann, I have chosen an artist whose methods in terms of both concepts and aesthetics will continue a Venetian art history of provocation in the best sense of the word", explains curator Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein her choice.

In Austria, Renate Bertlmann has long been regarded as a leading feminist artist and a pioneer of performance art. In recognition of her groundbreaking work, she was awarded the Grand Austrian State Prize in 2017. Her works were presented at large events, such as the Gwangju Biennale, as well as in seminal exhibitions, such as The World Goes Pop at Tate Modern, London (2014), Self-Timer Stories at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York (2014), Renate Bertlmann – Maria Lassnig at Sotheby’s Gallery, London (2017), and Sex Work: Feminist Art & Radical Politics, Richard Saltoun Gallery, Frieze Art Fair, London (2017).

The Biennale Arte will take place for the 58th time and will open in Venice on 11 May 2019.

Accompanying the preparations for the Austrian contribution, four Biennial Lectures will be held in cooperation with the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.

giovedì 15 marzo 2018

The Democratic Pavilion - call for

The Democratic Pavilion represents a protest again the monopolization and centralization of power and the need of real democratic political and economic systems in our society for the fair distribution of the money and power.

The Democratic Pavilion is a project proposal for the curatorial and organizational team of the Venice Biennale 2019, including for all countrie’s Pavilions participants of this event.
The intention of this project is to take the attention of the curatorial team (of the Venice Biennale 2019) and being selected, providing a space for this project in one of the Pavilions of the Venice Biennale 2019, in case that this event not occurs, a team will be organized by the ODBK to rent an space in Venice and show this exhibition during the time that the Venice Biennale 2019 will last.

mercoledì 14 marzo 2018

Angelica Mesiti per l'Australia

Image credit: Josh Raymond

Australia Council  che l'artista selezionata per la Biennale del 2019 sarà Angelica Mesiti. 

The Australia Council is delighted to announce that Angelica Mesiti and Juliana Engberg have been selected as the artist and curator for Australia’s representation at the 58th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale 2019. Following an open call for expressions of interest, the artistic team were selected by an independent panel of highly respected arts professionals.  
Angelica Mesiti is one of Australia’s most celebrated contemporary artists working across video, performance and installation. Since her early work with performance collective The King Pins, Angelica has developed a sophisticated solo practice characterised by large-scale video works. She is known for using cinematic languages and performance to explore deeply personal stories of the individual and the collective, grappling with the complex dimensions of human experience.
Angelica’s Venice exhibition will be curated by Juliana Engberg. Juliana is a curator with an extraordinary depth of experience and a global reputation, with over 500 exhibitions curated to date. Juliana has curated critically acclaimed exhibitions in Australia and internationally, including through her roles as Artistic Director of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, the Biennale of Sydney and the Melbourne International Biennial. She has been Curator of the Visual Arts Programs for the Edinburgh, Melbourne and Adelaide Festivals.

Angelica Mesiti was born in Sydney in 1976. She lives and works between Paris and Sydney. She was a member of the performance collective The Kingpins from 2000 to 2010 with whom she performed and exhibited in international biennales and museum shows including Gwangju, Taipei (2004) and Liverpool (2006) biennales, NuitBlanche Paris and NotreHistoire, Palais de Tokyo Paris (2006), and Playback, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2007).
In 2009 Rapture (silent anthem) was the first video to win the 58th Blake prize for religious and spiritual art. Her work Citizens Band won the Anne Landa Award for Video and New Media Art in 2013 and has since been exhibited worldwide in biennales including Istanbul, Sharjah, Kochi-Mizuris, Auckland, Aichi and solo presentations at MAXXI Rome, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, Williams College Museum of Art Massachusetts, Nikolaj Kunsthal Copenhagen and Palais de Tokyo Paris.
In 2013 she was the inaugural recipient of the Ian Potter Moving Image Commission, producing The Calling which has been shown at the Banff Centre, Basis Frankfurt and the National Gallery of Australia. Also that year Juliana Engberg commissioned her to produce a new work for the 19thBiennale of Sydney, The Ear of the Tyrant. Other major works include The Colour of Saying (2015), Relay League (2016); and Mother Tongue (2017).
Mesiti’s work is held in national and international collections including National Gallery of Australia, Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Queensland Art Gallery |GOMA, Monash University Museum of Art, FRAC Franche Compte France, Kadist Art Foundation San Francisco, Deutsche Bank and Art Bank.

