The 57th International Art Exhibition, titled VIVA ARTE VIVA and curated by Christine Macel, is organized by La Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta.
The Exhibition will be open to the public from Saturday May 13th to Sunday November 26th 2017, at the Giardini and the Arsenale venues. The preview will take place on May 10th, 11th and 12th, the awards ceremony and inauguration will be held on Saturday May 13th 2017.
"The 57th Exhibition introduces a further development. It is as though what has always been our primary work method —encounter and dialogue— has now become the theme of the Exhibition, because this year’s Biennale is dedicated to celebrating, and almost giving thanks for, the very existence of art and artists, whose worlds expand our perspective and the space of our existence” says Paolo Baratta, the President of La Biennale di Venezia.
The Pavilion of the Republic of Serbia at the 57th Venice Biennale hosts the group show “Enclavia” by the painters Vladislav Šćepanović, Milena Dragićević and Dragan Zdravković, which work will be curated by Nikola Šujica.
Every artist gives in her/his own way an image capturing the today’s reality: Vladislav Šćepanović and Dragan Zdravković, who live permanently in Serbia, explore vitality in the productive scenery while Milena Dragićević investigates the global experience of living in diaspora.
The selection of works, under the title of “Enclavia”, communicates author’s loneliness whose approaches underway aspects of 21st century changes.
The act of painting becomes a stand to conquer freedom and struggle media and consumerist forces.
The title also suggests a continuation of the geopolitical tension and, for this reason, the exhibition is placed in the original pavilion of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. The paintings by these authors transform the rectangular space of the Pavilion of the Republic of Serbia, as a structural exposition of political, situational and existential circumstances of our time.
The Exhibition in the Arsenale and Central Pavilion of the Giardini organically evolves in a sequence of nine Trans-pavilions, which follow one another like chapters of a book.