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56th Venice Biennale: All the World’s Futures

May 9, 2015 – November 22, 2015
Tue–Sun: 10.00–18.00, Arsenale stays open till 20.00
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Arsenale and Giardini venues, Castello, Venice, Italy

This year’s theme of the world’s oldest and largest biennale is ‘All the World’s Futures’. Curated by the powerhouse Nigerian curator and art critic Okwui Enwezor, artists from 89 countries will investigate the ‘age of anxiety’ advances in technology have left us with, and will explore the relationship between art and the development of the human, social and political world.

The Armenian–Turkish conceptual artist Sarkis will represent Turkey at the Biennale with a brand-new installation, ‘Respiro’, which will take over the Turkish Pavilion at the Arsenale. Defne Ayas, director and curator of the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, curates. ‘In ‘Respiro’,’ Sarkis explained earlier this year, ‘I will be reaching out beyond geopolitics to a more expansive context of a million-plus years, going back to the creation of the universe and the beginning of time, back to the first-ever rainbow – the very first magical breaking point of light.’

If you find yourself in Venice between May and November, this is essential viewing.

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