ADACH – ABU DHABI AUTHORITY FOR CULTURE AND HERITAGE
The ADACH Platform for Visual Arts in Venice has been designed as a meeting point for discourse and artistic production, and as a survey of the conditions in which contemporary visual art is emerging in Abu Dhabi / UAE today. The ADACH Platform for Visual Arts in Venice is a project created under the artistic direction of Catherine David and is an official collateral event of the 53rd Venice Biennale.
AXEL VERVOORDT – IN-FINITUM
In-finitum, an exhibition organized by the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia and the Vervoordt Foundation, is presented at the Palazzo Fortuny in Venice until 15 November, 2009. With In-finitum, the trilogy which started with Artempo: Where Time Becomes Art (Venice, 2007) and continued with Academia: Qui es-tu? (Paris, 2008) comes full circle. Once again set in the magnificent surroundings of the Palazzo Fortuny, In-finitum will guide the visitor from the soul of the unfinished to the border of the infinite, a spiritual journey along works of art abundant with energy.
THREEFOLD PRESENCE OF THE STELLA ART FOUNDATION
The Collateral Exhibition ‘That Obscure Object of Art’ presents highlights of the Stella Art Foundation collection at Ca’Rezzonico. Furthermore, Stella Art Foundation artists Elena Elagina & Igor Makarevich, Anna Parkina, Pavel Pepperstein, and Anya Zholud are featured in the official selection of the 53rd International Art Exhibition in Venice, with the participation of the Moscow Poetry Club.
The Chinese Pavilion presents, What Is To Come ((Jian Wei Zhi Zhu 见微知著), the third Chinese participation in the Venice Biennale, curated by Lu Hao, Zhao Li. The exhibition presents new works specially commissioned for the show from seven intentionally renowned Chinese artists: Fang Lijun, He Jinwei, He Sen, Liu Ding, Qiu Zhijie, Zeng Fanzhi and Zeng Hao. What Is To Come, seeks to strengthen new forces burgeoning on the contemporary Chinese art scene, and to retain its international scope and vision without deviating from the latest trends emerging in the Chinese art world.
The Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Ukraine and the PinchukArtCentre are pleased to present a new collaborative work from Illya Chichkan (Ukraine) and Mihara Yasuhiro (Japan), who are this yearrepresenting Ukraine at the 53rd Venice Biennale. Entitled, Steppes of Dreamers, the exhibition has been commissioned by Peter Doroshenko, PinchukArtCentre’s artistic director. Working together in the uncharted boundary where art and fashion meet, the collaborative work examines the past, present and future of the Eurasian landscape through various cinema metaphors – inspired by the great Ukrainian film director, Kira Muratova. Their four large-scale art installations, inside and outside of the Palazzo Papadopali, are ambitious projects for the Biennale. Both Illya Chichkan and Mihara Yasuhiro demonstrate a single, unique vision regarding travel, identity and consciousness.
10th LYON BIENNALE
The Lyon Biennale is an authorial biennale rooted in a museum project by Lyon’s Museum of Contemporary Art, directed by Thierry Raspail since its inception in 1984. Its nine previous editions have formed three successive trilogies devoted to History, Globalisation, and Temporality. They have been curated by an international array of art historians, critics and professional curators including Harald Szeemann, Jean-Hubert Martin, Le Consortium (with Robert Nickas and Anne Pontégnie), Stéphanie Moisdon and Hans Ulrich Obrist. For the 2009 edition, Hou Hanru has been selected as curator and his biennale will run with ‘The Spectacle of the Everyday’ as its theme.
MAJA HOFFMANN – THE LUMA FOUNDATION
A non-profit foundation based in Switzerland, the LUMA Foundation supports independent artists and pioneers who conceive and execute projects in the spheres of art and image production, publishing and multimedia. The foundation also focuses on projects combining the environment, education and culture in its broadest and most innovative sense, thus instituting fruitful dialogues between areas which do not always blend easily.