Juliana Engberg Biography
Image credit: Kay Campbell
Juliana Engberg is a curator, writer, editor and designer. She is currently the Programme Director of the European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017 in Denmark. She is the immediate past Artistic Director of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.  She was the Artistic Director of the 2014 Biennale of Sydney: You Imagine What You Desire and Artistic Director of the 1999 Melbourne International Biennial: Signs of Life and 1998 Adelaide Biennial: All This and Heaven Too (with Ewen McDonald).  In additional to Biennale work she has also been the curator of visual art projects for the major international Festivals: Melbourne, Edinburgh and Adelaide. She was curatorial advisor for the Australian presentations at the Venice Biennale 2007 and with curator, Charlotte Day, presented the ACCA Venice Pop-Up Projects at the Venice Biennale in 2011.  Juliana has held teaching positions at the University of Melbourne and RMIT University. She is a Professorial Fellow at Monash University and an adjunct professor of RMIT in the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Design.  

Artistic Selection Process
An open call for artistic proposals was extended in October 2017, enabling all Australian artists and curators who met the published criteria to submit an EOI as part of a two stage process. The artistic team was selected by an independent Venice Selection Panel, made up of national and international members with expertise across the visual arts. This rigorous peer assessment process responded to published criteria, which included concept, professional achievement, viability and impact.
The Australia Council wishes to recognise and congratulate all the shortlisted teams who participated in this highly competitive process, including; Abdul Abdullah and Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, with curators Michael Dagostino and Dr. Mikala Tai Richard Bell, with curator Clothilde Bullen Mikala Dwyer and Justene Williams, with curators Susan Best and Ann Stephen Joyce Hinterding and David Haines, with curator Anna Davis Professor Morton said that Mesiti’s proposal was highly regarded by the selection panel and that they were looking forward to seeing the project realised in the Australian pavilion.

Charlotte Laubard curatrice della Svizzera

Charlotte Laubard  sarà la curatrice del PadiglioneSvizzero per la prossima Biennale di Venezia, nel 2019

Charlotte Laubard nominata curatrice del 
Padiglione svizzero alla Biennale Arte 2019

