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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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


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
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
Organization: MAC (Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Santiago de Chile); Fundacion CorpArtes;


Future Generation Art Prize @ Venice 2013
The Future Generation Art Prize @ Venice presents the second edition of the first global art prize with 21 artists from almost all continents and 16 different countries. 21 independent artists statements, including the main prize winner, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and special prize winners: Ryanne Tabet, Marwa Arsanios, Jonathas de Andrade, Micol Assaël and Ahmet Ögüt offer a rich scope of artistic positions, mapping and discovering groundbreaking and future tendencies of a new generation of artists.
Palazzo Contarini Polignac, Dorsoduro 874 (Accademia)
June 1st – September 1st
Organization:Victor Pinchuk Foundation; PinchukArtCentre


Glasstress, White Light / White Heat
The invited artists are asked to respond to the theme of light and heat, the components of fire, the destructive/creative element linked to the formation of the universe and primal matter from chaos. The energy from the sun’s rays provides the light and heat essential to all life forms and survival on this planet. Light and heat are fundamental to glass making - light is integral to our perception of glass while heat is required to shape it.
Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti, Palazzo Cavalli  Franchetti, Campo S. Stefano, 2847;
Berengo Centre for Contemporary Art and Glass, Campiello della Pescheria, Murano;
Scuola Grande Confraternita di San Teodoro, San Marco 4810, Campo S. Salvador
May 31st – November 24th
Organization: LCF-London College of Fashion


I libri d'acqua
At the centre of his work, Nocera has often placed some crucial aspects related to fundamental human rights. With his project I libri d’acqua the artist focused his attention on migration as fully fledged social phenomenon. The essence of his conversation is put on human mobility seen as expression of the fundamental freedom of movement and aspiration to liberation that the artists represents as a symbolic journey. Antonio Nocera’s Books are travel notebooks without words, unwritten stories that follow one another, protected by the pages, and open up before our eyes. Books seem to spring from the water as divine objects of mythological memory
Monastero di San Nicolò, Riviera San Nicolò 26, Lido di Venezia
June 1st – November 24th
Organization: EIUC – European Inter-University Centre For Human Rights and Democratisation 


Imago Mundi
The exhibition presents the collection, made up of more than a thousand small paintings, (all in 10x12 cm format) that Luciano Benetton has collected travelling around the world. The collection exhibits the works acquired in Australia, India, Korea, United States and Japan. This collection is indeed similar to an open inventory able to contribute and show how varying is the way the world is seen, studied and represented by artists and how their experiences help us to understand the riches kept into whatever is different and far away that the world offers to our interpretations.
Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Castello 5252 (Santa Maria Formosa)
August 28th - October 27th
Organization: Fondazione Querini Stampalia onlus


In Grimani. Ritsue Mishima Glass Works
In Grimani. Ritsue Mishima Glass Works is the first contemporary art exhibition created for the rooms of a museum, which used to be the former residence of a powerful sixteenth-century Venetian family. The glass works by Ritsue Mishima are the brainchild of long periods spent into the palace. The artist, who has been living in Venice since 1989, expresses herself using the ancient craft culture of the furnace and Murano glass masters give shape to her ideas, as witnessed by the pictures taken by Rinko Kawauchi, to whom a room has been dedicated, allowing us to see a poetic vision of the mysteries of glass working and the furnace.
Palazzo Grimani di Santa Maria Formosa, Castello 4858 (Ruga Giuffa)
May 30th – September 29th
Admission fee
Organization:Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, Soprintendenza speciale per il patrimonio Storico, Artistico ed Etnoantropologico e per il Polo museale della città di Venezia e dei comuni della Gronda lagunare


Ink • Brush • Heart, XiShuangBanNa
“In the end of 2012 I was invited to visit the rainforest of XiShuangBanNa, in the South of China. While I was indulging myself in the serenity of the rainforest, I was more and more astonished by the supremacy of nature. While the colors of my daily environment fade everyday more towards grey, the colors here felt so vital and bright. I observed the trees that reach up to 90 meters height, comparable to most of the new constructed buildings in Chinese cities. In order to be so tall, these trees need to have extremely deeps roots. I realized then that our society in order to reach higher needs to go deeper and hold on to its own traditions. The trees leaves form an intriguing composition with the feathers of the peacock. With its tail of 100 eyes it is considered as a manifestation of the heavenly Phoenix on earth. In the tradition of Feng Shui it is indicated as the celestial animal of the South of China, representing power and beauty.” Simon Ma
Conservatorio di Musica Benedetto Marcello, Palazzo Pisani, San Marco 2810 (Campo Santo Stefano)
June 1st – November 24th 
Organization: Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai


