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COVER AND DIVIDERS : Pictures of ‘VIVA ARTE VIVA’.
Exhibition of the 57th International Art Venice Biennal
COVER : MICHAEL BLAZY
“Collection de Chaussures, 2015-2017”
Shoes, plants, soil, water, mixed media, 375 x 510 x 80 cm
Photo by Andrea Avezzù © La Biennale di Venezia

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Modem Men's London Firenze Milano Paris Spring-Summer-2018

Cover by Viva Arte Viva

For this edition, which is dedicated to the Men’s Spring/Summer 2018 season, Modem is giving “carte blanche” to “VIVA ARTE VIVA”, the 57th International Art Exhibition, curated by Cristine Macel, and organised by La Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta.
The Exhibition offers a route that unfolds over the course of nine chapters or families of artists, beginning with two introductory realms in the Central Pavilion in the Giardini, followed by seven more realms to be found in the Arsenale and the Giardino delle Vergini. There are 120 invited artists from 51 countries; 103 of these are participating for the first time.

Christine Macel has called it ‘Viva Arte Viva’ because is an Exhibition inspired by humanism.
“... This type of humanism is neither focused on an artistic ideal to follow nor is it characterised by the celebration of mankind as beings who can dominate their surroundings. If anything, this humanism, through art, celebrates mankind’s ability to avoid being dominated by the powers governing world affairs. These powers, if left to their own devices, can greatly affect the human dimension, in a detrimental sense. In this type of humanism, the artistic act is contemporaneously an act of resistance, of liberation and of generosity.”

“... Today, in a world full of conflicts and shocks, art bears witness to the most precious part of what makes us human. Art is the ultimate ground for reflection, individual expression, freedom, and for fundamental questions. Art is the last bastion, a garden to cultivate above and beyond trends and personal interests. It stands as an unequivocal alternative to individualism and indifference.”

“... The role, the voice and the responsibility of the artist are more crucial than ever before within the framework of contemporary debates. It is in and through these individual initiatives that the world of tomorrow takes shape, which though surely uncertain, is often best intuited by artists than others.”

La Biennale di Venezia
57th International Art Exhibition
“Viva Arte Viva”
Venice (Giardini and Arsenale), May 13th – November 26th 2017

Official website of Biennale Arte 2017: www.labiennale.org
Official hashtag: #BiennaleArte2017