Venice Art Biennale 2015 – All the World’s Futures – Index
The main entrance of the Venice Arsenale, Photo © Inexhibit, 2015.
Venice Biennale | 56th International Art Exhibition “All the World’s Futures”
The 56th Venice Biennale of Art is open to the public from May 9 to November 22, 2015.
Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the first Biennale, held in 1895, this year’s edition, entitled All the World’s Futures, is directed by Okwui Enwezor and organized by La Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta.
Born in Nigeria in 1963, Enwezor is the current director of the Haus Der Kunst in Munich, along with being a world-renowned art curator, writer and teacher.
The Central Pavilion at Giardini, Photo © Inexhibit, 2015
As usual, the Biennale takes place in its two historical sites, the “Giardini” and the “Arsenale”, but also runs in several other venues across all Venice, which accommodate national pavilions, collateral events and special exhibitions. As a whole, All the world’s futures is therefore a coherent itinerary extending from the Giardini’s Central Pavilion to the Arsenale, and across 53 national pavilions.
Okwui Enwezor, curator of the 56th International Art Exhibition, underlines the traditional role of the Venice Biennale as an event focused on socioeconomic changes and historical breakdowns in art, culture, politics and economy. A role the Biennale is having since its first edition in 1895, when it pinpointed the new mass movement scenario arisen after the second industrial revolution.
The Central Pavilion – Hans Haacke, Blue Sail 1964-1965. Photo © Inexhibit, 2015.
Thus, Enwezor felt that this edition of the Biennale should be marked by an urgency: trying to identify and summarize today’s “state of things” both in art and society.
Since the contemporary panorama is extremely articulated and contradictory, Enwezor refused to focus on a single theme, while he proposed instead a multifarious exhibition, composed of multiple contributes which cover a wide period, include several specially commissioned works, and cover a multitude of media, languages and means of expression.
The Arsenale – Kutluğ Ataman, The portrait of Sakip Sabanci, 2014. Photo © Inexhibit, 2015
Therefore, along with the exhibitions at the Arsenale and the Giardini, the core venue of the 56th Biennale is a multipurpose venue in the Giardini Central Pavilion, called The Arena, where lectures, performances, concerts and theatrical plays will be staged throughout the entire duration of the Biennale.
The program of events staged at the Arena has been conceived to provide different and multiform visions on what modern society was, is, and (potentially) will be; the complete reading of the Das Kapital by Karl Marx will be the “backbone” of all the events on program here.
The Arena at the Central Pavilion. Photo © Inexhibit, 2015