The Encyclopedic Palace
The 55th International Art Exhibition will take place in Venice from June, 1st to November, 24th 2013 at the Giardini and at the Arsenale (preview: May 29th, 30th and 31st 2013), as well as in various venues the city.
The Countries participating for the first time are 8: Bahamas, Kingdom of Bahrain, Republic of Kosovo, Kuwait, Maldives, Côte d’Ivoire and Nigeria (with African countries), Paraguay (with IILa).
“The Biennale will again use the “dual” form defined in 1998: a great International Exhibition directed by a curator chosen for this purpose and the National Participations.” In this way Paolo Baratta has introduced the 55th International Art Exhibition, remembering that “the individual national pavilions are a very important feature of the Venice Biennale. It is an old formula and yet one that is more vital than ever. It is precious in times of globalization, because it gives us the primary fabric of reference on which the always new, always varied, autonomous geographies of the artists can be observed and better highlighted. It may be asked to what extent these pavilions also bring with them desires for representation of the country that organises them – although the autonomy left to the curators is broad. Each one has its own history and style. It may certainly be said that in them the countries reveal the role attributed to contemporary art as messenger of their present and their cultural wealth. But the pavilions also provide revelations on more profound realities and riches than those of the usual official and stereotyped images or pretexts.”