The Encyclopedic Palace

May 8, 2013 § Leave a comment

The 55th International Venice Biennale art exhibition, titled Il Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace), includes this year: Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, United Arab Emirates. And for the first time the Kingdom of Bahrain and Kuwait.

Self-portrait by Tarek Al-Ghoussein

Self-portrait by Tarek Al-Ghoussein

  • KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN: In a World of Your Own

Artists: Mariam Haji, Waheeda Malullah, Camille Zakharia. Commissioner: Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, Minister of Culture. Curator: Melissa Enders-Bhatia. Venue: Pavilion at Arsenale

  • EGYPT: Treasuries of Knowledge

Artists: Mohamed Banawy, Khaled Zaki. Commissioner: Ministry of Culture. Curator: Khaled Zaki. Venue: Pavilion at Giardini        

  • IRAQ: Welcome to Iraq

Artists: Abdul Raheem Yassir, Akeel Khreef, Ali Samiaa, Bassim Al-Shaker, Cheeman Ismaeel, Furat al Jamil, Hareth Alhomaam, Jamal Penjweny, Kadhim Nwir, WAMI (Yaseen Wami, Hashim Taeeh). Commissioner: Tamara Chalabi. Deputy: Vittorio Urbani. Curator: Jonathan Watkins. Venue: Ca’ Dandolo, San Tomà, Venezia. See  www.theiraqpavilion.com

  • KUWAIT: National Works

Artists: Sami Mohammad, Tarek Al-Ghoussein. Commissioner: Mohammed Al-Asoussi (National Council for Culture, Arts, and Letters). Curator: Ala Younis. Venue: Palazzo Michiel del Brusà, Cannaregio, 4391/A (Strada Nova)

  • LEBANON: Letter To A Refusing Pilot

Artist: Akram Zaatari. Commissioner: APEAL. Curators: Sam Bardaouil, Till Fellrath. Venue: Pavilion at Arsenale. See www.lebanonatvenice.com

  • SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC: CARA AMICA ARTE

Artists: Giorgio De Chirico, Miro George, Makhowl Moffak, Al Samman Nabil, Echtai Shaffik, Giulio Durini, Dario Arcidiacono, Massimiliano Alioto, Felipe Cardena, Roberto Paolini, Concetto Pozzati, Sergio Lombardo, Camilla Ancilotto, Lucio Micheletti, Lidia Bachis, Cracking Art Group, Hannu Palosuo. Commissioner: Christian Maretti. Curator: Duccio Trombadori. Venue: Isola di San Servolo

  •  TURKEY: Resistance

Artist: Ali Kazma. Commissioner: Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts. Curator: Emre Baykal. Venue: Pavilion at Arsenale. See pavilionofturkey.iksv.org

  •  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Walking on Water

Artist: Mohammed Kazem. Commissioner: Lamees Hamdan. Curator: Reem Fadda. Venue: Pavilion at Arsenale. See www.uaepavilion.org

>>> The Future of a Promise was in 2011 the Venice Biennale’s largest Pan-Arab exhibition of contemporary art.

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