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la Biennale di Venezia
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Maps of the exhibition venues

Catalonia at Venice
Eight unemployed individuals are chosen, to represent the widest social spectrum (a Senegalese without papers, a young and highly qualified woman architect, a woman scientific researcher, and a blue collar in his fifties..) all of them to be photographed by Francesc Torres during a period of cohabitation with the artist who will document their daily lives. In addition to the visual documents on their everyday life, Torres makes an official portrait of each of them. After this first phase where the routine activities and the economic situations of all characters has been documented, the filmmaker Mercedes Álvarez makes shootings where every character expresses his/her opinions on the role of art in their lives. So, the eight unemployed people become active subjects of the exhibition.
Cantieri Navali, Castello 40 (San Pietro di Castello)
June 1st – November 24th
10 am – 6 pm, closed on Mondays (except June 3rd and Nov. 18th)
Organization: Institut Ramon Llull
Pedro Cabrita Reis, one of the leading Portuguese artists of his generation, shows an in-situ intervention titled A Remote Whisper which covers the entire 700 sqm exhibition area of Palazzo Falier’s ‘piano nobile’. A remote whisper flows through the rooms, embracing the walls, doorways and floors with aluminium tubes, fluorescent lights and cables like drawings in space. It is a semi-precarious, rough, yet almost architectural construction which integrates fragments of works from his studio once abandoned by him, documentary material, photos as well as drawings and paintings next to flotsam and jetsam found in the city.
Palazzo Falier, San Marco 2906
May 30th – November 24th
10 am – 6pm, closed on Mondays
Organization: Direção-Geral das Artes
About Turn: Newfoundland in Venice, Will Gill & Peter Wilkins
About Turn: Newfoundland in Venice, Will Gill & Peter Wilkins presents new bodies of work by Will Gill and Peter Wilkins, contemporary artists based in Newfoundland, Canada. The exhibition is spurred by complementary explorations of mundane narratives. The work, which spans video, photography, and painting, deftly plays within the boundaries of abstraction and narrative; the recognizable and the intangible. Gill’s works blend a feigned naïveté with formal control, lifted from family life and fleeting dreams. Wilkins’ images bridge the art historical and contemporary, employing subtle, distilled abstractions of duration and form.
Galleria Ca’ Rezzonico, Dorsoduro 2793
May 29th – November 24th
10 am – 5:30 pm, closed on Sundays
Organization: Terra Nova Art Foundation
Ai Weiwei – Disposition
The artist's only major new solo show in 2013, it will be presented across two locations: the Zitelle complex, home of Zuecca Project Space, and the church of Sant'Antonin. Ai Weiwei will present Straight, the first project developed using the long steel reinforcing bars recuperated from the schools which collapsed during the Sichuan earthquake in 2008. This work, first presented at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington D.C., is here installed in a larger scale at Zuecca Project Space. Ai Weiwei is known internationally for his work reflecting present-day China and his concern with human rights and freedom of expression. His second work, entitled S.A.C.R.E.D., is a new site-specific presentation for the Venice Biennale at the Church of Sant'Antonin, offering an immediate sense of the drama of an event which underlines the contradictory development of contemporary China.
Zuecca Project Space/Complesso delle Zitelle, Giudecca 32 (Fondamenta delle Zitelle)
Chiesa di Sant’Antonin, Castello (Salizada Sant’Antonin)
May 29th – September 15th
10 am – 6 pm, daily
Organization: Zuecca Project Space
Art and Knowledge - The spirit of the place in the 5 Platonic Solids
In the Monumental Room of the prestigious Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (San Marco Square) Lore Bert exhibits 5 mirror sculptures into a paper environment along with 11 large format works, in an exhibition entitled Art and Knowledge – The spirit of the place in the 5 Platonic Solids. The 5 Platonic Solids represent 5 elements: earth, water, fire, air and universe. Lore Bert has studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin. She has organized over 200 exhibitions and 125 environments in more than 26 Countries around the world, including 40 personal exhibitions in museums. Several publications, among them 38 monographs document her work which is exhibited in several international collections.
Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Piazzetta San Marco 7
May 29th – November 24th
from May 29th to Nov. 1st, 10 am - 7 pm; from Nov. 2nd to 24th, 10 am - 5 pm
Organization: van der Koelen Foundation for Arts and Science
Back to Back to Biennale - Free Expression
Contemporary art, from the post-war period to date, has theorized and explained the many and different manners of self expression. Writers are a phenomenal, artistic movement which has arisen from the ashes of the highly urbanized societies, where peripheries are considered ghettoes and where being a citizen means seeing the city as a great palette through which to interpret one’s notion of reality. The Back to Back to Biennale project is a cultural event, which from a certain collective and generation-wise point of view is characterized by performances that the artists deliver, with no filter whatsoever from a Curator or a thematic point of view, there is freedom of expression, as the subtitle claims. 
