Wednesday, December 4, 2013

MEDIA NEWS: Okwui Enwezor Appointed Director of 56th Venice Biennale

Okwui Enwezor photographed by Bjorn Iooss. Image via
From, December 4, 2013:

Okwui Enwezor, director of Munich’s Haus der Kunst, has been appointed Director of Visual Arts for the 56th Venice Biennale, which is to take place from May 9 to November 22, 2015. The 50-year-old Nigerian-born curator and writer previously served as artistic director of the Documenta 11 in 2002, the Bienial Internacional de Arte Contemporaneo de Sevilla in 2006, the  Gwangju Biennial in 2008, and the Triennal d’Art Contemporain of Paris at the Palais de Tokyo in 2012. From 2005 to 2009 he was dean of academic affairs and senior vice president of the San Francisco Art Institute.

“We … turn to a person who has a great many experiences to his name, with an ample history of activities and studies in a wide range of topics concerning art,” said Paolo Baratta, chairman of the Board of Directors of la Biennale di Venezia. “Enwezor has investigated, in particular, the complex phenomenon of globalization in relation to local roots. His personal experience is a decisive starting point for the geographic range of his analysis, for the temporal depth of recent developments in the art world, and for the variegated richness of the present,” Baratta continued.

“No event or exhibition of contemporary art has continuously existed at the confluence of so many historical changes across the fields of art, politics, technology, and economics, as la Biennale di Venezia,” Okwui Enwezor stated after his appointment. “La Biennale di Venezia is the ideal place to explore all of these dialectical fields of reference, and the institution of la Biennale itself will be a source of inspiration in planning the Exhibition.”

Enwezor’s work engages in African, European, Asiatic, North and South American art of the 20th and 21st Century, in modern and contemporary art of the African countries and the contemporary art of the African diaspora.

Enwezor follows Italian curator Massimiliano Gioni, whose 55th Biennale and critically acclaimed exhibition “The Encyclopedic Palace” ended in November with over 475,000 visitors.

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