The 56th Venice Biennale opens on 9 May until 22 November 2015 and Sedition is delighted to see so many artists we’ve worked with the release editions, participating in exhibitions in the city including AES+F, Liu Xiaodong, Jacco Olivier, Gordon Cheung, Isaac Julien, Christian Boltanski, Jenny Holzer and Elmgreen & Dragset. If you’re in Venice this year, stop by and visit these must-see exhibitions happening in and around the biennale.
AES+F, Inverso Mundus, 2015
1. AES+F | 001 Inverso Mundus. AES+F
AES+F premiere a new multi-channel video installation Inverso Mundus as part of one of the official collateral events of the biennale. The series of historical engravings Inverso Mundus (The World Upside Down), known since the 16th century, are interpreted by AES+F in a multichannel video installation as absurd scenes from the historical carnival that appear as episodes of contemporary life. The collective presents the 7-screen installation across two venues: Magazini del Sale, Magazzino #5 and Vitraria Glass +A Museum.
Dates: 7 May – 22 November 2015
Venues: – Magazzini del Sale, Magazzino #5, Dorsoduro 262 (Fondamenta delle Zattere Ai Saloni) – the main venue
– Vitraria Glass +A Museum, Palazzo Nani Mocenigo, Dorsoduro 960 (Fondamenta Nani)
Liu Xiaodong, Out Of Beichuan, 2010
2. Liu Xiaodong | Painting As Shooting
Liu Xiaodong presents a major solo exhibition hosted by the Faurshou Foundation. Liu is considered to be one of China’s most influential painters. The exhibition focuses on a unique selection of the artists most recent paintings curated by Jérôme Sans.
Dates: 8 May – 2 August 2015
Venue: Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Isola Di San Giorgio Maggiore
Jacco Olivier, Still From Wood, 2007
Gordon Cheung, Promise Land, 2009
3. Jacco Olivier and Gordon Cheung | Vita Vitale
Jacco Olivier and Gordon Cheung and many others, present in the group show, Vita Vitale as part of the Azerbaijan Pavilion. As the country’s second participation in the biennale, they will present two exhibitions that celebrate the voices of artists addressing social, political, and ecological questions of global relevance. One exhibition, Vita Vitale brings together international contemporary artists whose work expresses concerns about our planet’s destiny. The exhibition curated by Artwise, examines the delicate balance of our planet’s ecosystem and the human impact on the natural world.
Dates: 9 May – 22 November 2015
Venue: Ca’ Garzoni, Calle del Traghetto o Garzoni, San Marco 3416, 30124
Isaac Julien, Capital, 2013
Christian Boltanski, Lessons Of Darkness, 1988
4. Isaac Julien & Christian Boltanski | All The World’s Futures
Isaac Julien and Christian Boltanski’s work is featured in the 56th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale curated by Okwui Enwezor. Julien has invited trained actors to read Marx’s Das Kapital during the entire duration of the biennale. Designed by award-winning Ghanaian/British architect David Adjaye, the ARENA will serve as a gathering-place of the spoken word, the art of the song, recitals, film projections, and a forum for public discussions.
Dates: 9 May – 22 November 2015
Venue: The ARENA, Central Pavilion, Giardini, Sestiere Castello, 30122 Venice, Italy
Jenny Holzer, Small Right Hand Down blue white, 2009
5. Jenny Holzer | War Paintings
Jenny Holzer presents a solo exhibition of war paintings, which is a significant departure from the artists’ LED installations. The exhibition takes declassified and other sensitive U.S. government documents concerning the global War on Terror, as well as the United States military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq that are transformed into silk-screened and hand-painted oil on linen paintings (several times their original size) that invites the visitor both to read and to look. War Paintings is curated by Dr. Thomas Kellein.
Dates: 6 May – 22 November 2015
Venue: Museo Correr, Piazza San Marco, 52, 30124, Venice, Italy
Elmgreen & Dragset, Slip of the Tongue
6. Elmgreen & Dragset | Slip of the Tongue
Elmgreen & Dragset present in the group show Slip Of The Tongue curated by artist/curator Danh Vo in collaboration with Caroline Bourgeois. The exhibition features around 120 works by artists invited by Danh Vo, works from the Pinault Collection and pieces from Venetian institutions such as the Accademia Gallery and the Institute of Art History of Giorgio Cini Foundation. Artists in the exhibition include: Martin Wong, Pablo Picasso, Sigmar Polke, Charles Ray, Fischli & Weiss, and many more.
Dates: 12 April – 31 December 2015
Venue: Palazzo Grassi, Punta della Dogana