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PDG Arte Communications
is glad to inform you
the Board of La Biennale di Venezia appointed 

Ralph Rugoff 
as Director of the Visual Arts Department
with specific responsibility for curating the 58th International Art Exhibition (2019).

 


The dates of the Biennale Arte 2019 are: May 11th to November 24th, 2019; Press Preview May 8th, 9th, and 10th; opening to the public on Saturday, May 11th.
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The Biennale Arte 2017
regirested over 615,000 visitors
and it has been the most visited exhibition in Italy for months. 

 

After this great success 
we are planning the 2019 edition 

and we are at your disposal to provide more information according to our long lasting experience 
in coordinating 118 exhibition in the Venice Biennale. 

 

 

RALPH RUGOFF

Ralph Rugoff has been the Director of the Hayward Gallery of London since 2006. Opened in 1968, the Hayward Gallery is considered one of the most leading public art galleries in the United Kingdom; it is part of the Southbank Centre, Europe's largest arts centre that receives major funding by the Arts Council of England. Rugoff was the Artistic Director of the XIII Biennale de Lyon in 2015 titled La vie moderne. Between 1985 and 2002 he wrote art and cultural criticism for numerous periodicals, publishing widely in art magazines as well as newspapers, includingArtforum, Artpresse, FlashArt, Frieze, Parkett, Grand Street, The Financial Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Los Angeles Weekly and published a collection of essays, Circus Americanus (1995), in which he explored cultural phenomena of the American West. During the same period he began working as an independent curator, organizing exhibitions such as Just Pathetic (1990) andScene of the Crime (1997). A former Director (2000-06) of CCA Wattis Institute, at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, he has curated numerous group shows at the Hayward Gallery over the past 11 years, including The Painting of Modern Life (2007), Psycho Buildings(2008), an exhibition that included interactive and immersive installations by artists such as Mike Nelson, Gelitin and Do-ho Suh; and The Infinite Mix (2016); he also has curated important retrospectives and solo exhibitions by Ed Ruschka, Jeremy Deller, Carsten Holler, Tracey Emin and George Condo.

 

PRESIDENT PAOLO BARATTA’S STATEMENT
President Baratta stated that "the appointment of Ralph Rugoff confirms the Biennale's primary goal, to qualify the Exhibition as a place of encounter between the visitors, the art and the artists. An Exhibition engaging the viewers directly with the artworks in such a way that memory, the unexpected, the possible provocation, the new and the different can stimulate their visions, their minds and their emotions, and offer them the opportunity for a direct experience.

 

"RALPH RUGOTT’S STATEMENT
Ralph Rugoff has declared “I am absolutely thrilled with this appointment. The Venice Biennale is the oldest and most prestigious exhibition of its kind internationally and I am really looking forward to taking on this new challenge.”



 


 

 

 

 

TraVellArT
Resi Girardello - Swinging Tides
Curated by Paolo De Grandis

in collaboration with Carlotta Scarpa
Until 7th January 2018
Hotel Savoia & Jolanda, Riva degli Schiavoni 4187

 


DACHAN World Tour Exhibition | Rome – Venice
Curated by Paolo De Grandis and Astrid Narguet  

Scoletta dei Battioro e Tiraoro

 

KARACHI BIENNALE

Art Among the People
Curated by Paolo De Grandis

Selected Artists:
Yoko Ono, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Sarah Revoltella, Max Papeschi,
Marco Nereo Rotelli, Elisabetta di Sopra, Federico Nero and the video artists from Hybrid Suite selection – MIH Made In Heaven, Candy Candy/Patrizia Chianese, Laura Federici – curated by Claudio Crescentini.

STILLS OF PEACE Italy - China  
Yahon Chang Impromptu

Curated by Paolo De Grandis, Maria Rus Bojan, Francise Chang

Scuderie Ducali di Palazzo Acquaviva


ANDORRA PAVILION
Murmuri
BIENNALE ARTE

Artist: Eve Ariza
Commissioner: Miriam Ambatlle
Curators: Javier Balmaseda, Ivan Sansa, Paolo De Grandis
Coordinator in Venice: Carlotta Scarpa, PDG Arte Communications
Venue: Istituto S. Maria della Pietà, Castello 3701
 
 
 
AZERBAIJAN PAVILION
Under One Sun The Art of Living Together
BIENNALE ARTE

Curators: Prof.Dr. Martin Roth, Emin Mammadov
Advisor: Dr. Shirin Y. Melikova
Participants: HYPNOTICA Visual Performance Group, Elvin Nabizade
Coordinators: Narmina Khalilova, Ekaterina Tasheva, Ulviyya Aliyeva, 
Farhad Boyukzada
Coordinators in Venice: Paolo De Grandis, Carlotta Scarpa, 
PDG Arte Communications
Venue: Palazzo Lezze, Campo S. Stefano, San Marco 2949

 

 

