The 55th International Art Exhibition titled Il Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace), curated by Massimiliano Gioni and organized by la Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta, is opening to the public from Saturday1st June to Sunday 24th November 2013 at the Giardini and at the Arsenale. The preview will be held on 29th, 30th and 31st May. The award ceremony and the inauguration will take place on Saturday 1st June.
The Main Exhibition
The Exhibition Il Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace) will be laid out in the Central Pavilion (Giardini) and in the Arsenale forming a single itinerary, with works spanning over the past century alongside several new commissions, including over 150 artists from 37 countries.
âIl Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace) is a show about obsessions and about the transformative power of the imagination.â
Selected artists working with photography or video art:
John Bock Unzone / Eierloch, 2012 Copyright the artist, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London
Yuri Ancarani Da Vinci, 2012 Digital video, 25 min. Courtesy the artist and Galleria Zero
Melvin Moti Eigenlicht, 2012 35mm film Courtesy the artist and Meyer Riegger
The Pavilion of Iraq at the 55th International Art Exhibition â la Biennale di Venezia in 2013 will host a group exhibition curated by Jonathan Watkins comprising works by eleven contemporary Iraqi artists resident in Iraq. Working across a wide range of media, including photography, drawing, painting, video, installation, sculpture, and textiles, they represent two generations of artists from across the country and were selected after many studio visits, other meetings and much careful thinking.
The National Pavilion of the United Arab Emirates has announced Mohammed Kazem as featured artist and Reem Fadda as curator for the 55th International Art ExhibitionâLa Biennale di Venezia.
Mohammed Kazem is a leading conceptual artist in the United Arab Emirates and is known for his incorporation of new media and his sophisticated formalist language. Fadda writes, âMohammed Kazem, a pioneering contemporary artist and thinker from the UAE, represents a generation that emerged from an avant-garde legacy of arts and artists in the UAE and the surrounding region, one â¦
The Danish Arts Council announces details of Jesper Justâs new film and site-specific installation Intercourses, along with the parallel international graphic campaign by design studio Project Projects for the 55th International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia, June 1âNovember 24, 2013.
Jesper Just confronts the paradoxical nature intrinsic to Biennale commissions in the Giardini: the pavilion as physical representation of one country in another country. Using this as a point of departure, Intercourses examines themes of architectural pastiche and cultural dislocaâ¦
Jeremy Deller will present a much-anticipated solo exhibition in the British Pavilion at the 55th International Art Exhibition in Venice from 1st June to 24th November 2013.
Jeremy Dellerâs way of working as artist, orchestrator, filmmaker, curator and cultural archivist is both highly influential and often collaborative. People often take centre stage in Dellerâs practice and, over the last two decades, the Turner Prize-winning artist has collaborated with groups as diverse as former miners, bat behavioural experts, Depeche Mode fans and numerous musicians. Deller has anâ¦
Gilad Ratman presents The Workshop (2013), a multi-channel site-specific installation at the Israeli Pavilion at this yearâs 55th International Art Exhibition â La Biennale di Venezia. Commissioned by the Israel Ministry for Culture and Sport, Ratman is one of the youngest artists ever to be chosen for the Israeli Pavilion. The Workshop is based on a fictional underground journey from Israel to Venice taken by a small community of people. Their epic voyage starts in the caves of Israel, weaves through treacherous subterranean passages before bursting through the floor of the Israelâ¦
The exhibition aims to showcase artists who use materials of the past to comment on the contemporary. The exhibition is about the protection and preservation of South Africa national heritage and the symbols and artifacts of that heritage. It is also about using the arts to question and challenge the reading of the past, to reach a new understanding of it and to craft a new and inclusive narrative for the country. Gerhard Marx, Maja Marx and Philip Miller recall "The Truth and Reconciliation Commission", through the creation of an installation of seven films with audio; using the souâ¦
Richard Mosse will represent Ireland with The Enclave, a major new multi-media installation at the 55th International Art Exhibition â La Biennale di Venezia. The Commissioner and Curator is Anna O'Sullivan, Director of the Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland. Ireland at Venice is an initiative of Culture Ireland and the Arts Council/An Chomhairle EalaÃon.
