ILLUMInations is the title of the 54th Venice Biennale which opens its gates on June 4, 2011
The 54th International Art Exhibition, directed by Bice Curiger, will run from June 4th to November 27th, 2011 at the Giardini and Arsenale venues and elsewhere around Venice. The show is titled ILLUMInations, and will be set up in the Central Pavilion at Giardini and at the Arsenale forming a single itinerary that will feature 82 artists from all over the world.
Like all the years before Hatje Cantz is producing several catalogues on the occassion of the Biennial.
The Exhibition will be paralleled by 89 National Participations, a record for the Art Biennale (they were 77 in 2009). The countries that will be participating for the first time include Andorra, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, and Haiti. Other countries will be participating after a long period of absence.
37 Collateral Events will be arranged by international organizations and institutions, which will set up their exhibitions and initiatives in various locations around the city.
During the opening ceremony on June 4th, the two artists Sturtevant and Franz West will receive the Golden Lions for Lifetime Achievement. The jury also awards the following prizes: Golden Lion for the best National Participation; Golden Lion for the best artist at the ILLUMInations Exhibition; Silver Lion for a promising young artist at the ILLUMInations Exhibition.
Exhibition venues:Giardini and Arsenale
Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Closed on Mondays (excepting 6 June and 21 November, 2011)