The Filipino Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the Department of Tourism, in partnership with the Office of Filipino Senator Loren Legarda has announced that the Philippines will participate in the 2015 Venice Biennale, according to Art Radar Asia. This will be the country’s first national pavilion in 50 years. Read More
Harald Szeemann’s mother did not approve of “When Attitudes Become Form.” A resident of Bern, Switzerland, where his famous exhibition took place in 1969, she was horrified by “Attitudes” and the controversy it caused. I’m getting all these terrible phone calls, she wrote to her son. You have to stop doing these gag exhibitions.
That letter from Mrs. Szeemann is one of many archival documents on view on the ground floor of the Ca’ Corner della Regina, the 18th-century Venetian palazzo where Germano Celant, curator of the Prada Foundation, has recreated Szeemann’s groundbreaking show, working in collaboration with the artist Thomas Demand and the architect Rem Koolhaas. This may not be the main event in town—that would be the biennale—but still it’s made an impact. On the second of three press preview days, people were lining up outside, bumping umbrellas in the rain. Read More
Massimiliano Gioni, international man of mystery and Maurizio Cattelan stunt double, has understandably been giving a lot of interviews ahead of his Venice Biennale. Through meticulous research involving a crack team of interns and my Google Reader I have collected them all below for absolutely no reason. Read More
François Pinault may be down a Boy with Frog, but the French billionaire is still giving the Biennale a run for its money.
Ever since he opened his Palazzo Grassi private museum in 2007, on the eve of that year’s Venice Biennale, Mr. Pinault and his curator (first Alison Gingeras, and, for the past few Read More
With Art Basel Hong Kong winding down, the art crowd is getting ready to set sail for Venice, for the preview days of the 55th Biennale, which has been organized by New York’s Massimiliano Gioni, and the unveiling of scores of national pavilions and exhibitions and events around town. It all takes place next week, with the main show officially opening to the public on Saturday, June 1. Read More
Venice Biennale officials have announced the five members of the International Jury, which will determine the recipients of the coveted Golden and Silver Lion prizes at this year’s exposition. The jury, which will be led by Jessica Morgan, the Daskalopoulos Curator of International Art at Tate Modern, will also include Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, the chief curator of the 9a. Bienal do Mercosul in Porto Alegre, Brazil and curator for contemporary art at the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros in New York and Caracas, Francesco Manacorda, who was recently appointed artistic director of Tate Liverpool, Bisi Silva, founder and director of the Centre for Contemporary Art in Lagos, Nigeria, and Ali Subotnick, curator at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. Read More
The Danish Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale will feature a multi-channel film by the artist Jesper Just. The project will consist of five films played simultaneously on a loop that examine “architectural pastiche and cultural dislocation,” particularly that of Paris, according to a release from the Danish Arts Council. Read More