La Fondazione svizzera per la cultura Pro Helvetia ha nominato Charlotte Laubard quale curatrice del Padiglione svizzero alla Biennale Arte 2019. La storica dell’arte e curatrice franco-svizzera residente a Ginevra coniuga approcci artistici, storici e interdisciplinari e realizza esposizioni internazionali rinomate nel mondo dell’art. 
Charlotte Laubard allestirà il Padiglione svizzero in occasione della 58. Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte – La Biennale di Venezia. Nominata dalla Direzione di Pro Helvetia, su proposta di una giuria indipendente, vanta una lunga esperienza e gode di grande prestigio nell’ambito della ricerca e delle esposizioni di arte contemporanea presso rinomate istituzioni internazionali. I suoi progetti si interrogano sui limiti delle categorizzazioni artistiche e sul ruolo dell’arte nella nostra società. Si distingue inoltre per la sua riflessione impegnata a favore della partecipazione e della mediazione culturale.
Note biografiche della curatrice
Charlotte Laubard è professoressa e responsabile del Dipartimento di arti visive della Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design (HEAD) di Ginevra. Le sue ricerche vertono sul valore d’uso dell’arte, sull’impatto della digitalizzazione su una società in piena trasformazione culturale e sulle pratiche di apprendimento da autodidatta. Direttrice artistica dello spazio LiveInYourHead di Ginevra, è anche cofondatrice della Société suisse des Nouveaux commanditaires, un’associazione che intende promuovere in Svizzera il protocollo partecipativo di commessa pubblica artistica, nell’ambito della quale opera come responsabile e mediatrice.
Titolare di un master in storia dell’arte, Charlotte Laubard è molto attiva a livello internazionale. Dal 2006 al 2013 ha diretto il CAPC, Museo d’arte contemporanea di Bordeaux, proponendo una ricca programmazione con una cinquantina di esposizioni temporanee e oltre 200 eventi interdisciplinari. È stata inoltre consulente della Fondazione Pinchuk per il museo d’arte contemporanea di Kiev inaugurato da quest’ultima nel 2006, nonché curatrice di rinomate gallerie, festival e istituzioni nell’ambito dell’arte contemporanea. In particolare è stata direttrice artistica della Notte Bianca di Parigi del 2017, raggruppando una trentina di progetti all’insegna del tema «Faire œuvre commune», e commissaria di importanti esposizioni al CAPC tra cui «Sigma, festival d’avant-garde 1965-96» (2013), la retrospettiva «Michel Majerus» (2012), e «Jim Shaw, Left Behind» (2010).
Giuria per il Padiglione svizzero alla Biennale Arte 2019
  • Jacqueline Uhlmann, Head of Fair Management and Communication presso LISTE Art Fair, Basilea
  • Laurence Bonvin, artista, Berlino
  • Balthazar Lovay, direttore di Fri Art, Friburgo
  • Michele Robecchi, scrittore e curatore, Londra
  • Christina Végh, direttrice della Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover
Maggiori informazioni sulla presenza svizzera alle Esposizioni d’Arte e Architettura della Biennale di Venezia su:

giovedì 22 febbraio 2018

Bando Padiglione Irlanda

Il bando di concorso per il Padiglione Irlanda scade il 7 Marzo...

Culture Ireland, in partnership with the Arts Council, invites expressions of interest for the role of Commissioner of Ireland’s national representation at the 58th International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale 2019.
Following the success in 2017 of Tremble Tremble by Jesse Jones, which continues to tour internationally, Culture Ireland and and The Arts Council are delighted to announce the Open Call for the Commissioner of the 2019 Venice Biennale. 
Submissions should be emailed to and and must be received by Wednesday 7th March 2018.

Padiglione Olanda, quali fra i settanta?

Son giunti settanta progetti per il padiglione olandese per la prossima edizione ... così articola il sito di "The Mondriaan Fund" ...

..There has been a great response to the call for the Dutch entry at the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019. The Mondriaan Fund received seventy plans: sixteen exhibition plans were submitted by artists in collaboration with curators and 54 exhibition plans were submitted by curators in collaboration with artists. Two-third of the submitted plans concern solo-exhibitions. Remarkable is the number of freelance curators whom submitted a plan.

‘A successful number of plans,’ says director of the Mondriaan Fund Birgit Donker. ‘It shows that the Netherlands is home to plenty of talent. It is also wonderful how many artists responded to the call.’....

Padiglione del Canada rinnovamento

Proseguono i lavori di rinnovamento del Padiglione del Canada ecco le ultime novità.

National Gallery of Canada resumes state-of-the-art restoration of the Canada Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

After close to 60 years of exhibitions featuring the work of some of Canada’s most celebrated artists and architects, the Canada Pavilion in Venice, Italy is undergoing a major, $3-million restoration. The designated heritage building is an important architectural landmark in the Giardini di Castello, the traditional site of the International Art and Architecture Exhibitions of La Biennale di Venezia.

The restoration work, suspended during the 57th International Art Exhibition (2017), has resumed after the closure of Geoffrey Farmer’s installation, “A way out of the mirror.” The historic restoration project, initiated by the Gallery in 2014, is being carried out by the Milanese architect Alberico Barbiano di Belgiojoso, son of one of the partners of studio architetti B.B.P.R. (Banfi, Belgiojoso, Peressutti, Rogers), working in close cooperation with Venice-based architect Troels Bruun of M+B Studio and Canadian architect Gordon Filewych of onebadant.

