VENICE, ITALY - 11 MAY 2017: (L-R) Aldo Izzo (86) and artist Hadassa Goldvicht are seen here by Goldvicht's installation "The House of Life" at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia in Venice, Italy, on May 11th 2017.
The House of Life, a poetic and expansive installation by
Hadassa Goldvicht, explores themes of historical memory; the threshold between life, death,
myth, and art; and the rapidly changing nature of Venice, via a multi-channel video work
installed at the Querini Stampalia in conjunction with the Venice Biennale. Presented by the
Israel Museum, Jerusalem, in collaboration with Meislin Projects, the exhibition follows
Aldo Izzo, the 86-year-old guardian and keeper of the Jewish cemeteries in Venice.
The 57th International Art Exhibition, titled VIVA ARTE VIVA and curated by Christine Macel, is organized by La Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta. "Viva Arte Viva is an exclamation, a passionate outcry for art and the state of the artist. Viva Arte Viva is a Biennale designed with artists, by artists and for artists, about the forms they propose, the questions they ask, the practices they develop and the ways of life they choose", Christine Macel says.
Rather than broaching a single theme, Viva Arte Viva offers a route that moulds the artists’ works and a context that favours access and understanding, generating connections, resonances and thoughts. VIVA ARTE VIVA will unfold 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. 120 are the invited artists from 51 countries; 103 of these are participating for the first time.
The Exhibition will also include 85 National Participations in the historic Pavilions at the Giardini, at the Arsenale and in the historic city centre of Venice. 3 countries will be participating for the first time: Antigua and Barbuda, Kiribati, Nigeria.