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Philippines Return to Venice Biennale After 50-Year Absence

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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

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Bad Attitudes: Harald Szeemann’s Landmark Exhibition Was a Scandal in Its Day

Installation view of “When Attitudes Become Form: Bern 1969/Venice 2013” Curated by Germano Celant in dialogue with Thomas Demand and Rem Koolhaas Fondazione Prada, Ca’ Corner della Regina, Venice
1 June – 3 November 2013
Photo: Attilio Maranzano
Courtesy: Fondazione Prada

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

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GalleristNY and The New York Observer in Venice

Venice. (Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

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

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The Venice Biennale International Jury Has Been Selected

Jessica Morgan

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