Restored to its original 1957 design with functional upgrades, the Canada Pavilion will be officially unveiled on May 26, 2018 at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of its inauguration. 

Canadian landscape architect and Order of Canada recipient, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, and Bryce Gauthier of Enns Gauthier Landscape Architects are also working in partnership with La Biennale di Venezia and the Venice Superintendent for Architectural Heritage on the redesign and replanting of the landscape surrounding the Canada Pavilion. This has been undertaken and financially supported by la Biennale within the context of a larger Giardini di Castello renewal project begun in 2013. The site now features a new pathway behind the Canada Pavilion and a platform overlooking the Laguna Veneta, while also providing an expanded space that can accommodate performance and artistic interventions.

During La Biennale 2018, the Canada Pavilion will feature the exhibition, “Canada Builds/Rebuilds a Pavilion in Venice”, which will offer an unprecedented analysis of the context in which one of Italy's most important architectural firms of the post-war era was commissioned by the National Gallery of Canada to design and build Canada’s pavilion. The exhibition will also offer a study of the building’s notable modernist architecture, as well as depictions of key moments in its sixty-year history. 

Organized by the National Gallery of Canada and under the Curatorial direction of Réjean Legault, Associate Professor at the École de design of the Université du Québec à Montréal and former head of the Study Centre at the Canadian Centre for Architecture,  the exhibition forms part of a larger endeavour that includes a publication and short documentary film, (scheduled for release in January 2019), and videos featuring first-hand accounts from the Italian and Canadian participants in this important restoration project. The short films and videos are produced in collaboration with the National Film Board of Canada.  

Funding for the restoration project has been provided by the National Gallery of Canada’s Distinguished Patron and Founding Secretary of the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada, Reesa Greenberg. The project has benefitted from the exceptional collaboration of La Biennale di Venezia, the Venice Superintendent for Architectural Heritage, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, as well as support from Global Affairs Canada.

mercoledì 24 gennaio 2018

Franciska Zólyom curatrice del Padiglione Germania

La curatrice ungherese Franciska Zólyom curerà il Padiglione Tedesco per la 58a Biennale di Venezia. La Zólyom,  attualmente dirige il Museo di Arte Contemporanea di Lipsia

Die Kunsthistorikerin Franciska Zólyom wird den deutschen Pavillon auf der Kunstbiennale Venedig 2019 gestalten. Keine ganz leichte Aufgabe, wenn man bedenkt, dass die deutsche Präsentation auf der letzten Biennale den goldenen Löwen gewann.
Die Berufung, den deutschen Pavillon auf der Kunstbiennale von Venedig 2019 zu kuratieren, bekam Franciska Zólyom per SMS. "Ich dachte, vielleicht ist das ein Scherz von Freunden oder Kollegen", sagt die Direktorin der Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst in Leipzig. Doch es sei eine spannende Aufgabe: "Seitdem freue ich mich unentwegt." 
Außenminister Gabriel würdigte Zólyom als eine "herausragende Kuratorin", die mit ihrer Vita für einen pro-europäischen Kunstbegriff jenseits nationaler Grenzen stehe. Das bestätigt die 44-Jährige: "Ich bin tatsächlich eine überzeugte Europäerin". Aber Europa sei ein Begriff, der immer mit Verantwortung verbunden sei, etwa sich mit der Kolonialgeschichte auseinanderzusetzen....

sabato 16 dicembre 2017

Ralph Rugoff il prossimo curatore della Biennale di Venezia

Il Direttore della Hayward Gallery di Londra è stato nominato il prossimo curatore della Biennale di Venezia 2019, i nostri più sinceri complimenti !


Il Cda della Biennale di Venezia, su proposta del Presidente Paolo Baratta, ha nominato Ralph Rugoff Direttore del Settore Arti Visive con lo specifico incarico di curare la 58. Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte.

