The 57th International Art Exhibition entitled VIVA ARTE VIVA, curated by Christine Macel and organized by la Venice Biennale, chaired by Paolo Baratta, will be open to the public from Saturday 13 May to Sunday 26 November 2017, in the Gardens and at the Arsenal.

The Exhibition will be accompanied by the presence of 87 National Participants housed in the historical Pavilions in the Gardens and at the Arsenal, as well as in Venice’s historic centre. There are 4 countries participating for the first time, namely: Antigua and Barbuda, Kiribati, Nigeria, and Kazakhstan (the latter for the first time on its own).
This year the curatorship of the Italian Pavilion, housed in the Tese delle Vergini at the Arsenal, supported and promoted by the Ministry of Heritage, Cultural Activities and Tourism, Directorate General for Contemporary Art and Architecture and Urban Suburbs, will be entrusted to Cecilia Alemani.
The event offers an exhibition path that develops around nine chapters or families of artists, with the two first universes in the Central Pavilion, located in the Garden, and seven other universes distributed from the Arsenal to the Virgins’ Garden. The participating artists, from 51 different countries, are 120, 103 of whom are present for the first time in the curator’s International Exhibition. “The Biennale must assert itself as a place whose method, and almost raison d’âtre, lies in the free dialogue among artists and at the same time between the latter and the public”. With these words the president of the Biennale, Paolo Baratta, presents the 2017 edition of the Art Biennale, explaining that “with the present edition, a further development has been introduced; it is as if what must always be the main method of our work, i.e. encounter and dialogue, was now becoming the very theme of the Exhibition”.

“It is an Exhibition inspired by humanism, Christine Macel says. A kind of humanism, however, which is not focused on an artistic ideal to be pursued, and least of all characterized by the celebration of man as a being able to dominate what surrounds him; if anything, a humanism that celebrates man’s ability, through art, not to be dominated by the forces that govern what happens in the world, forces that, if left alone, may strongly affect – in a reductive sense – the human dimension”.
VIVA ARTE VIVA is therefore an exclamation, an expression of the passion for the artist’s art and figure.

VIVA ARTE VIVA is a Biennale with the artists, of the artists and for the artists. Each of the nine chapters or artists’ family on display in the Exhibition “represents in itself a Pavilion or a Trans-pavilion, in a transnational sense, that resumes the historical subdivision of the Biennale into pavilions, whose number has never stopped growing since the late 90s.
From the “Pavilion of Artists and Books” to the “Pavilion of Time and Infinite”, these nine episodes present a story, often discursive and sometimes even paradoxical, with some detours to reflect on the world’s complexity, multiplicity of positions and variety of practices.

Exhibition venues
Giardini and Arsenale

May 10th – 11th – 12th 2017

Official Opening and Award Ceremony
May 13th 2017

Opening days from May 13th to November 26th 2017
Giardini and Arsenale closed on Mondays (except May 15th, August 14th, September 4th, October 30th, and November 20th 2017)

Opening hours
Giardini from 10 am to 6 pm
Arsenale from 10 am to 6 pm (from 10 am to 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays from May 13th until September 30th)

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Distance between venues: 15’ on foot

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