MAURITIUS PAVILION Speeded Up Nature

BIENNALE ARTE
Commissioner: Thivynaidoo Perumal Naiken, National Art Gallery, 
Ministry of Arts and Culture, The Republic of Mauritius
Curator: Olga Jürgenson
Executor: Krishna Luchoomun
Exhibitors: Michael Lalljee, Robert Rauschenberg, SEO,
Jacques Desiré Wong So
Coordinator in Venice: PDG Arte Communications

Venue: Instituto Santa Maria della Pietà, Castello 3701, Venezia


MONGOLIA PAVILION
Lost in Tngri (Lost in Heaven)
BIENNALE ARTE

Participants: Chimeddorj Shagdarjav, Munkhbolor Ganbold, Enkhtaivan Ochirbat,
Bolortuvshin Jargalsaikhan, Davaajargal Tsaschikher
Commissioner: Munkh-Orgil Tsend, the Minister of Foreign Affairs
Curator: Dalkh-Ochir Yondonjunai
Organizer: Mongolian Contemporary Art Support Association
Project Director: Gantuya Badamgarav
Artistic Advisor: Tessa Jackson
Supporters: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ulaanbaatar City Government
Supporters in Venice: PDG Arte Communications, Valorizzazioni Culturali
Sponsors: MIAT - Mongolian Airlines, Xac Bank, Erel Group,
Monnis Group, Max Group,

Shangri-La Ulaanbaatar LLC, Monre Insurance,
Mahoney Liotta, Bats Urguu and other

private entities and individuals
Venue: Istituto Santa Maria della Pietà, Castello 3701


 

A Bonsai of My Dream: Wong Cheng Pou
BIENNALE ARTE

Promoter: The Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao S.A.R. Government, The Macao Museum of Art
Curator: Ng Fong Chao Noah
Commissioner: Paolo De Grandis
Coordinators: Carlotta Scarpa, Francesca Romana Greco
PDG Arte Communications
Supporters: Cheong Kin Lok, Lam Keng Un, Lao Chok Nam,
Leong Fei In, Sam Hou In,
Wong Cheuk Wing Benjamin
Venue: Campo della Tana, Castello 2126/A


Samson Young Songs for Disaster Relief  
BIENNALE ARTE

Co-presented by M+ and Hong Kong Arts Development Council
Guest Curator: Ying Kwok
Consulting Curator: Doryun Chong
Coordinator in Venice: PDG Arte Communications
Campo della Tana, Castello 2126

 

LINA CONDES Extra terrestrial Odyssey
in parallel to the BIENNALE ARTE

Curators: Paolo De Grandis, Magdalena Gabriel, Tamara Li /
The International Association of Art Critics affiliated with UNESCO
Coordinator: Carlotta Scarpa, PDG Arte Comunications
Venue: Palazzo Pisani - Conservatorio Benedetto Marcello, Campo S. Stefano, San Marco 2810


 

From La Biennale di Venezia & OPEN to MACRO.

International Perspectives #4
LI CHEVALIER Trajectory of Desire

Curated by Paolo De Grandis and Claudio Crescentini

MACRO Testaccio – La Pelanda


 

From la Biennale di Venezia & OPEN to MACRO.
International Perspectives #5 |
Alessandro Verdi Sulla Pelle della Pittura

Curated by Paolo De Grandis and Claudio Crescentini

MACRO Testaccio – La Pelanda

 

From La Biennale di Venezia & OPEN to MACRO.
International Perspectives #6  
Adonis and Marco Nereo Rotelli Poetry

Curated by Paolo De Grandis and Claudio Crescentini
MACRO Testaccio – La Pelanda

 

 

Karachi Tribune - Article on Paolo De Grandis

Karachi Tribune - Article on Paolo De Grandis

 

PDG Arte Communications 
is proud to announce that 
ANDORRA, AZERBAIJAN, MAURITIUS, MONGOLIA
Pavilions and the Collateral Events
from HONG KONG and MACAO
registered a total of  
560.000 visitors 

The exhibitions will be opened until 26th November 2017
 
 
 

PAVILION OF ANDORRA
Eve Ariza Murmuri

 
Venue: Istituto S. Maria della Pietà, Castello 3701
Opening hours: 10.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m. – Closed on Monday
 
Murmuri, is a reflection on universal language, an in-depth study of changes in material and the origins of form and sound. Eve Ariza works on reproducing the bowl as a container of truth and a sensory experience through its natural resonance. She purposely tears its base to reveal a mouth-like shape, thus transforming its essence and dismissing its conventional use.

 PAVILION OF AZERBAIJAN
UNDER ONE SUN. The Art of Living Together
HYPNOTICA, Elvin Nabizade

 
Venue: Palazzo Lezze, Campo S. Stefano
Opening hours: 10.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m. – Closed on Monday
 
The metaphorical title UNDER ONE SUN. The Art of Living Together, explains the subjects of this exhibition, focusing on the cultural and ethnical diversity in Azerbaijan. It is mostly about the tolerance that has developed among these groups over the years. At the same time, however, it sends a hidden message about the challenges they are facing in order to maintain peace.