THE GRACE OF A GESTURE, an artwork by Lawrence Weiner, forms the centerpiece of an exhibition organized by the Written Art Foundation and presented on the ground floor of the Palazzo Bembo near the Rialto bridge. A component will be the installation of THE GRACE OF A GESTURE which will appear on five of Venice’s major sources of transportation, the vaporetti. It will transport the work through the Canal Grande, the Arsenale, the Giardini and beyond. The work will be shown in ten different languages ranging from Chinese to Japanese to Arabic to Hebrew. Included in the exhibition at Palazzo Bembo will be another four works by Weiner originally created for his exhibition Displaced at the New York Dia Center for the Arts in 1991.
Palazzo Bembo, San Marco 4793, (Rialto, Riva del Carbon)
June 1st – November 24th
Organization: Written Art Foundation


Lost in Translation
Lost in Translation is a large-scale exhibition of over one hundred Russian contemporary art works of the past four decades focusing on the historical, political, social, and economical issues related to the process of “translating” a work of art in the age of globalization. The exhibition presents works which are particularly difficult to decipher for an audience who is not familiar with the “Russian context” they were born in and refer to. Each work is displayed together with its “expanded translation” which points out and explains the essential references necessary to achieve a clearer understanding of the message conveyed.
Università Ca’ Foscari, Dorsoduro 3484
May 29th  - September 15th
Organization: Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA)


"Love me, Love me not
Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan and its neighbours

Produced and supported by YARAT, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to nurturing an understanding of contemporary art in Azerbaijan and to creating a platform for Azerbaijani art, both nationally and internationally, Love me, Love me not will provide new perspectives on the diverse and culturally rich culture of Azerbaijan and its neighbours. There is currently equal curiosity and misconception about this region; the works on show provide insight into the dynamics of each nation, bringing to light forgotten or unknown aspects of history and demonstrating the breadth of vision and creativity at play within their borders.
Tesa 100, Arsenale Nord
June 1st – November 24th
Organization: YARAT Contemporary Art Organisatio


Mind • Beating
“Mind” means thinking and consciousness in the psychological sense, and is the same as brains, which is a huge central hub for receiving and classifying information. The purpose of the exhibition is to regard the mind as a container, and extend to thinking system, and explore the relationship between visual creation and multi-dimensional world through “heart”, the common information reception organ of human kinds and its beating frequency. Though the words such as “globalization” and “trans-boundary” etc. have been repeatedly used, we shall still analyze the latest works and the thoughts of the creators from similar perspectives before we find more suitable words.
Spazio Thetis, Arsenale Nord 
Centro Ricerca Arte Contemporanea, Castello 925
May 30th –  November 24th
from June 8th closed on Saturdays and Sundays
Organization: Nanjing Sanchuan Modern Art Museum


Nell'acqua capisco
Water is protagonist of this project, it tells us the relations, communications, feelings and aspirations that move through this element as a vehicle to express a mood. Water is the common feature of all works exhibited, its roaming sound attempts to hide feelings of distress, diving into water can be a way to recover the outside world. Furthermore, water means sharing, interpreting inclusive messages, water gives us the possibility to reconvert a common good into more productive elements. All this is told through the works of artists who were able to create an original dialogue with water, sometimes joyful, often painful, but always thoughtful.
Ateneo Veneto, San Marco 1897 (Campo San Fantin)  May 30th – September 29th
Procuratie Vecchie, Piazza S. Marco 153/A,  May 30th - November 3rd
Organization: CIAC – Centro Internazionale per l’Arte Contemporanea Castello Colonna Genazzano; The Hart Foundation


