The 56th International Art Exhibition entitled All the World’s Futures, curated by Okwui Enwezor and organized by la Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta, will be open to the public from Saturday, May 9th to Sunday, November 22nd, 2015 at the Giardini della Biennale and at the Arsenale. The preview will be held on May 6th, 7th and 8th. The awards ceremony and the inauguration will take place on Saturday May 9th, 2015.
90 National Participations will be exhibiting in the historical Pavilions at the Giardini, at the Arsenale and in the city of Venice. The countries participating for the first time in the Exhibition are Grenada, Mauritius, Mongolia, Republic of Mozambique and Republic of Seychelles. Other countries are participating this year after years of absence: Ecuador (1966, then with the IILA), the Philippines (1964), and Guatemala (1954, then with the IILA).
The Holy See will again be participating with an exhibition to be held at the Sale d’Armi, in the spaces that the Biennale has renovated for new permanent pavilions.
The Italian Pavilion at the Arsenale, organized by the Italian Ministry for the Cultural Heritage and Activities, with PaBAAC General Direction for the Landscape, Fine Arts, Architecture and Contemporary Art, will be curated by Vincenzo Trione.
44 Collateral Events, approved by the curator of the International Exhibition and promoted by non profit national and international institutions, will present their exhibitions and initiatives in various locations within the city of Venice.
The International Exhibition
The 56th International Art Exhibition will form a unitary itinerary that starts at the Central Pavilion (Giardini) and continues at the Arsenale, with over 136 artists from 53 countries, of whom 89 will be showing here for the first time.
“This is our 56th edition. The Biennale is now 120 years old, and year after year it moves forward and builds on its own history, which is formed of many memories but, in particular, a long succession of different perspectives from which to observe the phenomenon of contemporary artistic creation.”
Paolo Baratta introduces this year’s edition with these words, recalling that “Bice Curiger brought us the theme of perception, of ILLUMInation or light as an autonomous and revitalizing element, and Massimiliano Gioni was interested in observing the phenomenon of artistic creation from within, and turned his attention to the inner impulses that drive mankind and the artist to create images and bring representations to life.”