PAVILION OF MAURITIUS
Speeded Up Nature
Michael Lalljee, Robert Rauschenberg, SEO, Jacques Désiré Wong So


Venue: Istituto S. Maria della Pietà, Castello 3701
Opening hours: 10.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m. – Closed on Monday

‘Art is nature speeded up and God slowed down’
‘Man and nature are entirely continuous, and… all parts of the human body and all expressions of the human face, can… be discerned in plants, flowers, and fruits…And… in minerals, especially when they are in motion.’
Malcolm de Chazal

PAVILION OF MONGOLIA
LOST IN TINGRI
Chimeddorj Shagdarjav, Munkhbolor Ganbold, Enkhtaivan Ochirbat,
Bolortuvshin Jargalsaikhan, Davaajargal Tsaschikher

 
Venue: Istituto S. Maria della Pietà, Castello 3701
Opening hours: 10.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m. – Closed on Monday

 
 
Through film, installation, sculpture and sound, the artists from across generations, question Mongolia’s future. The exhibition alludes to human nature and its effect upon society and the environment. While the context is uniquely Mongolian, the impacts are global and universal.nainst power is the struggle of memory against 'oblivion".
The goal of the Karachi Biennale is to bring art into public spaces by generating awareness, engagement and public involvement through projects that interact with the spectator to create a democratic and accessible platform.

SAMSON YOUNG
Songs for Disaster Relief
Venue: Arsenale (opposite the Biennale entrance), Campo della Tana
Opening hours: 10 am to 6 pm


Young created a new body of work that attempts to reframe the popularity of “charity singles” —purpose-made recordings for charitable causes, featuring super-group artists—as historic "events" and a culturally transformative moments in time. A perceived strangeness in the setup left a mark on Samson’s consciousness, setting him on a journey of rediscovery that informs this exhibition.

A Bonsai of My Dream - Works by WONG CHENG POU
Exhibit from Macao, China

Venue: Arsenale (opposite the Biennale entrance), Campo della Tana
Opening hours: 10 am to 6 pm
 
The exhibition draws from the idea of literati in ancient China who planted miniatures in small pots to project their pursuit of quiet and contemplative live of reclusion, suggesting an pessimistic way for counteracting inevitable conflict and contradictory.

 

 

KARACHI BIENNALE

22nd October - 5th November 2017

 

FIRST KARACHI BIENNALE

Paolo De Grandis  has been appointed international curator for the first Karachi Biennale to be held from 22nd  October to 5th  November 2017 in 12 locations within Karachi.

Yoko Ono with her memorable ONOCHORD created for OPENASIA in 2004,  Michelangelo Pistoletto with theThird Paradise, Sarah Revoltella, Max Papeschi, Marco Nereo Rotelli, Elisabetta di Sopra, Federico Nero  and Hybrid Suite - in curatorial collaboration withClaudio Crescentini and Patrizia Chianese  - are the artists selected by Paolo De Grandis for this first edition of the Karachi Biennale directed by Amin Gulgee.
Paolo De Grandis on the occasion of the inaugural tour of the first Karachi Biennale, will take part in an international symposium.  He will recount his commitment to the world of art: from his 118 exhibitions organised at the Venice Biennale, of which 64 national exhibitions and 54 events, the first participation of Taiwan at the Venice Biennale in 1995, the creation of the outer pavilions of the Venice Biennale outside the area of the Giardini and Arsenale, as well as the long-term project From la Biennale di Venezia & OPEN to MACRO and the 20 years ofOPEN, International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations.

The Karachi Bienniale will host over 150 artists  from Pakistan and around the world. Their works will be exhibited in numerous venues in the city including the monumental Narayan Jagannath Vidyala Hight School (NJV). Founded in 1855, NJV is a building of great historical and cultural value;  the Sindh Assembly headquarters has formed many social and political leaders in the country. Today, however, only a small part of the building is used, and the Karachi Biennale intends to bring attention, re-evaluate and revive this important landmark in one of the most populated cities in the world, enabling new viewers to access and recapture the story of Karachi, often obscured by the tensions due to its rapid urban growth.
Since the 1950s, when Karachi grew up from a small harbour to a mega city centre, the city attracted a large number of independent thinkers. It has been home to many influential modern and contemporary artists. Its tunnel circuit is unrivalled in the country and is one of the most lively in southern Asia. Pakistan has started to play an important role in the global map thanks to the interest that has developed around the positive international results of its artists. These results reflect the depth and vitality of the country's artistic production.
Through the architecture of  its exhibitions, symposia, performances and numerous programs for visitors, the Karachi Biennale will combine creative energies and new sparks in the local and international artistic landscape.
The theme chosen for this first edition isWitness: artists as witnesses. 
Art as a testimony of its time has always carried a great significance. This is especially true in times when memory is deeply disputed and, as stated by Kundera, "The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against 'oblivion".
The goal of the Karachi Biennale is to bring art into public spaces by generating awareness, engagement and public involvement through projects that interact with the spectator to create a democratic and accessible platform.

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