Dal 2006 è Direttore della Hayward Gallery di Londra. Aperta nel 1968, la Hayward Gallery è considerata fra le gallerie d’arte pubbliche più importanti del Regno Unito; fa parte del Southbank Centre, il più grande centro d’arte in Europa che riceve importanti finanziamenti dall’Arts Council of England. Nel 2015 Rugoff è stato il Direttore artistico della XIII Biennale di Lione intitolata La vie moderne. Inizia la sua carriera come critico e saggista: tra il 1985 e il 2002 scrive numerosi articoli per il Financial Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Los Angeles Weekly e diversi scritti per riviste d’arte come Artforum, Artpresse, FlashArt, Frieze, Parkett e Grand Street e pubblica una raccolta di saggi, Circus Americanus (1995), dove esplora fenomeni culturali dell’occidente americano. Nello stesso periodo inizia a lavorare come curatore indipendente organizzando mostre come Just Pathetic (1990) e Scene of the Crime (1997). Già Direttore del CCA Wattis Institute (2000-06), galleria del California College of the Arts di San Francisco, ha curato numerose mostre collettive alla Hayward Gallery negli ultimi 11 anni, tra cui The Painting of Modern Life (2007), seguita da Psycho Buildings (2008), esposizione che include installazioni interattive e immersive di artisti come Mike Nelson, Gelitin e Do-ho Suh e The Infinite Mix (2016); ha curato inoltre importanti retrospettive e personali di Ed Ruschka, Jeremy Deller, Carsten Holler e George Condo.

Il Presidente Baratta ha dichiarato che “l’incarico a Ralph Rugoff conferma l’intenzione della Biennale di qualificare la Mostra come luogo di incontro tra il visitatore, l’arte e gli artisti. Una Mostra che impegni i singoli visitatori in un diretto confronto con le opere nel quale la memoria, l’inatteso, l’eventuale provocazione, il nuovo e diverso possano sollecitare lo sguardo, la mente e l’emozione di chi osserva, dandogli l’occasione di una intensa e diretta esperienza.”

Il Cda ha deliberato anche le date della 58. Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte che si terrà dall’11 maggio al 24 novembre 2019; vernice 8, 9 e 10 maggio; apertura al pubblico sabato 11 maggio.

giovedì 14 dicembre 2017

Dane Mitchell per la New Zealand

Apprendiamo dal sito di New Zealand che Dane Mitchell sarà il prossimo artista di questo paese alla Biennale di Venezia del 2019

Articolo "One of New Zealand's most intriguing artists will represent the country at the 2019 Venice Biennale.
Dane Mitchell's proposal, selected from 11 applications by a 10-strong selection advisory panel, will include a physical sculptural object and sound transmissions which viewers can tune into around Venice.
"It certainly won't be anything abrasive or aggressive across public spaces," Mitchell says. "There will be multiple ways to tune into it."
Mitchell provoked controversy in 2009 when he won the $15,000 Waikato National Contemporary Art Award for Collateral, the binned wrappings from other award entries tipped on to the floor of Waikato Museum.
The Auckland-based artist says Collateral was a genuine attempt to consider the conventions, processes and procedures around art award exhibitions and the power we bestow on certain objects.
He says that certain artworks - and the ideas behind them - have the power to provoke this sort of response from the public is positive because it shows people care.... "

British Pavilion - Art Biennale 2019 - Open call

This is the first time that the British Council has created a curatorial opportunity attached to the British Pavilion exhibition as part of the Venice Art Biennale. 
The successful applicant will gain access to the British Council's global audiences and extensive international networks, and a valuable opportunity to launch or enhance their international career. Working closely with the artist representing Britain, as well as the British Council team, they will deliver an exceptional exhibition and associated programme of talks and events at the world's most prestigious contemporary art event.


