54th Venice Biennale 2011

Nicholas Hlobo, Iimpundulu Zonke Ziyandilandela, 2011. Sculpture, rubber, ribbon, mixed media.
Nicholas Hlobo, Iimpundulu Zonke Ziyandilandela, 2011. Sculpture, rubber, ribbon, mixed media.

54th Venice Biennale 2011: ILLUMInations

4th June > 27th November 2011

The 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale was directed in 2011 by Bice Curiger.

Bice Curiger is an art historian, critic and curator of international exhibitions. Her curatorial activity at Kunsthaus Zurich parallels her important work in the publishing sector. In 1984, she cofounded the prestigious art magazine “Parkett”, of which she is editor-in-chief. She has been publishing director of London Tate Gallery’s magazine “Tate etc” since 2004.

Curator’s statement:

“What is a Biennale? What kind of audience can be counted on? What is the role of the curator? By adopting the title ILLUMInations the 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale also aspires literally to shed light on the institu­tion itself, drawing attention to dormant and unrecognized opportunities, as well as to conven­tions that need to be challenged. ILLUMInations points to light, a classical theme in art that closely relates to Venice. Equally, by accentuating its spurious suffix “nations”, its semantic scope is not only broadened to embrace the real world and socio-political dimensions, but it also highlights the distinctive character of the Venice Biennale with its national pavilions. Far removed from culturally conservative constructs of “nation”, art offers the poten­tial to explore new forms of “community” and negotiate differences and affinities that might serve as models for the future. […]

Read the full text on the Venice Biennale website.

Click on the images to view the photo gallery. All images: eye.on.art.

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