Campo Sant’Agnese, Dorsoduro, open 24-hrs
Ca’ Bonvicini, Santa Croce 2161
10 am - 7 pm, closed on Mondays
June 1st – November 24th
Organization: Associazione Eventi d’arte e d’architettura

Bart Dorsa. Katya
Bart Dorsa. Katya is an exhibition of collodion and silver glass photographic plates and bronze sculpture presented in a specifically organized dark space. The project delivers an intimate story of a Russian girl discovered in Moscow by the American artist. Katya’s journey from strict Orthodox monastic life, where she spent 10 years from the age of 3 to 13, to the Moscow underground is chronicled on her skin, face and body. Her form has been imprinted on glass and in bronze sculpture to describe Katya’s journey and the archetype of mythic crossroads, which is a primary theme of Dorsa’s work.
Dorsoduro 417 (Fondamenta delle Zattere)
May 29th – November 24th
10 am – 6 pm, daily
Organization: Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA)
Bedwyr Williams: The Starry Messenger
If a poet looks through a microscope or a telescope, he always sees the same thing (Gaston Bachelard). The Starry Messenger by Bedwyr Williams takes its name from a study published by Galileo Galilei about his discoveries through a telescope. In a series of rooms and passageways at Santa Maria Ausiliatrice (Ludoteca) this new work ponders the exploration of space both infinite and minute. An amateur astronomer’s night vigil or a worshipper’s quest into the polished galaxies of the terrazzo floor below his shoes.
Santa Maria Ausiliatrice (Ludoteca), Castello 450 (Fondamenta San Gioacchin)
June 1st – November 24th
10 am – 6 pm, closed on Mondays (except June 3rd and Nov. 18th)
Organization: Cymru yn Fenis / Wales in Venice
Shirazeh Houshiary presents Breath, a four channel video which was first conceived in 2003, in a remastered version and as part of a new and unique, site-specific installation. In Breath (2013), the evocative chants of Buddhist, Christian, Jewish and Islamic prayers emanate from four video screens. The sound is choreographed with images that capture the expanding and contracting breath of the vocalists. The installation is a rectangular enclosure clad in black felt, and is entered through a narrow passage leading to a dimly lit white interior. There are four screens hung at eye level, from which the chants of the different traditions rise and fall, swell and dissipate in a haunting chorus that fills the room and permeates beyond each of its walls. Where inside there is unity, outside is multiplicity.
Torre di Porta Nuova, Arsenale Nord
June 1st – November 24th
11 am – 6 pm, closed on Mondays (except June 3rd and Nov. 18th)
Organization: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation
Culture•Mind•Becoming – an exhibition by a group of outstanding Chinese artists – aims to juxtapose the cultural impact, appropriation, reflection, and reinvention existing in the Chinese culture through the lens of globalization. In a time when artists generally reflect upon individual empiricism as the main body of their artistic practice, the Chinese artists have returned to their cultural heritage after acquiring the knowledge of Western art. Through constant experimentation and evolvement, they bring forward a common ground of unique, creative context. The Chinese artists have been more or less influenced by the Western culture at different points in their lives. Living in a society of diverse culture, they are inspired to redefine and reinvent their common component – the Eastern cultural experience, which manifests itself through artistic presentations.
Palazzo Mora, Strada Nova 3659 (San Felice)
Palazzo Marcello, San Marco 3699 (Rio Terà degli Assassini)
June 1st – November 24th
10 am – 6 pm, closed on Tuesdays
Organization: Global Art Center Foundation
Emergency Pavilion: Rebuilding Utopia
Forty years have gone by. When did the world begin to change? Was it 1973 or 1989? When did “imagination in power” die, was it in ‘68 or 2012? Or was it on 1st January, 2013?
Teatro Fondamenta Nuove, Cannaregio 5013
June 1st – November 10th
2 pm – 6 pm, closed on Mondays
Organization: MAC (Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Santiago de Chile); Fundacion CorpArtes;
The artists selected for the main exhibition, VIVA ARTE VIVA
National Participations
Countries exhibited in their own pavilions at the 57th Intl. Art Exhibition
Collateral Events
Additional exhibitions and initiatives in Venice during the 57th Biennale