Mosseâs practice resides at the interface between documentary journalism and contemporary art. For centuries, the Congo has compelled and defied the Western imagination. Richard Mosse brings to this subject theâ¦
Akram Zaatari will be presenting a major new work, titled Letter to a Refusing Pilot, in the Lebanese Pavilion at the 55th International Art Exhibition â La Biennale di Venezia. Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, the exhibition marks the debut of Zaatariâs most aesthetically ambitious and politically nuanced project to date, and creates a dialogue between two works, a new 45-minute video and a looping 16mm film, in an immersive environment conceived as a stage awaiting an actor, or a cinema awaiting a spectator.
Mathias Poledna, A Village by the Sea, 2011 35 mm black and white film, optical sound, 5:40 min 35 mm frame enlargement Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna; Galerie Buchholz, Cologne/Berlin; Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles
Mathias Poledna (born 1965 in Vienna) completed his studies at the University of Applied Arts and the University of Vienna. He has lived and worked in Los Angeles since 2000.
His work examines the interconnections between art and entertainment, modernity in architecture and design, the language of film, cinema and the process of image making in our culture. Often informed by extensive research, his projects of recent years have taken the form of minimal and highly evocative film installations that suggest a complex tension between their visceral attraction and concepts circulating aroâ¦
Alfredo Jaar will represent Chile at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013. Jaar is an artist, architect, and filmmaker who lives and works in New York. With an expansive commitment to art in diverse and distinctive cultural, political, and public contexts, his work has been commissioned, exhibited and installed throughout the world, including Biennale in Venice (1987, 2002), Sao Paulo (1987, 1989, 2010), and Documenta in Kassel (1987, 2002). For the Venetian experience Jaar will create a major new site-specific installation. This as reguard Jaar won't be the first partecipation at the Biennale. Inâ¦
For Portugalâs participation in the 55th International Art Exhibition â la Biennale di Venezia, the artist Joana Vasconcelos and the curator Miguel Amado will present Trafaria Praia, a project in which a cacilheiro, or Lisbon ferry, is transformed into a floating pavilion and artwork. The commissioner of the project is the DireÃ§Ã£o-Geral das Artes, a Portuguese state agency operating under the auspices of the SecretÃ¡rio de Estado da Cultura, Governo de Portugal.
The official Australian representation at the 55th International Art Exhibition comprises an exhibition of new works by Simryn Gill and is curated by Catherine de Zegher. Simryn Gill works in the realm of the ephemeral and the domestic, with its daily habits and repetitions. Through her images and collections of objects, she brings into play her, and our, everyday experiences. Once formed, these works have the unexpected capacity to disturb our ideas of order. Be they books and words, landscapes of sublime power, or discarded objects of uncertain value, the different elements of her work existâ¦
Anri Sala Represents France at the Germany Pavilion
Wed 29 May 15:00
The piece he is creating for the Biennale is titled Ravel Ravel Unravel, a subtle word play on the verb and the eponymous composer. In 1930, Maurice Ravel created a concerto to be played exclusively by the left hand, and it is upon this composition that the installation pivots. Two films focus separately upon the left hands of two renowned pianists â Louis Lortie and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet â who were invited by Sala to perform the piece. The films, played simultaneously, reveal the differences and discrepancies between the two interpretations of the music, as the temporal lapse becomâ¦
In 2013 Gaensheimer carries forward this critical investigation of the significance of traditional forms of national representation in the national pavilions at the Venice Biennale. Contemporary artistic production in Germany, as elsewhere, is characterized by multilayered forms of cooperation between artists from all over the world and by international intellectual and cultural exchange. Therefore, at the Venice Biennale, Germany will not be represented as a hermetic national unit but as an active participant in a complex, worldwide constellation. For this reason Gaensheimer has invited four â¦
The Japan Foundation has invited the artist Koki Tanaka and curator Mika Kuraya to provide the Japan Pavilion contribution to the 55th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, opening 1 June 2013. Koki Tanaka and Mika Kuraya will address through a video installation the theme, âHow is it possible to take on the experiences of others as oneâs own?â
Having experienced the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, a disaster on an unprecedented scale, what message should Japan be sending to the world? This is the question that inspired the plan proposed by Tanaka andâ¦
Finland presents two solo exhibitions under the heading Falling Trees: Terike Haapoja in the Nordic Pavilion and one of Antti Laitinen in the Finnish Aalto Pavilion. True to its title, the exhibition concept revisits a dramatic event at the 2011 biennale: the abrupt falling of a large tree that left the Finnish pavilion severely damaged and effectively closed the exhibition ahead of time. With this singular event as its starting point, Falling Trees reassesses our relationship with nature through multiple means of re-enactment and repetition.
