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The Venice Art Biennaleone of the most anticipated events in the art world, has returned with its 60th edition, promising a rich exploration of diversity and identity under the curatorial leadership of Adriano Pedrosa. Entitled Stranieri Ovunque – Foreigners everywhereThis year’s exhibition invites visitors to delve into the complexity of being a foreigner, both for others and for yourself. The Biennale will be open to the public from the Giardini and the Arsenale from April 20 to November 24, 2024. This edition, which follows the principles of environmental sustainability initiated in 2021, aims to achieve carbon neutrality certification – a recognition already obtained in 2023 for all the activities programmed by the Biennale, including the International Exhibition of Cinematographic Art, the Theater, Music and Dance Festivals, and especially the International Architecture Exhibition. The pre-opening of the Biennale will take place on April 17, 18 and 19the same days as Design Week, followed by the awards ceremony and inauguration on April 20, 2024. This commitment to sustainability integrates with the theme decolonization and decarbonization, which is also reflected in the artworks exhibited during the event from 90 countries with 332 artists. But how will the edition that starts at this time be organized?

The two areas of the Venice Art Biennale 2024

For the first time, the exhibition is divided into two separate parts: the “Contemporary core”, which presents contemporary artists, and the “Historical core“, which showcases works from the 20th century from around the world. This format allows visitors to undertake a comprehensive examination of the limits and definitions of modernism, challenging the Eurocentric narratives that have often dominated art history. artists like Anna Maria Maiolino and Nil Yalter, both recipients of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement, enrich the exhibition with their revolutionary works. Maiolino presents a new large-scale clay work, while Yalter offers a new version of her installation Exile is a difficult task along with her titled mobile home Topak Ev. Additionally, indigenous collectives such as MAHKU from Brazil and MATAAHO from New Zealand bring their unique perspectives to the fore and enrich the dialogue on cultural diversity and representation. A special section curated by Marco Scotini, entitled Archive of disobedienceexplores the intersection between artistic practices and activism. Through films and videos, 39 artists shed light on issues ranging from diaspora to gender disobedience, highlighting the transformative power of art in promoting social change.

The “Historical core” offers a curated journey through 20th century art Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Arab world, which challenges the traditional narratives of European modernism. Works by artists from different regions serve as testimonies of the global exchange of ideas and influences, transcending geographical boundaries. The section includes a space dedicated to portraits, abstractions and a reflection on the diaspora of Italian artists, offering insight into the multifaceted nature of artistic expression. Textile emerges as a recurring motif in the exhibition, demonstrating artists’ interest in craftsmanship, tradition and handmade techniques. From Chile to Morocco, artists explore the cultural significance of textiles and celebrate techniques once considered strange or strange in the art world. Notable textile works include those by Bordadoras de Isla Negra, Bouchra Khalili, Dana Awartani and Frieda Toranzo-Jaeger. Another important theme is the transmission of knowledge and practices within families, especially among indigenous artists. Artists such as Andrés Curruchich and Fred Graham, together with their descendants, represent the intergenerational continuity of artistic expression and cultural heritage.

Countries involved in the Venice Art Biennale 2024

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The exhibition will be enriched by a total of 88 national participations in the pavilions at the Giardini, the Arsenale and the historic heart of Venice. This year, four new additions announced for the Biennale Arte stage: the Republic of Benin, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and the United Republic of Tanzania. Additionally, Nicaragua, the Republic of Panama and Senegal debut with its own pavilion. The Italian Pavilion, located in the Tese delle Vergini at the Arsenale and supported by the Directorate General for Contemporary Creativity of the Ministry of Culture, is curated by Luca Cerizza. It contains the suggestive project Because of qui / To hear by artist Massimo Bartolini, accompanied by special contributions from musicians and writers. That will be the case the Pavilion of the Holy See, which moves this year to the women’s prison in Venice on the Giudecca with the exhibition ‘Con i miei occhi’, curated by Chiara Parisi and Bruno Racine. Finally, the Municipality of Venice contributes with the Venice Pavilion, located in the Gardens of Sant’Elena, adding further colors and nuances to this rich artistic mosaic.

Additional events and special exhibitions

In addition to the already enormous Biennale, a vibrant framework of side events will enrich the city’s cultural landscape. Among the special projects realized by the Venice Biennale, the exhibition of works by Italian artists stands out Nedda Guidi in the evocative setting of the Austrian Kruitmagazine, in the Forte Marghera of Mestre, where ten selected works will be exhibited that testify to Guidi’s creative genius in the field of ceramic sculpture. The Pavilion of Applied Arts of the Arsenale, always curated by Adriano Pedrosa in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, showcases the work of the Brazilian artist. Beatriz Milhazes is celebrated with seven paintings and as many collages that blend Brazilian cultural images and Western modernist painting. There will also be the Biennale College Arte, which will promote emerging talent by presenting the projects of the finalists of the 2nd edition: Agnes Questionmark, Joyce Joumaa, Sandra Poulson and Nazira Karimi, among more than 150 young artists from all over world. will receive financial support for the realization of their works that will be exhibited at the 60th International Exhibition. Finally, the awards ceremony of the Venice Art Biennale 2024 will be enriched by the commission of the prestigious Golden Lions for career achievements to Anna Maria Maiolino, a Brazilian artist of Italian descent, and to Nil Yalter, a Turkish artist living in Paris. A well-deserved recognition for their extraordinary contribution to the contemporary artistic panorama, confirmed by their lasting influence in the art world.

The Biennial Catalogue

An essential resource for exploring in depth the wide range of works on display, the Venice Biennale 2024 catalog is composed of two parts, curated by the Estudio Campo team from São Paulo, Brazil. Part I of the catalogue, dedicated to the international exhibition, curated by Adriano Pedrosa, includes opening articles by President Pietrangelo Buttafuoco and President Roberto Cicutto, followed by an in-depth interview with the curator himself conducted by Julieta Gonzàles. It also includes critical essays and exclusive interviews with Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement recipients Anna Maria Maiolino and Nil Yalter. Each artist on display is presented with a detailed critical text and a rich iconographic apparatus, divided over the two main parts of the exhibition: the Historical Core and the Contemporary Core. Part II focuses on the National participations and side events, which provides a comprehensive overview of the works exhibited in the various national pavilions and locations throughout the city of Venice and in Forte Marghera in Mestre. Finally, the exhibition guide, included in the volumes, is designed to guide visitors along the exhibition route and provide practical information and insights on each stage of the Venice Art Biennale 2024.