One hundred years after The Art of Noise by Luigi Russolo, the exhibition reflects upon noise as a necessary condition and an integral part of any communication process. The role of art is to render dense with meaning that part of communication which usually escapes codification and understanding, so to return to an essential principle of indeterminacy. By assuming a modus operandi based on listening, or immersion, the artists chosen for the exhibition place processuality in a privileged position with regard to the demands for representation, while locating in what might be termed error an essential precondition for coming to understand the complexity of existence. 
Ex Magazzini di San Cassian, Santa Croce 2254 (Calle della Regina, Campo San Cassian)
June 1st – October 20th
Organization: De Arte Associazione


Otherwise Occupied
Otherwise Occupied features two internationally renowned Palestinian artists, Bashir Makhoul and Aissa Deebi. Both artists were born inside the 1948 borders, in the margins of another state in their homeland and outside the occupied West Bank and the centres of contemporary Palestinian culture. They have emigrated to become citizens of other states operating in a globalised art world. They still think of themselves as Palestinians and are in search of new ways to imagine the nation from a distance. Art is capable of occupying cultural spaces that are otherwise inaccessible or invisible. Otherwise Occupied describes other ways of imagining the nation outside and beyond the conflict; it is therefore a means of artistic and critical thinking through the de-territorialisation of Palestine.
Liceo Artistico Statale di Venezia, Palazzo Ca' Giustinian Recanati, Dorsoduro 1012 (Accademia)
May 31st – August 31st
Organization: Al Hoash


OVERPLAY focuses in an interdisciplinary manner on the relationship between art and crisis. Starting from the historical survey of art history (Caporali, Correggio, Jordaens, Guardi, Rousseau, von Stuck, Schifano, Vedova, Santomaso) it takes us towards the “criticality of meaning” which is present in the installation by Emiliano Bazzanella where the iPad becomes the eerie of endless unanswered questions created by a software, or towards attempts to escape, rebellion, imaginary sublimation and reconversion, that characterize a large group of major contemporary artists.
Associazione Culturale Italo-Tedesca, Palazzo Albrizzi, Cannaregio 4118
June 1st – November 24th
Organization: Associazione Culturale Italo-Tedesca di Venezia


Passage to History: Twenty Years of La Biennale di Venezia and Chinese Contemporary Art
The year 2013 marks the twentieth anniversary of the participation of Chinese contemporary  artists in the International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia; it also marks twenty years of economic, cultural and artistic exchange between China and the West. Through this time period there is a recorded change in accepted attitudes toward Chinese culture and its international identity in the Western world, as well as toward China’s contribution to contemporary art, particularly in painting. The theme of exhibition, passage to history, derives from this? Actually, we can clearly see that it was the combined efforts of Chinese contemporary artists and critics at home and abroad, as well as those Western curators with a passion for art that made this precious period of Chinese contemporary art history possible.
Nappa 89, Arsenale Nord
June 1st – October 28th
Organization: Museum of Contemporary Art, Chengdu


This art installation project encourages a reflection about information and knowledge, its ordered arrangement or not, and its manipulation. From Noah’s Arc to the Renaissance, from Giulio Camillo’s Theatre of Memory to Steve Jobs’ Theatre of Memory, being Marino Auriti’s Encyclopedic Palace the cause. Several Theatres of the World dispute the order in Global Theatre, and still, there is a place for Ethics. PATO·MEN & Women are a minority but, yet, in significantly large number. They are strange beings, very orderly and witty, almost hedonists, who practice Ethics. This art installation project will be essentially in black and white.
Arsenale, Castello, 2126/A (Campo della Tana)
June 1st – November 24th
Organization: Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau of Macao (IACM); The Macao Museum of Art (MAM)


The exhibition present an extraordinary combination of artworks, showing a wide range of individual approaches regarding the topics Time, Space, Existence. Artworks that make a sincere strong statement within each given space and at the same time help to create a complex exhibition as a total. Each room should provide the spectator with an inside about each presented artwork, project or idea from the artist point of view.
Palazzo Bembo, San Marco 4793, (Rialto, Riva del Carbon)
June 1st – November 24th
Organization: GlobalArtAffairs Foundation


Perspectives by John Pawson
John Pawson reveals a new perspective of the Basilica di San Giorgio Maggiore. Perspectives offers the visitor a unique view of the beauty of Andrea Palladio’s architectural masterpiece. The combination of a concave Swarovskicrystal meniscus and a larger reflective hemisphere creates a dramatic optical experience that brings new light to the interior of the famous Benedictine basilica. The Swarovski Foundation’s mission to promote creativity and innovation through working with architects, artists and designers demonstrates its commitment to the artistic community and beyond.
Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, Basilica di San Giorgio Maggiore
June 1st – November 24th
Organization: Swarovski Foundation