The appointed Curator will work closely with the British Pavilion Commissioner, Director of Exhibitions and the Venice Senior Project Manager to deliver the exhibition in Venice.
  • Fee: £10,000
  • Deadline: 3 December 2017
  • Open to: Curators living and working in the UK, currently employed by a non-profit UK-based arts organisation

Isuma per il Canada

Dal sito Canadian Art segnaliamo che il collettivo Isuma rappresenterà il Canada alla prossima edizione della Biennale di Venezia 209

Articolo " Born in 1957 in a sod house on Baffin Island, Zacharias Kunuk was a carver in 1981 when he sold three sculptures in Montreal to buy a home-video camera and 27-inch TV to bring back to Igloolik, a settlement of 500 Inuit who had voted twice to refuse access to outside television.
Now, Kunuk is preparing to present films by Isuma—the groundbreaking and award-winning Inuit video-based production company he co-founded in nearly three decades ago—at the 2019 Venice Biennale.
“Oral history and new technology match,” says Kunuk, who with Isuma won the Caméra d’Or at Cannes in 2001 for the Inuktitut-language feature Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner). “I am trying to do this with my videos—tell the story behind how we lived. We try to make everything authentic so a hundred years from now when people see our films they’ll know how to do it.”
The National Gallery of Canada made the announcement today that the artist collective Isuma, led by Kunu....  "

martedì 5 dicembre 2017

Open Call Finlandia

Open call for the Pavilion of Finland at the Venice Biennale 2019

Pavilion of Finland

The jury members

Natasha Ginwala, Independent Curator
Terike Haapoja, Artist, Nordic Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale
Chaired by Raija Koli, Director, Frame Contemporary Art Finland

Application guidelines

  • A curatorial statement describing the relevance of the artist(s) in the context of Venice Biennale.
  • The project must have a curator with experience in curating international exhibitions and managing complex projects, budget control and project reporting, and who is committed to realising the project within the agreed schedule and to participate  in meetings with the artist(s) and with the commissioner.
  • The artist(s) must have significant exhibition experience in Finland and/or internationally.
  • A concise outline of the proposal (max 5 A4);
  • The name and CV of the curator;
  • The name, CV and portfolio of the artist(s).
What is the procedure?
  • The deadline for the submission of proposals is 10 January 2018.
  • Shortlisted entrants must submit a detailed plan by 18 March 2018.
  • Shortlisted entrants will personally present their proposals to the jury and the final selection will be made in April 2018.

Frame Contemporary Art Finland invites proposals for the Pavilion of Finland at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia in 2019.
Frame Contemporary Art Finland is seeking project proposals for the Alvar Aalto Pavilion of Finland. The pavilion is situated in the Giardini in Venice. We are looking forward to a wide range of exhibition proposals which take into consideration the scale of the Pavilion space. The proposal may be submitted by artists or curators.
The deadline for applications is 10 January 2018. The international jury will invite 3–4 applicants to develop their proposals further.
In April 2018, one project will be selected to be realised for the Pavilion of Finland at the Venice Biennale 2019.

For a floor map and images of the Alvar Aalto Pavilion of Finland, please visit:

Maija Tanninen-Mattila, Director, HAM Helsinki Art Museum

Who can apply?
Proposals may be submitted by a curator working together with an artist or vice versa. The curator and the artist can be an individual or a collective. The project must include one or more artists who are Finnish citizens or based in Finland.
What are the requirements?
How do I apply?
The proposal shall include in pdf form:
Send your proposal to Frame Contemporary Art Finland by 10 January 2016 11.59pm (GMT +2) by email: All supporting material must be stored online and cannot be sent by post.

For more information
Raija Koli, Director, Frame Contemporary Art Finland,

Image: Alvar Aalto Pavilion of Finland, photo Ugo Carmeni.

venerdì 1 dicembre 2017

E ora si riparte 58 Biennale 2019

Dopo alcuni giorni di riposo possiamo guardare ora al prossimo 2019 quando si svolgerà una nuova edizione della Biennale di Venezia sarà la 58 edizione.