La Biennale di Venezia: Viva Arte Viva

BY Tanika D'Souza / Oct 10 2016 / 16:09 PM

Christine Macel and Paolo Baratta announce dates, themes and aspirations for the 57th International Art Exhibition taking place next year

La Biennale di Venezia: Viva Arte Viva
Paolo Baratta and Christine Macel. Photography by Jacopo Salvi. Courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia

Curated by Christine Macel and in collaboration with 57 countries, The 57th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, will take place from May 13th to November 26th 2017 in venues in and around Venice. Entitled Viva Arte Viva, Macel explains the project pays homage to the brilliance of art “in a world full of conflict and jolt, in which humanism is being seriously jeopardized.” Naming art as “the most precious part of the human being,” Macel adds that the exhibition provides a platform for reflection, expression and freedom through a framework of contemporary, artistic debate.

With the aim of providing artistic discourse that emancipates audiences from the mundane nuances of daily life, the 57th Biennale is an expression of creative passion through the various perceptions of an artist. Dealing with the different forms they propose, the questions they pose and the practices they develop, the exhibition is truly designed for the artist and by the artist.

Evolving in a sequence of pavilions, rooms and stanze whilst audiences will be allowed to bask in the beauty of experiences that transport them from interiority to infinity.  Moving through each pavilion, spectators are given the opportunity to study the work of a trans – generational group of artists and their origins. Each pavilion acting as different chapters in a book open a different door to a dozen universes telling conversational and sometimes paradoxical stories concerning the complexity of the world we live in. In addition to providing a space for spectators to introspect on their surrounding, the exhibition also aims represent representing a movement of extroversion, towards the most indefinable dimensions and in doing so, opening up pathways to a utopia of neo-humanism.

Paolo Baratta, president of the Biennale, suggests this juxtaposition of us against the other is one of particular importance as it allows audiences to both “invent their own universe” as well as “inject vitality into the world they live in” – a notion he believes is fulfilled not only through the works in an exhibition but also how they are curated.

An exhibition committed to providing intelligent, artistic discourse, the 57th International Art Exhibition, Viva Arte Viva is much more than just a story about ourselves, but also a commentary on a world we are yet to become fully acquainted with. 

For further information on Viva Arte Viva at La Biennale di Venezia click here.