If you are true fans of contemporary art, you should approximately spend at least two weeks visiting all the exhibitions of Venice Biennale.
Every year the lagoon city becomes a stylish museum that houses many extraordinary events. This year the main theme is “All the World’s Futures”.
The origin of Biennale
The Venice Biennale (also known as Biennale) was created in 1895; nowadays it’s one of the most prestigious cultural events, and stands at the forefront of research and promotion of new contemporary art trends.
La Biennale organizes exhibitions and research in very specific fields: Arts, Architecture, Cinema, Dance, Music and Theatre.
Since 1998 the section of Biennale about Art and Architecture are no longer simply exhibitions, but is based instead on three huge pillars:
- The exhibitions housed by National Pavilions, each with its own curator and project
- The International Exhibition curated this year by Okwui Enwezor, chosen specifically for this task
- Collateral Events, approved by the Biennale curator
Thanks to this reorganization, The ArtBiennale has been recognized as the world leader in contemporary art exhibitions and the countries participating have increased from 59 (in 1999) to 88 in 2013.
This year, for the first time will debut five new countries: Grenada, Mauritius, Mongolia, Mozambique, and the Republic of the Seychelles.
The Venice International Film Festival
The Venice International Film Festival, founded in 1932, is the oldest international film festival in the world, mostly known for the quality of its movie selection.
This year will be held from 2nd to 12th September 2015 and the famous director Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, Harry Potter, Pan’s Labyrinth) has been announced as the President of the Jury that will assign the award for the best movie, the prestigious Golden Lion (Leone D’Oro).
Wim Wenders, Luchino Visconti, Sophia Coppola and Ang Lee are some of the names of the past winners. The Festival also organizes retrospectives and tributes to the main protagonists of the history of cinema.
Must-See exhibitions in Venice
Many are the figures in the international scene that animate the festival: Jenny Holzer, Ettore Spalletti and Mario Merz for example; to each is dedicated a monographic exhibition in the Art sector.
Also the prestigious Guggenheim dedicates its space to two important artists: the great Jackson Pollock with the exhibition “Mural. Energy made visible “and his brother Charles Pollock with a retrospective that documents his career through a rich set of unpublished material.
The projects of Ursula von Rydingsvard and Jaume Plensa are monumental (both can be visited up to 22/11): the latter has installed his sculptures in the Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore, while the impressive work of the German artist has to be dug out in the mysterious garden of the Marinaressa, (Riva dei Sette Martiri).
We also must mention the exhibition of the Guatemala Pavilion, Sweet Death, conceived and designed by Daniele Radini Tedeschi; a journey immersed in a sort of Dante’s Inferno in which the lights point out the decline, old age and death.
To conclude an eye on the lagoon, cause you’ll see a gigantic iceberg of stainless steel floating in the middle of it; this piece was created by Helidon Xhixha, an Albanian artist now living in Italy; a strong environmental message.
A look at emerging artists
Research and production opportunities addressed to the younger generation of artists will be held in all sectors, thanks to a systematic and continuous project, Biennale College, aimed to train young artists, working in the fields Dance, Music, Theater and Cinema.
The Biennale aims to promote such talent by offering them to make contact with teachers, the best that can offer an international institution.
La Biennale is held from 9th May to 22nd November 2015.
For further info check the official website: http://www.labiennale.org/en/biennale/index.html