Italian curator elected for the first time at the Venice Biennale

It’s been written and drawn for years, but as the name suggests, a quick note on the Venice Biennale art exhibitions: Having been held for over a hundred years, the Venice Biennales are among the most prestigious art fairs in the world. It was founded in 1895. Short breaks were taken during the world wars and the pandemic and this year the 59th water takes place. It is visited by hundreds of thousands of people. A curator from around the world is selected for each Biennial. This year, Cecilia Alemani was the first Italian curator to be selected. Alemani also identified this year’s conceptual framework as “The Milk of Dreams”. This is the title of the story by Leonora Carrington (1917-2011), a surrealist artist and children’s book author. This book describes the continuous imagination and imagination of life through the prism of imagination. It’s a world where everyone, everything, can change and transform, be something different or a completely different person. In the exhibitions you have already visited, you will often witness this surrealist approach.

Brick House, a 2019 bronze sculpture by Simone Leigh.

The Venice Biennale has two main venues, the Giardini and the Arsenale. The works of artists from all over the world selected by the curator are exhibited in the main buildings of the Giardini and the Arsenale. To be a Biennale artist and to be chosen by the curators is a privilege. There are also pavilions of the countries in Giardini and Arsenale. Country pavilions in Giardini come early and take up space, like USA, England, Japan, Germany, France, Belgium, Korea. The Turkish Pavilion, on the other hand, is located in a large space called the Salle d’Arme in the Arsenale, which has been rented for 20 years under the direction of İKSV with the contributions of 21 supporters. There are also country pavilions in different parts of the city. The artists of the country pavilions are chosen by the selection committee of the respective country. Our artist this year was Füsun Onur. The Biennale opened to the public on April 23 this year and will remain open until November 27, 2022. A total of 213 artists from 58 countries will take part, and 1433 works will be exhibited. On April 23 of this year, the day on which each Biennial opens to the public, the winner of the two country pavilions and the artists selected by the curator win the Golden Lion. They also award honorable mentions to promising artists. This year’s country’s Golden Lion went to the United Kingdom, where the work of Black artist Sonia Boyce and the Artist’s Golden Lion went to Black artist Simone Leigh of the American Pavilion. Countries acknowledge themselves through the Biennale. I saw Ukrainian flags flying on both the Giardini and the Arsenale. The doors of the Russian pavilion were locked. But I also noticed a tiny Ukrainian flag someone had pinned to the door.


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