Venice celebrates art in all its forms
13 May, 2017
Dozens of artists, many of whom unfamiliar names, gathered in northeastern Italy to celebrate the vitality of world’s art as part of the 57th international art exhibition La Biennale di Venezia. The 2017 edition of the Venice Biennale was opened on 13 May and will continue until 26 November. The organisers of the event have selected works by 120 artists representing 50 countries, 103 of which are first-time participants.
The biennale is held under the slogan Viva Art Viva, a passionate endorsement of art and artists’ role in the world. “The idea is for the artist to be the focus of the exhibition, by lending them greater significance than any other theme,” says the curator Christine Macel, who is responsible for Contemporary and Prospective Creation at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Popular artists featured in the Biennale include Sheila Hicks, Kiki Smith and Denmark’s Olafur Eliasson, whose giant sculptures have toured the world.
The generation of people born in 1969, Macel among them, is also represented by famous artists such as Kader Attia and Philippe Parreno. A total of 85 countries have their pavilions at the biennale.