Viva Arte Viva – 57th International Art Exhibition
- 13.05.2017. - 26.11.2017 2017-05-13
Today, faced with a world full of con icts and shocks, art bears witness to the most precious part of what makes us human, at a time when humanism is precisely jeopardized. Art is the ultimate ground for reflection, individual expression, freedom, and for fundamental questions. The role, the voice and the responsibility of the artist are more crucial than ever, within the framework of contemporary debates.
Viva Arte Viva is a Biennale designed with artists, by artists and for artists, about the forms they propose, the questions they ask, the practices they develop and the ways of life they choose. Rather than broaching a single theme, the exhibition offers a route that molds the artists’ works. The journey unfolds over the course of nine chapters, beginning with two introductory realms in the Central Pavilion: the Pavilion of Artists and Books and the Pavilion of Joys and Fears, followed by another seven across the Arsenale through the Giardino delle Vergini: the Pavilion of the Common, the Pavilion of the Earth, the Pavilion of Traditions, the Pavilion of Shamans, the Dionysian Pavilion, the Pavilion of Colors and the Pavilion of Time and In nity.
There is however, no physical separation between the various pavilions which flow together like the chapters of a book. From the Pavilion of Artists and Books to the Pavilion of Time and Infinity, these nine episodes tell a story that is often discursive and at times paradoxical with detours that mirror the world’s complexities, a multiplicity of approaches and a wide variety of practices. The exhibition is intended as an experience, an extrovert movement from the self to the other, towards a common space beyond defined dimensions.