6 Official Collateral Events at Venice Biennale 2019 Not To Miss

April 27, 2019

One of the most anticipated international art events of the year, the 58th Venice Biennale will take place between May and November this year, divided into two exhibitions at the main venues, the Arsenale and the central pavilion in the Giardini. Running under the title May You Live in Interesting Times, which alludes to periods of crisis, uncertainty and turmoil, the 2019 Art Biennale will not have a theme per se, but it will highlight a general approach to making art and a view of art’s social function as embracing both pleasure and critical thinking.

In addition to the main arts exhibition in two locations, the huge number of national pavilions, and plenty of coinciding exhibitions, the Biennale will also present a range of collateral events. The audience will have an opportunity to visit 21 collateral events at the international exhibition of Venice Biennale, which will offer greater curatorial fluidity and significant enrichment to the main exhibition and its themes from a specific and focused perspective.

If you don't have time to visit them all, be sure to check out these six collateral Biennale exhibitions scattered throughout the city.

Featured image: Installation view of "Living Rocks: A Fragment of the Universe" by James Darling and Lesley Forwood.

AFRICOBRA: Nation Time

Curated by Jeffreen M. Hayes, Ph.D., AFRICOBRA: Nation Time will be the first major exhibition of the collective's work in Europe. Founded on the South Side of Chicago in 1968 by a collective of young Black artists, AFRICOBRA sought to create a Transnational Black Aesthetics characterized by vibrant, “cool-ade” colors, bold text, shine and positive images of Black people. Understanding the potential power visual art has to communicate deep meaning on multiple layers, the collective significantly shaped the visual voice of the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 70s.

The next chapter of AFRICOBRA: Messages to the People, which premiered at MOCA North Miami, will bring together more than 40 works by artists such as Jeff Donaldson, Gerald Williams, Jae Jarrell, Wadsworth Jarrell, Barbara Jones-Hogu, Napoleon Jones-Henderson, and Nelson Stevens, accompanied by historic documentation, archival photographs and other ephemera.

Presented by bardoLA and originated and supported by the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, the exhibition will take place at Ca'Faccanon in Venice from May 11th until November 24th, 2019.

Featured image: Jae Jarrell - Going to NYC. Courtesy of Kavi Gupta Gallery.

Georg Baselitz at Gallerie dell’Accademia

During the Venice Biennale, the audience will also have an opportunity to see a major retrospective of the work by the renowned German artist Georg Baselitz. This will be the first exhibition by a living artist to be presented at the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice.

Curated by Professor Kosme de Barañano, the exhibition will trace the periods and critical junctures in the artist’s extraordinary 60-year career through paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures. It will also present a cycle of rarely seen works exploring the artist's relationship with Italy and the academic tradition.

Supported by Gagosian, the exhibition Baselitz - Academy will take place at the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice from May 8th until September 8th, 2019.

Featured image: Georg Baselitz - Large Head, 1966. Chiaroscuro woodcut, printed from two blocks, in black over brown and green, on primed paper; 47.6 x 40.3 cm; Privately owned © Georg Baselitz. Photo: Jochen Littkemann, Berlin

Philippe Parreno at Louis Vuitton Venice

Hosted at the Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton Venice, the exhibition of works by Philippe Parreno will bring a range of media such as films, information technology, soundtracks, drawings, videos, sculptures. This polyphonic, multiform show explores the potentials of perception, offering new ways to see and understand reality.

Parreno is known for examining different approaches to narration and representation through work spanning film, sculpture, performance, drawing and text. Approaching the exhibition as a medium, he continues to question and reinvent its format.

Philippe Parreno will be on view at the Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton Venice from May 11th until November 24th, 2019.

Featured image: Philippe Parreno by Andrea Rossetti

Beverly Pepper - Art in the Open

Organized by Fondazione Progetti Beverly Pepper, the exhibition Beverly Pepper: Art in the Open at Spazio Thetis will bring together the original version of the artist's large sculptures Todi Columns, two large recent sculptures, as well as a wide selection of photographs of the artist and the preparatory models of the future Park of Beverly Pepper. Curated by Massimo Mattioli, the show is part of the wider project titled Beverly Pepper between Todi and the World.

Distancing herself from any specific movements, Beverly Pepper is celebrated for her monumental sculptures, site-specific works and land art.

The exhibition Beverly Pepper: Art in the Open will take place at Spazio Thetis in Venice from May 11th until May 24th, 2019.

Featured image: Beverly Pepper - Helena.

Living Rocks: A Fragment of the Universe

Artists James Darling and Lesley Forwood, Jumpgate, composer Paul Stanhope, and the Australian String Quartet collaborated on a project which connects the present day to the beginning of life. Titled Living Rocks: A Fragment of the Universe, the exhibition provides a complete panorama view on the coastline of South Australia from three billion years ago, through to the present day. What remains unchanged are the humble thrombolite sculptures created by the artists from mallee trees felled on their property over 20 years ago.

The exhibition Living Rocks: A Fragment of the Universe will take place at Magazzini del Sale n.5 in Venice from May 8th until November 34th, 2019.

Featured image: Installation view of "Living Rocks: A Fragment of the Universe" by James Darling and Lesley Forwood.

Todd Williamson at The MAK

Organized by The MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Todd Williamson’s site-specific installation at Chiesa di Santa Maria della Pietà illustrates ideas of order and tradition, examining the deep uncertainty and uncontrollable political, social, and cultural movements of our time. The exhibition features large scale canvases which propose a new layer to the deep patina of aging plaster and brick in the church. Drawing from the site’s formal proportions and material richness, these works invites a meditative, sequential process of reflection and contemplation, at the same time challenging the perceived order of tradition.

The exhibition Processional will be on view at Chiesa di Santa Maria della Pietà in Venice from May 9th until November 24th, 2019.

Featured image: Todd Williamson - Processional.

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