Rhapsody in Green
In 1924, when George Gershwin created his Rhapsody in Blue, Huang Tu-Shui, (1895-1930), the first modernist Taiwanese artist, cast his bronze In the Outskirts depicting an ox and cranes, a common view in Southern Asian rice fields. The color green, semantically ambiguous in Chinese tradition and absent from the bronze cast, yet obviously implied in Huang's creation, is the departing point of Rhapsody in Green. This exhibition explores how three contemporary Taiwanese artists, Kao, Tsan-Hsing (1945), Huang, Ming-Chang (1952), and Chou, Yu-Cheng (1976), artistically react to the color green, either taking an optical, an intersubjective, or a conceptual approach, reminding us of its RIGHTful place in our present living environment.
Istituto Santa Maria della Pietà, Castello 3701
June 1st –  September 15th
Organization: National Taiwan University of Arts


RHIZOMA (Generation in Waiting)
Edge of Arabia is an independent arts initiative developing the appreciation of contemporary Arab art and culture with a particular focus on Saudi Arabia. Their exhibition for the 55th International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia, RHIZOMA (Generation in Waiting), curated by Sara Raza and Ashraf Fayadh, draws its inspiration from a younger generation of Saudi artists, and embraces visual art alongside technology, science and natural philosophy. Curator Sara Raza explains “Curatorially the exhibition’s title and premise re-appropriates the concept of a rhizome, the underground stem of a plant that shoots roots laterally as opposed to upwards, as a metaphor for the current generation of Saudi Arabia’s thriving art scene.”
Magazzino del Sale, Dorsoduro 262 (Fondamenta delle Zattere)
May 30th – November 24th
Organization: Edge of Arabia


Salon Suisse
The Salon Suisse is the official accompanying programme of the Swiss participation in the la Biennale's International Art Exhibition. It comprises panel discussions and readings, but also experimental formats such as audiovisual performances, reenactments and performance lectures. This year's edition is dedicated to the legacy of the European Enlightenment in the contemporary art world. The curator of the Salon Suisse, Jörg Scheller, has invited international theorists and artists to engage in a discussion on Enlightenment from a multi-perspective view. All events take place at the historic Palazzo Trevisan.
Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi, Dorsoduro 810 (Campo Sant'Agnese)
Organization: Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia


Scotland + Venice 2013
An exhibition of new work by three distinctive artists working in Scotland today. Corin Sworn creates installations that explore the way objects circulate to disseminate stories and create histories. Duncan Campbell produces films that combine archive material with his own footage, questioning the information presented. Hayley Tompkins makes painted objects that transform familiar, commonplace things - such as knives, hammers, mobile phones or furniture. The exhibition is curated and organised by The Common Guild, Glasgow. Scotland + Venice is a partnership between Creative Scotland, British Council Scotland and the National Galleries of Scotland.
Palazzo Pisani di Santa Marina, Cannaregio 6103 (Calle delle Erbe)
June 1st – November 24th
Organization: Scotland + Venice


Steel-Lives, Still-Life
A woman looks with intense energy across life and through us to the other side. What is on that other side? The residual steel glistens with a powerful redundancy; a residue that has failed to make the lives it could have made. A cinematographic flux suffuses the temporality of Norayr Kasper‘s photography, as distant from nostalgia as from photo-reportage. What is at stake in these works, is not disappearance, it is existanceSteel-Lives, Still-Life is a narrative bracketed within a Palladian lightness. The woman knows too she has been bracketed by a world that has gone on without her. This is still life but one which has the reality to shock.
Centro Studi e Documentazione della Cultura Armena, Loggia del Temanza, Dorsoduro 1602 (Corte Zappa)
June 1st – November 24th
Organization: Centro Studi e Documentazione della Cultura Armena


