Venice Art Biennial 2024 – 01

Yinka Shonibare’s sculpture, “Refugee Astronaut II” (2016), is a contemporary artwork in the exhibition curated by Pedrosa.Credit…via Yinka Shonibare and James Cohan Gallery, New York

Venice Biennial 2024 – 01

Today, April 20, 2024 (Non English the date would read 20-04-2024), the Venice Art Biennial opens to the public. It is the 60ieth.

I will be visiting it half June and look forward to it. I visited it in 2005 and in 2015, with almost 10 year intervals.

Straniere Ovunque – Foreigners Everywhere

Adriano Pedrosa

Is the title this year under which Adriano Pedrosa, from Brazil, curates not only the exhibitions in the Arsenale and the Giardini, but also in various venues in the city.

The Board of La Biennale di Venezia met today on Thursday, December 15th and, upon the recommendation of President Roberto Cicutto, appointed Adriano Pedrosa as Director of the Visual Arts Sector, with the specific task of curating the 60th International Art Exhibition to be held in 2024.

Adriano Pedrosa (Brazil) is currently the artistic director of Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand – MASP.

Prior to that he was adjunct curator of the 24th Bienal de São Paulo (1998), curator in charge of exhibitions and collections at Museu de Arte da Pampulha, Belo Horizonte (2000-2003), co-curator of the 27th Bienal de São Paulo (2006), curator of InSite_05 (San Diego Museum of Art, Centro Cultural Tijuana, 2005), artistic director of the 2nd Trienal de San Juan (2009), curator of 31st Panorama da Arte Brasileira-Mamõyaguara opá mamõ pupé (Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paulo, 2009), co-curator of the 12th Istanbul Biennial, and curator of the São Paulo pavilion at the 9th Shanghai Biennale (2012).

At MASP Pedrosa has curated many exhibitions, including solo shows dedicated to the work of Tarsila do Amaral, Anna Bella Geiger, Ione Saldanha, Maria Auxiliadora, Gertrudes Altschul, Beatriz Milhazes, Wanda Pimentel, and Hélio Oiticia, as well as the ongoing series devoted to different Histories: Histories of Childhood (2016), Histories of Sexuality (2017), Afro Atlantic Histories (2018), Women’s Histories, Feminist Histories (2019), Histories of Dance (2020), Brazilian Histories (2022).

He has recently been appointed 2023 recipient of the Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence, given by the Central for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, New York.

Pedrosa has a degree is Law from the Universidade Estadual do Rio de Janeiro and masters’ degree in Art and Critical Writing from the California Institute of the Arts. He has published in Arte y Parte (Santander), Artforum (New York), Art Nexus (Bogotá), Bomb (New York), Exit (Madri), Flash Art (Milan), Frieze (Londres), Lapiz (Madri), Manifesta Journal (Amsterdam), Mousse (Milan), Parkett (Zurich), The Exhibitionist (Berlin), among others.

“The choice of Adriano Pedrosa as curator of the 60th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia is the result of a process that grew out of our experience of working with Cecilia Alemani. I believe it is essential to build on what emerged from the previous Exhibition (this was also the case with the appointment of Lesley Lokko, following the International Architecture Exhibition curated by Hashim Sarkis) to direct our next choice.
Pedrosa, an esteemed curator and the director of the important Museu de Arte de São Paulo in Brazil (designed by Italian architect Lina Bo Bardi), is known for the competence and originality he has shown in conceiving his exhibitions with a vision open to the contemporary, working from an observation point of the world that cannot disregard the nature of its place of origin. Rather than restricting his vision, this has extended it to an indispensable debate so that now more than ever La Biennale might address contemporary art not to provide a catalogue of the existing, but to give form to the contradictions, dialogues and kinships without which art would remain an enclave devoid of vital sap.
I would like to thank the Board of Directors of La Biennale for having accompanied me in this choice”.

“I am honored and humbled by this prestigious appointment, especially as the first Latin American to curate the International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, and in fact the first one based in the Southern Hemisphere. The Biennale is certainly the most important platform for contemporary art in the world, and it is an exciting challenge and a responsibility to embark on this project. I look forward to bringing artists to Venice and realizing their projects, as well as to working with the Biennale’s great team. For this unique opportunity, I am grateful to the Biennale President, Roberto Cicutto, as well as to the Institution’s Board

Cited from the official Biennial site.

Anselm Kiefer: Aus Herzen und Hirnen sprießen die Halme der Nacht

Museum Voorlinden has an exhibition about Anselm Kiefer. I dislike the museum, because it does not form part of the Dutch Museum Card. You have to pay your own hefty Euro 22 entrance fee for every exhibition, but it is a nice museum in a nice park. Modern and with nice exhibitions.

Another Ceramic Streetchair in Rotterdam

Another Ceramic Streetchair in Rotterdam

Found in Rotterdam this ceramic streetchair.

Rotterdam Ceramic Street Chair

Found this Ceramic Street Chair in Rotterdam.

Ron Mueck – It’s a Girl!

Ron Mueck - It's a Girl! 1

Ron Mueck - It's a Girl! 2

Ron Mueck - It's a Girl! 3

Ron Mueck - It's a Girl! 5

Ron Mueck - It's a Girl! 6

Ron Mueck - It's a Girl! 7

Ron Mueck - It's a Girl! 8

March 18, 2018 was the first weekend after the opening of the exhibition Reshaped Reality – 50 years of Hyperrealistic Sculpture in the Kunsthal in Rotterdam, Netherlands. It was very busy, but the number of people surrounding the 5 m tall just born Child statue by Ron Mueck add to the alienation that one feels looking at the baby in this context. Look for yourself and click the photo’s for larger format.