Venice Biennale 2017: Thematic Highlights

A refreshing display of global works from artists celebrating art

Anticipation takes hold before we head to Venice for the Biennale Arte, as we consider (and wonder about) what topics will emerge. It’s easy to experience the Biennale, now in its 57th iteration, as if you’ve never seen art before. Curator Christine Macel asked each artist to be as free as possible, to celebrate the joy of making art and living it. With that, “Viva …

Venice Biennale 2016: “LifeObject”

Exploring the synergy between architecture and biology at the Israeli Pavilion

by Ari Samuel In tune with this year’s “Reporting from the Front” theme commissioned by Venice Biennale Chief Curator Alejandro Aravena, the Israel Pavilion unveiled “LifeObject,” an immersive and stimulating exhibition analyzing the synergy between the worlds of architecture and biology and the future possibilities and advancements that lie in their combination. At the center of the Pavilion stands the physical “LifeObject,” a massive man-made …

Venice Biennale 2015: Order and Chaos

The theme, All the World’s Futures, provokes juxtaposing artworks, from LED installations to embroidered blankets

Okwui Enwezor—the curator of the 56th Venice Biennale, themed as “All the World’s Futures”—has accomplished a very difficult task in selecting artists for this year’s event. Famous names are exhibited alongside emerging artists in a colorful, bold and thought-provoking collection of pieces that will stun visitors over the next seven months. Chaos seems to prevail in many artists’ visions of the future, particularly in the …