Two major international exhibitions to look forward to in 2017

Posted on January - 4 - 2017

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The year 2016 brought exciting new things to the art world and ended with open questions and different expectations. Besides the mixed feelings, 2017 promises to be an exciting time for exhibition-goers, brimming with exhibitions and fairs. Nonetheless, any art lover around the globe will be eagerly looking forward to 2017 because of the distinctive occurrence that happens every decade when two of the most, if not the best, regarded international exhibitions take place at the same time.

This year, thousands of people will flock to Europe in what could be considered the Olympic Games of art as the old continent hosts both the 57th Venice Biennale and documenta 14 in a never-before-seen stunt where the city of Kassel relinquishes its sole protagonist and shares its location with the Greek capital of Athens. Talk about an exhilarating year for the art world.

The 57th edition of the Venice Biennale’s Artistic Director is the esteemed French curator Christine Macel whose work in the Department of “Création contemporaine et prospective” at the Centre Pompidou as well as her many other accomplishments have earned her a place as one of the most sought-after curators of the moment. The title “Viva Arte Viva” was chosen, as the exhibition will revolve around the importance of the role that artistic creation plays in society, placing distinctive attention on the artist’s personal development. It will focus on the relationship between the works and the spectators, aiming to make the exhibition into an embracing experience.  The event will open to the public on May 13th and will run until November 26th. Be sure to put it on your calendar.

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This year’s awaited documenta 14 will follow the twofold structure proposed by Artistic Director Adam Szymczyk, sprouting from the working title “Learning from Athens.”  Documenta 14’s Public Programs have been running since 2016 at the Athens Municipal Arts Center where many activities between artists, curators, historians and the public have taken place. The parting of the venues is justified by bringing into consideration the international state of affairs and the parallels between the cities, highlighting the geographical significance and socioeconomic situation of Greece. The exhibition will begin on April 8th until July 16th in Athens and on the 10th of June until the 17th of September at Kassel, Germany, both exhibitions overlapping on the month of June.

Both events are sure to cause a commotion this year in the art circuits and sure to bring overwhelming joy to any art enthusiast. So, if you have the opportunity to make the trip, don’t miss it for anything in the world.

By: Gabriela Martínez de la Hoz

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