This year’s theme of the world’s oldest and largest biennale is ‘Viva Arte Viva’. Curated Christine Macel, the chief curator at the Centre Pompidou, the exhibition will feature artists from 85 countries. At a time when the world is full of conflicts and shocks, ‘Viva Arte Viva’ is an exclamation, a passionate outcry for art and the state of the artist. According to Macel, the biennale is 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.
Cevdet Erek, best known for his sound installations, will represent Turkey at the bienniale with a brand-new project titled Çin. The site-specific work will be largely shaped by the Sale d’Armi in the Arsenale, Turkey’s long-term venue at the biennale.
If you find yourself in Venice between May and November, this is essential viewing.