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between art and arts & crafts” Artist  and Curator: Jorge Pardo

For the second year in a row, La Biennale di Venezia is collaborating with the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A) on the Pavilion of Applied Arts at the 57th International Art Exhibition, located in the Sale d’Armi of the Arsenale.

The Pavilion, titled “Display – between art and arts & crafts”, is conceived by La Biennale di Venezia with the advice of Bice Curiger, and curated by Cuban-American artist and sculptor Jorge Pardo, whose work blends art and design together.

The exhibition features “a steel structure for a summer house in the future”, as Jorge Pardo explained, along with “5 paintings with lights and someone falling, curtains that make me think of Lilly Reich, photos of shows and other things, a very nice bathroom, and photographs in a slide carousel”. He also added, about his installation: “starting to get the ex wife out of my summer house… and maybe some issues in objecthood along the way…”.

La Biennale di Venezia has long been interested in the world of applied arts, and in 2016 initiated a collaboration with the V&A establishing the Pavilion of Applied Arts. The two institutions use the Pavilion to explore this subject and take turns curating an exhibition each year. Last year the V&A curated A World of Fragile Parts, devoted to the past and future of copying cultural heritage, shown as part of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition.

La Biennale di Venezia President Paolo Baratta, stated:  “The first edition of the Pavilion of Applied Arts took place in 2016 in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum. This year, according to the agreement, it was up to La Biennale to pick a theme. Therefore, we chose to ask Jorge Pardo to develop a project devoted to the DISPLAY, a theme that could lead to contributions lying halfway between Art and the „Arts and Crafts“.

Besides the pavilion, that has been conceived and curated by the Cuban-American artist, the project will also include the next edition of the ‘La Biennale Summer School’.

The theme of „Display“ is bound to draw long-lasting attention, because of its breadth and of the large number of situations in which the act of displaying can challenge artistic thought and practices bridging art and applied arts.  It would perhaps be a good idea to systematically focus on it for the ‘Biennali’ to come. We shall see!”

V&A Director Tristram Hunt stated:  „The Victoria and Albert Museum was founded after the 1851 Great Exhibition, and has always combined display and teaching to advance our knowledge of the fine, applied and industrial arts. We are delighted to be joining forces with La Biennale di Venezia again this year on this Pavilion of Applied Arts at the 57th International Art Exhibition, helping to host the exhibition by Jorge Pardo and working together on a summer school that will study the history of the homes we provide for objects-pavilions, museums, shops, and houses. As another machine for display and engine for learning, La Biennale is our perfect partner for the exploration of the applied arts and the contexts that give them life“.

In addition to curating the Pavillion of Applied Arts, the collaboration between La Biennale di Venezia and the V&A has also established La Biennale Summer School. The inaugural week long course took place in July 2016 and was organised in collaboration with La Biennale de Venezia, the V&A and the University of Applied Arts, Vienna.  The twenty-three participants represented a wide range of professions and included architects, communications professionals, journalists, academics, designers and artists. A large proportion were students or recent graduates in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, law, and industrial design.

About the V&A The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance with collections unrivalled in their scope and diversity. It was established to make works of art available to all and to inspire British designers and manufacturers. Today, the V&A’s collections, which span over 5000 years of human creativity in virtually every medium and from many parts of the world, continue to intrigue, inspire and inform. www.vam.ac.uk

57th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia in collaboration with Vela and Venezia Unica

Again in 2017 Vela spa, commercial company responsible for mobility services and marketing of the City of Venice, finalized collaboration details with La Biennale di Venezia, confirming itself as supplier and referral point for the City’s tourist and cultural operators and institutions. The agreement between Vela and La Biennale di Venezia for the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia ‘VIVA ARTE VIVA’ – which will take place from May 13th to November 26th 2017 – includes a reciprocal exchange allowing La Biennale to promote its ventures all over the city, and Vela to support La Biennale – one of the most prestigious, international, cultural events, while promoting its “Venezia Unica” brand at the same time.

Vela, group company of Gruppo AVM (Azienda Veneziana della Mobilità), manages the Venezia Unica marketing platform for citizen and tourist services: a standard city pass offering an integrated package of products and services for both the purchase of tickets for Biennale Arte 2017 and the access to public transport services, transfers, parking, museums, churches, theatres, guides and audio-guides, Wi-Fi and public restrooms. To begin with, the Venezia Unica system can be found on www.veneziaunica.it, – the City of Venice’s official portal for tourist information and e-commerce – and in the direct Venezia Unica ticket offices – with more than 200 multilingual clerks involved in face-to-face customer assistance – situated at various public access points to the historic centre, on islands and on the mainland.

Actv spa – also group company of Gruppo AVM – is the local public transport company guaranteeing visitors day-long connections by public means of transport to the venues of the Biennale Arte e.g. the Arsenale and the Giardini. The AVM Venezia Official App, available in Italian and English for IoS (Apple App Store) and Android (Google Play), enables users to purchase (online by VISA or MasterCard) and validate local Actv public transport tickets (ordinary tickets and CartaVenezia tickets for frequent users) in both bus and navigation sectors. The App also allows to get timetable information for all Actv services straight from the smartphone. Actv spa is the only Italian public transport company managing bus, waterbus and tram services at the same time. With more than 2,800 employees, it transports 120 million passengers a year on its 25-line waterbus and 2-line tram systems and on more than 100 bus routes winding through 45 different municipal areas in 4 different provinces.