“All the World’s Futures” is the theme of Venice International Art Biennale

Venice begins springtime breathing art in every corner of its exotic urban construction. This is the year that happens to Biennale, one of the most traditional events, which brings together artists and outstanding works in the field of plastic arts, cinema, architecture, dance and theater, until November 22

The highlight of the Biennale is the International Exhibition of Arts which this year was opened to the public the first week of May. An initiative that attracts visitors worldwide who are adopting a single route in the maximum expression of creativity of artists representing the different existing cultures around the planet.

One of the winning entries at Venice Biennale in 2013. Photo by Mari Weigert.

Visit Venice in time of Biennale, for arts lovers, is going beyond limits of reality and transit in an other matter dimension. One that sublimates in shape, color and language the poetic of humanity.

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“Opened in the first week of May, the traditional International Art Exhibition of Venice, this year the 56th with the theme “All the World’s Futures”, curated by Okwui Enwezor and organized by the Venice Biennale chaired by Paolo Baratta.

The show keeps 89 national participations in the pavilions ‘ai Giardini, all`Arsenale’ and in the historic center of Venice. There are five countries attending for the first time: Grenada, Mauritius Islands, Mongolia, Mozambique and Seychelles Republic. Other countries also participate this year after a long absense: Ecuador (1966), Philippines (1964), Guatemala (1954).

Vatican participates with a show in the Weapons Room, a space the Biennial restored to be allocated to permanent pavilions.

The Pavilion of Italy at Arsenal, organized by the Ministry of Goods and Cultural Activity with the general direction of art and contemporary architecture and urban periphery, was curated this year by Vincenzo Trione.

The parallels official events authorized by curators and promoted by international organizations are 44, which establish its shows and initiatives in many places in town.


Internacional Exhibition 

The exhibition “All The World`s Futures” composes a unique journey through the showroom which is linked to the Central Pavilion (Giardini) and Arsenalle, including 136 artists of which 89 are present for the first time, from 53 countries and 159 are new productions made for this edition.

“The Biennial is 120 years old, and year after year continues to build even its own history, which is made of many memories, but in particular, a long succession of different viewpoints of thephenomenon of the artistic creation in contemporary.”

So Paolo Baratta opened this year edition, recalling that “Bice Curiger brought us the theme of perception and Massimiliano Gioni was interested in the artistic creation of the interior phenomenon, the inner forces that lead the artist to create.”
Today, the world is presented to us through severe fractures and lacerations, by asymmetries and uncertainties about the perspectives. Despite the enormous advances in knowledge and technology, we live a kind of ‘anxiety age’. And the Biennale returns to observe the relationship between art and the development of human reality, in social forces, politics, and in searches of external phenomena. Then is wanted to ask in a way the external tensions of world touches sensibility, vital and expressive energies of artists, his desires and soul movements. The Biennial called Okwui Enwenzor, says Baratta, also for his particular sensitivity to these aspects.

“Curiger, Gioni, Enwezor: almost a trilogy – sums up the presitend – three chapters of a survey of Venice Biennale and its helpful referrals to formulate aesthetic judgments about contemporary art, ‘critical’ issues adter the end of avant-garde and art ‘not art’.”

“Okwui is not intended to judge or express a prophecy, but want to call the art and artists from all over the world and from diverse disciplines: one of Forms Parliament. A global exhibition where we can ask, or at least listen to artists from 53 countries, many of various geographic areas we call peripheral. This will also help us to be updated about geography and paths of artists today, subject which will be object of a special project: the one related to artists Curriculum who operates in the world. A Parliament, therefore, for a Biennial of many and intense vitalities.” 

“What is exposed in Biennale is founded in 120 years of art history, which fragments are in each angle and with many fronts, considering the institution art work, in dance, theater, music and cinema (…). Is a place of ‘dialectical images’, using Walter Benjamin’s expression.”

“And I am still satisfied – concludes Baratta – of not having heard sad considerations of whom, in 1998, used to say the show with foreign pavilions was outmoded (out of fashion) and was already eliminated, perhaps putting in place a white cube, an asseptic space, where would exercise our abstract presumption or to give hospitality to market dictatorship. In fact, our articulated and complex reality helps us prevent this danger. The big mountain of fragments of our history grows every year, and in front of still lies a mountain bigger of what was not shown in past Biennials.” 

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