The Dream of Eurasia. 987 Testimonials
The Italian Attitude
The installation encapsulates two aspects: Omar Galliani's artistic language, which draws on the great Italian Renaissance tradition, and his ability to establish a dialogue between European and Asian cultures. The underlying metaphor for understanding this new configuration is the fractal: the oval of the Eurasian face represents the faces of millions on which the column is rooted. Morphological and cultural diversity is acknowledged in the sharing of a new value that stems from the union of differences. To implement the project, the artist and curators, in synergy with Italian firms, will involve 987 testimonials, whose presence will be documented in the form of photos and video footage.
Palazzo Barbarigo Minotto, San Marco 2504 (Fondamenta Duodo o Barbarigo)
June 1st – September 30th
Organization: Fondazione Antonio Mazzotta


The Grand Canal
The Grand Canal of China, a living cultural heritage and the theme of this collateral exhibition, was dug to open up the exchange of human and material resources, and led to an encyclopedic dissemination of art, ideas and culture consistent with today’s globalization. This exhibition shows the fusion of contemporary Chinese art, history, tradition and the material world. In an exploration of the Grand Canal’s cultural and practical significance, Chinese artists deal with complementary dichotomies including manmade/natural, traditional/contemporary, male/female and material/spiritual.
Museo Diocesano, Sale espositive, Castello 4312
June 1st – November 24th
Organization: National Youth Center of the Chinese Central Government Organs;
China Grand Canal Application for World Heritage List Office in Yangzhou;
West Lake International Artists Association;
Jiangdu District Government of Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province (China)


The Intimate Subversion by Ángel Marcos
“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” Chinese Proverb. What can we do? This question forms the fundamental body of the project, though adding a synthesis: possibly the actions that we can undertake to set-up a sustainable civilization must be linked to our intimate feelings and thoughts, those territories of creative and affective thinking, charged with energy and of very difficult destruction. We know what the territories close to belongings can give of themselves, as well as the impersonation of the states of mind for consumption; thus, let us try with affections because we have no other choice, The Intimate Subversion.
Scuola di San Pasquale, Castello 2786 (San Francesco della Vigna)
June 1st – September 30th
Organization: MUSAC-Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León; Junta de Castilla y León


The Joycean Society
Dora Garcia is the winner of the Fondation Prince Pierre of Monaco’s International Prize for Contemporary Art (PIAC), for her work, The Deviant Majority (2010), nominated by curator Agustin Perez Rubio. For 2013, Garcia proposes to produce a new work, The Joycean Society (2012-2013), that she considers as the third in a series. This artwork (video installation) is inspired by reading groups and literary clubs, notably those who meet regularly to read the works of James Joyce out loud. In this work, the artist observes and documents moments where members of a community try to understand a literary language in relationship to the narratives and stories that writing translates.
Spazio Punch, Giudecca 800/O
May 30th  - November 24th
Organization: Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco


The Museum of Everything
The Museum of Everything is the world’s first wandering museum for the untrained, unintentional, and undiscovered artists of our times. Since 2009, it has welcomed over 500,000 visitors to its acclaimed installations in Britain, France, Italy, Turkey and Russia. The Museum of Everything works with leading writers, thinkers, curators and artists and is the world’s leading advocate for the alternative history of 19th, 20th and 21st century art.
Serra dei Giardini Viale Giuseppe Garibaldi, Castello 1254
May 29th – extended until August 18th
Organization: The Museum of Everything


This is not a Taiwan Pavilion
By proposing the identity of the stranger, this exhibition manifests a shared concern for the urgency of coexistence in today’s world. Three projects by Bernd Behr, Chia-Wei Hsu, and Katerina Šedá + BATEŽO MIKILU capture the political relations between imagination and reality and investigate how the possibility of criticality produced in subjectification or estrangement might be used to perceive diverse potential forms of cultural identity.
Palazzo delle Prigioni, Castello 4209, Campo Manin
June 1st – November 24th
Organization: Taipei Fine Arts Museum of Taiwan


Thomas Zipp - Comparative investigation about the disposition of the width of a circle
The German artist Thomas Zipp's project relates to both The Width of a Circle by David Bowie, whose lyrics, using parables from Nietsche's Thus spoke Zarathrustra, express his relationship with the 'devil drug', and l'arc de circle, which metaphorically denotes reactions triggered in hypnotized patients for hysteria research purposes by Jean-Maria Charcot (1825-1983). Zipp installs a version of a psychiatric unit that deals with hysteria, and the duality (schizophrenia) in one person - the artist is both patient and doctor. Zipp researches the unconscious, exploring the effects of drugs, heavy metal music, philosophy, religion and hidden aspects of psychiatry and psychoanalysis.
Palazzo Rossini-Revedin, San Marco 4013 (Campo Manin)
June 1st – November 24th
Organization: Arthena Foundation


