The Venice Biennale of Contemporary Art opened at the end of April and runs until November 27, an opportunity to rediscover the best of Contemporary Art, after two years of pandemic.
The most awaited contemporary art event in the world returns to Venice after an absence of two years. It offers no less than 200 creators, from 58 countries and presenting 1,433 works.
This 59th Biennial of Contemporary Art is embodied by a strong female presence, indeed, 80% of the artists are women, between high-profile stars and more confidential artists. The general curator of this biennial, Cecilia Alemani, has chosen to give pride of place to collectives and minorities. The theme of this new edition is entitled “The Milk of Dreams“, inspired by the homonymous book, a collection of children’s stories, by the surrealist artist Leonora Carrington (1917-2011), who is very present in the exhibition “Surrealism and Magic” at the Guggenheim Foundation.
This surreal atmosphere can be found throughout the Biennale, starting with the beautiful historical room in the center of the general pavilion where all the great figures of the movement are exhibited, from Rosa Rosà and her feminist contributions in “L’Italia futurista” to Claude Cahun and Gertrud Arndt and their photographic self-portraits.
Among the confirmed female artists present in Venice this year is the Portuguese Paula Rego, who is given an entire room in the general pavilion of the Giardini. Further on, we come across a monumental elephant by Katharina Fritsch as well as the ceramic figures of Simone Fattal or the painted figures of Cecilia Vicuna.
African-American artist Simone Leigh monumentally opens the Arsenal with “Brick house“, a gigantic sculpture on New York’s High Line, which relates African women, slavery and cultural identity.
With powerful images, Polish artist Joanna Piotrowska speaks of domestic violence and the search for refuge, while the works of Kerstin Brätsch evoke the alchemical process dear to Surrealism, with ceramics transformed into marble. Towards the end of the exhibition, the visitor is immersed in the post-apocalyptic, humanity-deprived world of artist Sandra Mujinga.
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The French pavilion is occupied by the artist Zineb Sedira. “Dreams have no title” consists of an immersive installation, in which she recounts her personal memories to evoke the time after colonization, through videos, films and installations in an atmosphere of 1960s cinema.
Also worth seeing is the Louis-Vuitton Area, on the second floor, where the German artist Katherina Grosse has created a mysterious atmosphere. By transforming her paintings into sculptures, her canvases become an immersive object that is displayed from floor to ceiling in colorful drapes.
Front page photo: © La Biennale di Venezia
Passionnée depuis son plus jeune âge par l’art et la mode, Hélène s’oriente vers une école de stylisme, l’Atelier Chardon-Savard à Paris, avec une option Communication. Afin d’ajouter des cordes à son arc, elle décide de compléter sa formation par un MBA en Management du Luxe et Marketing Expérientiel à l’Institut Supérieur de Gestion à Paris dont elle sort diplômée en 2020. Elle a notamment écrit des articles lifestyle et beauté pour le magazine Do it in Paris et se spécialise en rédaction d’articles concernant le luxe, l’art et la mode au sein du magazine Luxus Plus.********** [EN] Passionate about art and fashion from a young age, Hélène went to a fashion design school, Atelier Chardon-Savard in Paris, with a Communication option. In order to add more strings to her bow, she decided to complete her education with an MBA in Luxury Management and Experiential Marketing at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion in Paris from which she graduated in 2020. She has written lifestyle and beauty articles for Do it in Paris magazine and specializes in writing articles about luxury, art and fashion for Luxus Plus magazine.