Sunday, November 27, 2011


What an amazing experience attending one of the world´s famous Contemporary-Art Exhibition, collected in one same place, VENICE! 
Is the city built over water, what makes it unique and charming for tourists; likewise its history, canals, gondolas, trattorie, facades and colors!
The Venice Biennial is a cultural and artistic gathering for Art, Architecture, Film, Dance, Theater and Music, organized every two years, to be expressed in an innovative and creative way for Art Lovers!


La Biennale di Venezia - The Venice Biennial presented this year the 54th International Art Expo Contemporary, directed by the Swiss art historian and critic, Bice Curiger. From June 4th to November 27th 2011, the exhibition took place in the Giardini (Biennial Gardens), the Arsenale and all around the city. With a presence of 83 Artists all around the world, 89 National Participants; countries such as South America, North America, Europe, Asia divided in Pavilions and 37 Collateral Events featuring exhibitions and initiatives in various locations around the city. Each Pavilion was visited by gallery owners, art critics, journalists, museum directors, art historians and collectors which highlighted the best artists, artworks and curators from each country.

The Biennial Foundation, has been over a century, one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world. Ever since, its foundation in 1895, it has had the objective of promoting new artistic trends and organizing international events in contemporary arts, which has been reflected up to now.

ILLUMInazioni or ILLUMInations was the title for this years´Biennial theme, where Curiger explored contemporary art from her own perspective turning it into a well-organized exhibition. She aimed to connect Pre-Modern and Contemporary Art, therefore she included in the Central Pavilion (Giardini) three art pieces by master Tintoretto, Venetian artist known as ¨The Painter of Light¨ during the Renaissance. As well as contemporary and young artists such as Cindy Sherman, Seth Price, Sigmar Polke, Christopher Wool, Maurizio Cattelan, Pippilotti Rist, etc.

The best artists selected by Bice Curiger for the main exhibition: ILLUMINAZIONI

Giorgio Andreotta Calò
Born in Venice, Italy, 1979
Lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Meris Angioletti
Born in Bergamo, Italy, 1977
Lives and works in Paris, France

Nairy Baghramian
Born in Isfhan, Iran, 1971
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany

Yto Barrada
Born in Paris, France, 1971
Lives and works in Tangeri, Morocco

Elisabetta Benassi
Born in Rome, Italy, 1966
Lives and works in Rome, Italy

Founded in 2004
Lives and works in Shanghai, China
Birdhead are:
Song Tao
Born in Shanghai, China, 1979
Ji Weiyu
Born in Shanghai, China, 1980

Monica Bonvicini
Born in Venice, Italy, 1965
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany

Mohamed Bourouissa
Born in Blida, Algeria, 1978
Lives and works in Paris, France

Carol Bove
Born in Geneva, Switzerland, 1971
Lives and works in New York, USA

Gerard Byrne
Born in Dublin, Ireland, 1969
Lives and works in Dublin, Ireland

Mariana Castillo Deball
Born in Mexico City, Mexico, 1975
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany and Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Maurizio Cattelan
Born in Padova, Italy, 1960
Lives and works in New York, USA

Gianni Colombo
Born in Milan, Italy, 1937
Died in 1993

Martin Creed
Born in Wakefield, Great Britain, 1968
Lives and works in London, UK

DAS INSTITUT and Kerstin Brätsch
DAS INSTITUT (Kerstin Brätsch and Adele Röder) Import/Export since 2007
Live and work in New York, USA and Berlin, Germany

Guy de Cointet
Born in Paris, France, 1934
Died in 1983

Gintaras Didžiapetris
Born in Vilnius, Lithuania, 1985
Lives and works in Vilnius, Lithuania

Song Dong
Born in Beijing, China, 1966
Lives and works in Beijing, China

Trisha Donnelly
Born in San Francisco, USA, 1974
Lives and works in San Francisco, USA

Shannon Ebner
Born in Englewood, USA, 1971
Lives and works in Los Angeles, USA

Latífa Echakhch
Born in El Khnansa, Morocco, 1974
Lives and works in Martigny, Switzerland

Art is a matter of being subjective!

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