See whose work will be on display at “Viva Arte Viva” this summer.
The 57th Venice Biennale released the list of participating artists for its main exhibition today, revealing the 120 artists—compared to last year’s 136—whose work will comprise “Viva Arte Viva,” curated by Christine Macel.
Macel’s vision for “Viva Arte Viva” is that it be made with, by, and for artists, emphasizing the artist’s role in mediating contemporary society.
“In a world full of conflicts and jolts, in which humanism is being seriously jeopardized, art is the most precious part of the human being,” she said in a September statement.
A number of artists are featured who have received major institutional exhibitions or prizes recently, like Kader Attia, winner of the 2016 Prix Marcel Duchamp; Philippe Parreno, who currently has a large-scale commission on view at the Tate Modern; or Anri Sala, who had a major survey at the New Museum in 2016. Also included is artist and politician Edi Rama, who’s been the prime minister of Albania since 2013.
Young artists (born after 1985) get their due in the form of Rachel Rose, who broke into the big leagues in 2015 with her video “Everything and More” at the Whitney in New York, or video artist Agnieszka Polska, who has shown at European institutions and different biennales, but nothing on the scale of Venice.
Julian Charrière, whose collaboration with Julius von Bismarck was featured in the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale; Petrit Halilaj, who represented Kosovo at the 2013 Venice Biennale; and Achraf Touloub, whose work is in the permanent collections of the Centre Pompidou and the Deutsche Bank Collection, also fit the “young” description. But one ambitious duo is surprisingly younger than the rest: Issay Rodriguez and Katherine Nuñez, born in 1991 and 1992, are featured on the list.
Of course, established name like Olafur Eliasson, Frances Stark, and Alicja Kwade are expected. However, the most surprising name on the list is American cult filmmaker John Waters, who rose to fame in the 1970s for his intentionally-offensive films, but has since revealed himself as a multi-capable creative, a gatekeeper of the border between “good” and “bad” taste.
See the full list below:
ADER, Bas Jan
AL SAADI, Abdullah
ÁVILA FORERO, Marcos
CURNIER JARDIN, Pauline
DÍAZ MORALES, Sebastián
GARCÍA URIBURU, Nicolás
KIM, Sung Hwan
MIRALDA Antoni, RABASCALL Joan, SELZ Dorothée, XIFRA Jaume
MONDRIAN FAN CLUB (David Medalla & Adam Nankervis)
NUÑEZ Katherine & RODRIGUEZ, Issay
SHERK, Bonnie Ora
TRAN, Thu Van
VOROBYEVA Yelena & VOROBYEV Viktor
WALTHER, Franz Erhard
WYN EVANS, Cerith