Encyclopediac Palace Highlights Biennale

Venezia - The 55th International Art Exhibition, otherwise known as The Venice Biennale, will take place in Venice from June 1st to November 24th, 2013 at the Giardini and at the Arsenale, as well as, in various venues around the city.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social network are already making their summer travel plans to attend.

Eight countries will be participating for the first time: Bahamas, Kingdom of Bahrain, Republic of Kosovo, Kuwait, Maldives, Côte d'Ivoire, Nigeria, Paraguay, and Vatican City.

"Encyclopediac Palace"

The title chosen by director Massimiliano Gioni, pictured here, for the 55th International Art Exhibition is: Il Palazzo Enciclopedico / The Encyclopedic Palace.

Gioni introduced the choice of theme, evoking the concept of the Italian-American artist Marino Auriti who on November 16, 1955 filed a design with the US Patent office depicting a Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace).

The Palace would be an imaginary museum meant to house all worldly knowledge, bringing together the greatest discoveries of the human race, from the wheel to the satellite.

Auriti’s plan was never carried out, but the dream of universal, all-embracing knowledge crops up throughout history, as one that eccentrics like Auriti share with many other artists, writers, scientists, and prophets who have tried - often in vain - to fashion an image of the world that will capture its infinite variety and richness.

“Today, as we grapple with a flood of information, such attempts to structure knowledge into all-inclusive systems seem even more necessary and even more desperate – explained Gioni.

The 55th International Exhibition of Art will explore these flights of the imagination in a show that—like Auriti’s Encyclopedic Palace—will combine works of contemporary art with historical artifacts and found objects.”

The exhibition will place at its heart “a reflection on the ways in which images have been used to organize knowledge and shape our experience of the world.”

Inspired by what scholar Hans Belting has called “an anthropology of images”, the Biennale 2013 curated by Massimiliano Gioni will attempt “an inquiry in the realms of the imaginary and the functions of imagination.

Like the theaters of memory devised in the 16th century by Venetian philosopher Giulio Camillo - mental cathedrals invented to order knowledge through pictures and magical associations - the exhibition “Encyclopedic Palace” will compile - concluded Gioni - a cartography of our image-world, composing a bestiary of the imagination.”

The 55th International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia will present, as usual, the national participations with their own exhibitions in the historic Pavilions of the Giardini, and in the centre of Venice.

This edition will also include selected Collateral Events, proposed by international bodies and institutions, who will present their exhibitions and initiatives in Venice concurrently with the 55th Exhibition.

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