In spite of their different backgrounds, artistic mediums and geographic separation the artwork of Victor Matthews and Paolo Nicola Rossini shares an exploration of the theme of Transition and in doing so, tells their stories. Both artists question universal themes such as life, memory, dream and the subconscious, reality, time and space and transition from one moment or idea to the next. Yet departing from the same starting point both arrive at very different destinations. These two artists present the view of their reality as perceived by them internally and question what is one’s perception of the landscapes around us and what we see. They challenge this image through its transition - externalizing it through their painting and photography.
Dorsoduro 453 (Rio Terà San Vio)
June 1st – June 27th
Organization: Nuova Icona


United Cultural Nations
United Cultural Nations is created by Mi Qiu. This term is from his daily mantra for fun and for serious. Time and place at this moment, nothing will be important even though beautiful people and mellow wine. We are free from the material ankd concrete feelings.
Palazzo Bacchini delle Palme, Santa Croce 1959-1961 (San Stae)
June 1st - July 31st
Organization: Tongli Academic Exchange Center Foundation


Universo Donna
The artist has completed many works, even religious works, for the Italian Navy and developed an artistic curriculum – formed at the “School” of Pericle Fazzini and Emilio Greco – led to present the man to the mystery of life trough “physicality and volume”. The theme of the exhibition that the artist aims to achieve is, in fact, “the understanding and description of the women’s soul trough physicality and volume.”
Museo Storico Navale, Castello (Calle San Biagio/Fondamenta Arsenale)
June 1st – November 24th
Organization: Marina Militare


Voice of the Unseen 
Chinese Independent Art 1979/Today

Who are, where are they, and what are doing now the artists who, with the historical event of the 1979 exhibition on the "Wall of Democracy" of Xidan in Beijing, gave birth to the growingly influential stream of independent contemporary art in China? This event is the most ambitious attempt to date to answer comprehensively to these questions, highlighting the history of Chinese art of the last thirty years through the work of the artists who created, from the Post-Avant-garde of the ‘80s and ‘90s, the movement of the non-official, or independent, Chinese art.
Body - Family - Village - Landscape - Ruins - Poverty - Magic - Memory - History
The nine themes are narrated through works, recent or expressly made, in various media: painting, sculpture, installation, photography, video, performance, accompanied by the largest reference library of Chinese culture ever created up to now as part of an art exhibition.
Tesa alle Nappe 91, Tese di San Cristoforo 92-93-94, Arsenale Nord
June 1st – November 24th
Organization: Guangdong Museum of Art


Who is Alice?
Who is Alice? is a special thematic exhibition presenting the permanent collection of the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea. The exhibition presents 30 works by 16 Korean artists that transcend the limitations of physical space and time, covering various concepts and forms that traverse the boundaries of ‘reality and non-reality’, and ‘dreams and the real. The audience is invited in the ‘time travel’ across space-time, like Alice in Wonderland who took a sudden leap into the rabbit hole. The audience will dream walk in a mysterious space of reality and imagination, and become the main character in the ‘shadow play’ of their own stories.
Spazio Lightbox, Cannaregio 3831 (San Felice, Strada Nova)
June 1st - November 24th
Organization: National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea


‘You (you).’ - Lee Kit, Hong Kong
‘You (you).’ continues his exploration into the quotidian realm of the everyday. Comprised entirely of new commissions, the exhibition is conceived through the recollection of personal and collective moments. ‘You (you).’takes the universal yet non-existing entity hinted by its title as a departure point, gazing at the notion of absence to reflect on the construction of memories, time and places. Lee incorporates various elements such as moving-image, ready-made objects and sound to suggest traces of immaterial dialogues, allowing the possibility of evoking the texture of the everyday.
Arsenale, Castello 2126 (Campo della Tana)
June 1st – November 24th
Organization:M+, Museum for Visual Culture; Hong Kong ArtsDevelopment Council
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