Venice Biennale 2013

Venice Biennale 2013

South Korea Selects Kimsooja for Venice Biennale

'Deductive Object'

Despite previous reports that South Korea would send a group show to this year’s Venice Biennale, it appears that installation artist Kimsooja—a regular at MoMA PS1 and other New York venues—will be the country’s sole representative (Blouin Artinfo broke the news). Kimsooja is no stranger to the City of Bridges; this will be her fifth time exhibiting at the Biennale (she also participated in 2007, 2005, 2001 and 1999). It won’t be the artist’s first time working with Biennale director Massimiliano Gioni either—he curated the 2009 Gwanju Biennale in Korea, in which she appeared. Read More

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Iraq Details Plans for 2013 Venice Biennale Pavilion

The Palazzo Dandolo. (Wikipedia)

After making its first appearance at the Venice Biennale in 2011, Iraq is returning for round two this summer. The Ruya Foundation for Contemporary Art in Iraq, which is in charge of the pavilion this year, announced today that it will present a group exhibition in the city’s Palazzo Dandolo. Jonathan Watkins, the director of the Ikon Gallery, in Birmingham, England, has been tapped to curate it. Read More

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‘Magic’ in the Air at Indonesia’s First Venice Biennale Pavilion

One of Entang Wiharso's installations. (Courtesy of the artist and ARNDT, Berlin.)

Five Indonesian artists will collaborate on a “magic”-themed exhibition for this year’s Venice Biennale, the Jakarta Globe reports. Indonesian artists have appeared in the biennale before, but this will be the first year that the country will present in its own pavilion. The five artists—Albert Yohan Setiawan, Sri Astari, Eko Nugroho, Entang Witarso and Titarubi—work across a wide spectrum of media ranging from embroidery to fiberglass, and have primarily exhibited throughout Indonesia and Europe. Read More

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Gilad Ratman to Represent Israel at 2013 Venice Biennale

Gilad Ratman. Video still from The Boggyman, 2008. (Courtesy of the artist and Aspect Ratio, Chicago.)

Israel has chosen Gilad Ratman, its youngest representative yet, for this year’s Venice Biennale, according to a press release from his alma mater, Columbia University. [This was announced in March 2012, before we started keeping careful track of all the biennale representatives. —Ed.] Mr. Ratman, who was born in 1975, studied at the Bezalel Academy for Art and Design in Jerusalem and the School of Visual Arts in New York before getting his MFA from Columbia’s School of the Arts. The video and installation artist divides his time between Tel Aviv, where he is represented by Braverman Gallery, and New York, where his work has been included in group shows like MoMA PS1’s 2010 “Greater New York” exhibition. Though information on the nature of Mr. Ratman’s Biennale project is not available, his video work often features amphibious-looking humans wading through primordial ooze and swampland. Perhaps similar imagery or some of the themes mentioned below in Mr. Ratman’s artist statement for MoMA PS1 will grace the Israel Pavilion. Read More

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Palestine Pavilion at 2013 Venice Biennale to Feature Bashir Makhoul and Aissa Deebi

Aissa Deebi will be one of two artists representing Palestine.

Bashir Makhoul and Aissa Deebi will represent Palestine at this year’s Venice Biennale, according to Al Hoash, a Jerusalem-based nonprofit that promotes Palestinian art. Both Mr. Makhoul and Mr. Deebi are multimedia artists who work primarily with photography, often to address Palestinian politics as well as themes of diaspora and exile. Their project, “Otherwise Occupied,” will focus on their homeland’s geopolitical identity. Mr. Makhoul is currently the head of the Winchester School of Art, part of the University of Southhampton in England, and has exhibited his work at Elga Wimmer Gallery in Manhattan, as has Mr. Deebi. Mr. Deebi is a founding member of ArteEast, a Brooklyn-based organization that supports Middle Eastern art and culture. Bruce Ferguson and Rawan Sharaf will act as curators for the project. This is Palestine’s third year participating in the Venice Biennale. Read More

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For Venice Biennale Debut, Kosovo Taps Petrit Halilaj

Installation view of Halilaj's 'Several Birds fly away when they understand it' (2012) at Kunsthalle St. Gallen, 2012.

The Balkan nation of Kosovo, which declared its independence in 2008, is going to the Venice Biennale for the first time this summer. This week the nation announced that it will send artist Petrit Halilaj to the event, with Kathrin Rhomberg handling curatorial duties. The upcoming biennale runs June 1 through Nov. 24, and the New Museum’s associate director, Massimiliano Gioni, is organizing the main show. (Thanks to Art Review for breaking the news.) Read More

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Finland Goes With Terike Haapoja and Antti Laitinen for 2013 Venice Biennale

The Nordic Pavilion. (Courtesy Jean-Pierre Dalbéra/Flickr)

Terike Haapoja and Antti Laitinen have been selected to represent Finland at the 2013 Venice Pavilion, the Frame Foundation, a group created by the Finnish government to promote the nation’s art, reports. The exhibition will fill the Aalto and Nordic Pavilions at the biennale next year. Mika Elo, Marko Karo and Harri Laakso will serve as curators on the project. Read More

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France and Germany Will Trade Pavilions for 2013 Venice Biennale

(Courtesy Happyfamousartists/Flickr)

Though the leaders of France and Germany, François Hollande and Angela Merkel, are something less than great friends, the nation’s top curators seem to be getting along just swimmingly. The Institut Français, which oversees France’s Venice Biennale pavilion, announced that it will trade spaces with Germany at the 2013 biennale. Art Review first reported the news. Read More