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57th Venice Biennale
13 May - 26 November 2017

Venice Biennale

57th Venice Biennale 2017
57th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia

Christine Macel

Christine Macel


Ca' Giustinian

Ca' Giustinian


Entrance to the Giardini  /  © Photo: Haupt & Binder



Arsenale, Gaggiandre  /  © Photo: Haupt & Binder



Christine Macel
Director of the 57th International Art Exhibition

The Board of La Biennale di Venezia met on Friday 22 January 2016 and, at the suggestion of the President Paolo Baratta, approved the appointment of Christine Macel as Director of the Visual Arts Sector, with specific responsibility for curating the 57th International Art Exhibition to be held in 2017.
Following her studies in art history, Christine Macel was a curator of the heritage and inspector of artistic creation for the "Délégation aux Arts Plastiques" of the French Ministry of Culture (from 1995). Since 2000 she has been Chief Curator at the Musée national d’art moderne – Centre Pompidou in Paris, where she is responsible for the Department of "Création contemporaine et prospective", which she founded and developed. She was the curator of the French Pavilion at the Biennale Arte 2013 (Anri Sala) and the Belgian Pavilion at the Biennale Arte 2007 (Eric Duyckaerts).
On the occasion of her nomination, President Paolo Baratta declared:
"In the wake of the Biennale Arte directed by Okwui Enwezor, centred on the theme of the rifts and divisions that pervade the world, and aware that we are currently living in an age of anxiety, La Biennale has selected Christine Macel as a curator committed to emphasizing the important role artists play in inventing their own universes and injecting generous vitality into the world we live in. Her experience in the Department of "Création contemporaine et prospective" at the Centre Pompidou in Paris has long offered her a vantage point rich in potential from which to observe and identify new energies coming from various parts of the world".
The Board also approved the dates of the 57th International Art Exhibition to be held from May 13th to November 26th, 2017; Press Preview May 10th, 11th and 12th; Opening to the public Saturday, May 13th.

(Press information, 22 January 2016)


Like for all Venice Biennials since 2001, Universes in Universe - Worlds of Art will publish an extensive coverage and Special Features about the 57th International Art Exhibition in 2017.

First Pavilions announced:

Artist: Tracey Moffatt
Commissioner: Naomi Milgrom
Curator: Natalie King
Venue: Pavilion at Giardini

Artists: Brigitte Kowanz, Erwin Wurm
Commissioner, curator: Christa Steinle
Venue: Pavilion at Giardini

Artist: Geoffrey Farmer
Commissioner: National Gallery of Canada
Curator: Kitty Scott
Project director: Josée Drouin-Brisebois
Venue: Pavilion at Giardini

Artist: Kirstine Roepstorff
Commissioner: The Danish Arts Foundation
Venue: Pavilion at Giardini

Artist: Katja Novitskova
Commissioner: Maria Arusoo, Center for Contemporary Arts, Tallinn
Curator: Kati Ilves
Venue: Arsenale

Artists: Erkka Nissinen, Nathaniel Mellors
Curator: Xander Karskens
Venue: Pavilion at Giardini

Artist: Xavier Veilhan
Commissioners: Lionel Bovier, Christian Marclay
Venue: Pavilion at Giardini

Commissioner: ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) on behalf of the Federal Foreign Office
Curator: Susanne Pfeffer
Venue: Pavilion at Giardini

Great Britain
Artist: Phyllida Barlow
Commissioner: Emma Dexter
Venue: Pavilion at Giardini

Hong Kong
Artist: Samson Young
Commissioners: M+ Museum of Visual Culture, Hong Kong Arts Development Council
Venue: Arsenale

Artist: Egill Sæbjörnsson
Commissioner: Icelandic Art Center
Curator: Stefanie Böttcher

Commissioner: Ruya Foundation for Contemporary Culture in Iraq (RUYA)
Curators: Tamara Chalabi, Paolo Colombo
>> More information in Nafas Art Magazine.

Artist: Jesse Jones
Commissioner: Tessa Giblin
Venue: Pavilion at Arsenale - Artiglierie

Artist: Gal Weinstein
Curator: Tami Katz-Freiman
Venue: Pavilion at Giardini

Ministero dei Beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo - Direzione Generale Arte e Architettura Contemporanee e Periferie Urbane.
Curator: Cecilia Alemani
Venue: Padiglione Italia, Tese delle Vergini at Arsenale

Artist: Takahiro Iwasaki
Commissioner: The Japan Foundation
Curator: Meruro Washida
Venue: Pavilion at Giardini

Artists: Cody Choi, Lee Wan
Curator: Daehyung Lee
Venue: Pavilion at Giardini

Artist: Zad Moultaka
Curator: Emmanuel Daydé
Venue: Church Santa Maria della Misericordia, Campo de l'Abazia, Cannaregio
>> More information in Nafas Art Magazine.

Artists-Curators: Raphael Vella, Bettina Hutschek
Commissioner: Arts Council Malta

The Netherlands
Artist: Wendelien van Oldenborgh
Commissioner: Mondriaan Fund
Curator: Lucy Cotter
Venue: Pavilion at Giardini

New Zealand
Artist: Lisa Reihana
Commissioner: Alastair Carruthers, Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa
Curator: Rhana Devenport
Contributor: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Venue: Tesa dell'Isolotto, Arsenale

Nordic Pavilion
Finland, Norway, Sweden
Commissioner: Moderna Museet, Sweden
Curator: Mats Stjernstedt
Venue: Pavilion at Giardini

Artist: Zai Kuning
Commissioner: National Arts Council, Singapore
Curator: June Yap
Venue: Pavilion at Arsenale, Sale d’Armi

Commissioner: Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia
Curator: Philipp Kaiser
Venue: Pavilion at Giardini

Artist: Tehching Hsieh
Commissioner: Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TFAM)
Curator: Adrian Heathfield
Venue: Palazzo delle Prigioni, SanMarco

Artist: Cevdet Erek
[see the many works by the artist presented in UiU and Nafas]
Commissioner: Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts
Venue: Arsenale - Sale d’Armi

Artist: Mark Bradford
Commissioner: Christopher Bedford, Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University
Curators: Christopher Bedford, Katy Seigel
Venue: Pavilion at Giardini



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56th Venice Biennale, 2015
9 May - 22 November 2015. Artistic director: Okwui Enwezor.

55th Venice Biennale, 2013
1 June - 24 November 2013. Artistic director: Massimiliano Gioni.

54th Venice Biennale, 2011
4 June - 27 November 2011. Artistic director: Bice Curiger.


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Venice Biennale 2017
57th International Art Exhibition

13 May - 26 November 2017

Press preview: 10 - 12 May 2017

Artistic Director: Christine Macel
See the biography

Pavilions announced - see below


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