55. Biennale of Venice

Arsenale Musicisti

15 July 2013 - redazione





Since 1998 the Venice Biennale has held an international exhibition with a single curator alongside the exhibitions of the national pavilions.




AURITI Palazzo Enciclopedico 55 biennale Venezia

Palazzo Enciclopedico


Massimiliano Gioni is the director of the 55th Exhibition of International Art, which aims to bring to the fore the work of contemporary artists from all over the world and reflect on the exact nature of the artist’s world.




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Palazzo enciclopedico


Damian Ortega

Damian Ortega

“The Biennale looks at the dreams and visions of contemporary artists and reflects on their creative urges while pushing the question even further: what is the artists’ world? and how do their images live in our minds” states Gioni in an interview. “The Encyclopaedic Palace is an exhibition about our desire to understand everything.”
The Whole exhibition draws inspiration from the model of a utopian dream of the self-taught Italo- American artist, Marino Auriti, who filed a design with the U.S. Patent office in 1955, depicting his Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace): an imaginary museum which would house all wordly knowledge and the great discoveries of humanity ranging from the wheel to the satellite. “Today, as we grapple with a constant flood of information, such attempts seem even more necessary and even more desperate.”


Phyllida Barlow - 55 Biennale Venezia AVRVM Magazine

Phyllida Barlow

The exhibition is laid out in the ample spaces of the Giardini and the Arsenale following the structure of sixteenth century wunderkammern- chambers of curiosities- starting out from natural forms and arriving at the artificial. It brings together video, film, images, drawings, photos, sculptures and even writing. What emerges is an elaborate but fragile construction, a mental architecture that is as fantastical as it is delirious, stimulating the imagination of the observer.


The exhibition opens in the central pavilion with the presentation of Carl Gustav Jung’s Liber Novus or Red Book, an exercise using the active imagination, a practice which Jung considered a tool for discovering and analysing the unconscious.



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Liber Novus Carl Gustav Jung


The exhibition celebrates the book as a tool for exploration of the self and of knowledge, starting out from Jung’s Red Book, and considering other works such as Scrapbooks by the Japanese artist Shinro Ohtake and Juego de cartas de panlengua by the Argentinian Xul Solar.



Danielle Hesidence

Danielle Hesidence



Helen Marten

Helen Marten

The exhibition will be open to the public from 1 June until 24 November 2013 and will display work by 150 artists coming from 38 nations. A total of 88 countries will be taking part in the Biennale, ten are
participating for the first time including Angola, winner of the Golden Lion for the Best National Participation, and the Holy See with a re-elaboration of themes taken from the first 11 chapters of Genesis.  Divided into three sections visitors can admire the Creation by Studio Azzuro, the De-creation by the Czech  photographer, Josef Koudelka, and Recreation on the theme of new humanity expressed  in the art of Lawrence Carroll.







wim botha

wim botha


At the awards ceremony of the 55th edition, the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement was awarded to Maria Lassnig whose self portraits transformed painting into a tool of self analysis. Another Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement was awarded to the Italian, Marisa Merz, whose work is inspired by Arte Povera and reflects on domestic space and the female dimension.




Marisa Merz 55 biennale Venezia 2013 Italy

Marisa Merz



The International Jury awarded the Golden Lion for the Best Artists of the Encyclopaedic Palace exhibition to the British-born artist Tino Sehgal. His “constructed situations”, performance pieces, only reside in the time and space they occupy and in the memory of the work and its reception with spectators. Information about these “situations” is spread exclusively by word of mouth by spectators who interact with this sublime form of art. The title of the work the artist presented at the 2013 Biennale is Come This Progress. Three interpreters/actors of different ages sit while chanting and moving. This offers the audience analogies and differences from the point of view of the interpreters and blurs the lines between artistic disciplines.




Carroll Padiglione Santa Sede 55 biennale Venezia Italy

Carroll Padiglione


The Silver Lion was awarded to Camille Henrot, a brilliant young French artist. Her video filmed over a period of study at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington investigates human knowledge from an
anthropological perspective.




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Camille Henrot



The Golden Lion for the Best National Participation was awarded to Anglola. Edson Chagas’ Found not Taken consists of posters of abandoned objects in an urban context, offering a new way of reflecting on these objects and the spaces around them.






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