VENICE, ITALY - 11 MAY 2017: A visitor is seen here in front of Sheila Hicks' installation "Escalade Beyon Chromatic Lands" at the Arsenale during the 57th International Art Exhibition in Venice, Italy, on May 11th 2017.
The 57th International Art Exhibition, titled VIVA ARTE VIVA and curated by Christine Macel, is organized by La Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta. "Viva Arte Viva is an exclamation, a passionate outcry for art and the state of the artist. Viva Arte Viva is a Biennale designed with artists, by artists and for artists, about the forms they propose, the questions they ask, the practices they develop and the ways of life they choose", Christine Macel says.
Rather than broaching a single theme, Viva Arte Viva offers a route that moulds the artists’ works and a context that favours access and understanding, generating connections, resonances and thoughts. VIVA ARTE VIVA will unfold over the course of nine chapters or families of artists, beginning with two introductory realms in the Central Pavilion, followed by another seven across the Arsenale through the Giardino delle Vergini. 120 are the invited artists from 51 countries; 103 of these are participating for the first time.
The Exhibition will also include 85 National Participations in the historic Pavilions at the Giardini, at the Arsenale and in the historic city centre of Venice. 3 countries will be participating for the first time: Antigua and Barbuda, Kiribati, Nigeria.