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Paolo Baratta, the President of La Biennale di Venezia, presenting this edition, said: "The 57th Exhibition introduces a further development. It is as though what has always been our primary work method —encounter and dialogue— has now become the theme of the Exhibition, because this year’s Biennale is dedicated to celebrating, and almost giving thanks for, the very existence of art and artists, whose worlds expand our perspective and the space of our existence. Christine Macel has called it an 'Exhibition inspired by humanism.' (…) In this type of humanism, the artistic act is contemporaneously an act of resistance, of liberation and of generosity."
complete Statement by Baratta
Tehching Hsieh, an influential figure in the history of conceptual and performance art, represents Taiwan with an exhibition curated by Adrian Heathfield.
5 artists on the theme of 'play' and how it functions in the world - as a source of vitality and a method of navigation. Curator: Hammad Nasar.
Informative photo tours including a selection of national pavilions and parallel exhibitions throughout the city
Awards of the 57th International Art Exhibition:
Golden Lion for best National Participation:
Germany, Anne Imhof
Special mention for a National Participation:
Brazil, Cinthia Marcelle
Golden Lion for the Best Artist of the exhibition Viva Arte Viva:
Franz Erhard Walther (* 1939 Germany)
Silver Lion for a Promising Young Artist:
Hassan Khan (* 1975 UK)
Charles Atlas (* 1949 USA)
Petrit Halilaj (* 1986 Kosovo)
Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement:
Jury of the 57th International Art Exhibition:
Manuel J. Borja-Villel (President of the Jury, Spain)
Francesca Alfano Miglietti (Italy)
Amy Cheng (Taiwan)
Ntone Edjabe (Cameroon)
Mark Godfrey (Great Britain)
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Giardini and Arsenale, opening times:
13 May - 26 November
Tue - Sun 10 am - 6 pm
Only Arsenale until 30 September:
Fri, Sat 10 am - 8 pm
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More information and tickets:
Website of La Biennale di Venezia
Internat. Architecture Exhibition, 23 May - 29 Nov. 2020. Curator: Hashim Sarkis.
59th International Art Exhibition, May - Nov. 2021. Preview information, first Pavilions.