From Baku to Venice : six contemporary artists from the land of fire.
Fakhriyya MammadovaÂ´s (born 1974) photographs show the fragments of a story of a young bride. The traditional Azeri wedding ceremony is observed from an exterior point of view, changing between a documentary and intimate perspective.
The Polaroid series of Sanan Aleskerov (born 1956) shows his personal vision of social and aesthetical changes in cities and landscapes in Azerbaijan.
The notion of bottari (bundle) as a whole and totality and the concept of sewing have been the central components of Kimsoojaâs work for over three decades. Posing various questions about the formal aspects of tableau, sculpture, object and installation, bottari encompasses issues of body, self and others and the relationship of yin and yang to life and death. Bottari explores problems of location and dislocation, migration, exile, and war, while posing existential and cognitive questions in space and time.
Resistance is a survey on the discourses, techniques and management tactics developed for the body today and focuses on the interventions and strategies that both release the body from its own restrictions and restrict it in order to control it. Ali Kazma attempts to read the complex meanings and the enigma produced by the body as a physical and conceptual space from within a broad network of relations. In this multi-channel video installation to be premiered in Venice, Kazma researches the networks that shape the body within social, cultural, economic, political, scientific and mental layers.â¦
The Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana and Å kuc Gallery are proud to present Jasmina Cibic at the Slovenian Pavilion, La Biennale di Venezia, the 55th International Art Exhibition. Cibicâs project, For our Economy and Culture, is commissioned by BlaÅ¾ PerÅ¡in and curated by TevÅ¾ Logar, artistic director of Å kuc Gallery, Ljubljana.
Currently based between London and Ljubljana, Jasmina Cibic is one of a new generation of Slovenian artists whose practice, although conscious of and addressing specific national political and theoretical concerns, operateâ¦
Stefanos Tsivopoulos will represent Greece at the 55th International Art Exhibition â la Biennale di Venezia with his work History Zero, which will be unveiled at the Giardini during the preview on 29 May 2013. The project is curated by Syrago Tsiara, Director of the Thessaloniki Center of Contemporary Art, Greece, and has been commissioned by the Hellenic Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs, Culture and Sports.
History Zero comprises a film of three episodes alongside an archive of text and images. The film questions the value of money and the role money plays in the foâ¦
The title of the exhibition WINTER is inspired by the poem of the 19th century Kazakh poet and thinker Abay Qunanbayuli who left a great intellectual legacy to the region of Central Asia and whose work was concerned with questions of social justice in his time.
In our curatorial project for the International Art Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia 2013, we recontextualize this poem to current day Central Asia, employing the key of the metaphorical to address the current socio-political context in the region and the issue of artistic agency. We aim to broaden the political debate in tâ¦
Each bomb has its own story, which is essentially one of two kinds. Bombs may explode and thus fulfill their role as objects made specifically for the purpose of destruction, and then enter history books and the personal histories that families maintain. Zsolt Asztalos in his turn looks into the other possible story in an installation he has prepared for the 55th International Art Exhibition in Venice: the story of the malfunctioning device (unexploded bomb) as it leaves behind its original function, assumes a life of its own, starts writing a narrative, becoming a director of our lives througâ¦
The exhibition National Works explores two major works by sculptor Sami Mohammad (b. 1943) along with a new photographic production by Tarek Al-Ghoussein (b. 1962). Curated by Ala Younis, National Works disassembles symbols of grandeur in paused/post glorious times, in an attempt to re-interpret Kuwaitâs modernization project.
For this exhibition, Tarek Al-Ghoussein tracks encounters with grandness in sites significant to Kuwait's history. This chapter of his K Files, a work in-progress, marks returns to sites of proportion and vastness, with an attempt to considerâ¦