VIVA ARTE VIVA57th International Art Exhibition,

Celebrating art and artists, whose worlds expand
our perspective and the space of our existence


Takahiro Iwasaki, Japan


“La Biennale must present itself as a place whose method—and almost raison d’être—is dedicated to an open dialogue between artists, and between artists and the public.” – Paolo Baratta, President of La Biennale di Venezia

The 57th International Art Exhibition, titled VIVA ARTE VIVA si curated by Christine Macel, and chaired by Paolo Baratta. The Exhibition is open to the public from Saturday May 13th to Sunday November 26th 2017, at the Giardini and the Arsenale venues. VIVA ARTE VIVA unfolds over the course of nine chapters or families of artists, beginning with two introductory realms in the Central Pavilion, followed by another seven across the Arsenale through the Giardino delle Vergini. From the “Pavilion of Artists and Books” to the “Pavilion of Time and Infinity”, these nine episodes tell a story that is often discursive and at times paradoxical, with detours that mirror the world’s complexities, a multiplicity of approaches and a wide variety of practices.

 The Exhibition is intended as an experience, an extrovert movement from the self to the other, towards a common space beyond the defined dimensions, and onwards to the idea of a potential neo-humanism. The 120 participating artists come from 51 countries; 103 of them are participating for the first time.
The Exhibition also includes 85 National Participations in the historic Pavilions at the Giardini, at the Arsenale and in the historic city centre of Venice. Three countries are participating for the first time: Antigua and Barbuda, Kiribati, Nigeria.
This edition, also involves selected Collateral Events that are promoted by non-profit national and international institutions. They will present their exhibitions and initiatives in Venice during the course of the 57th Exhibition.