57. Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte
Curator: Christine Macel

13 May – 26 November 2017

Erwin Wurm, Brigitte Kowanz, Christa Steinle, Introduction of the nominees for the Austrian Pavilion at the press conference on April 1st 2016: Erwin Wurm, Brigitte Kowanz, Christa Steinle
Erwin Wurm, Brigitte Kowanz, Christa Steinle, Introduction of the nominees for the Austrian Pavilion at the press conference on April 1st 2016: Erwin Wurm, Brigitte Kowanz, Christa Steinle

Austrian Commissioner
Christa Steinle

Brigitte Kowanz
Erwin Wurm

Website oft he contribution

12th May 2017

Cultural Minister Drozda opens the Austrian Pavilion at the 57. Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte.

Vorschau 2018

Verena Konrad kuratiert Österreich-Pavillon in Venedig. Bundesminister Drozda bestellt Kommissärin für Architekturbiennale 2018

Eine ausgewiesene ...

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Venedig Biennale Archiv Austria

Since 1895 Austria regularly takes part in the Biennale di Venezia (Biennale). The Biennale ...

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Austrian Pavilion 2017

The concept for the Austrian Pavilion – 2017 Venice Biennale envisages two internationally successful Austrian artists: Erwin Wurm and Brigitte Kowanz. ...

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Preview 2017

In a press conference on 1 April 2016, Cultural Minister Josef Ostermayer announced Austria’s contribution to the 57th Biennale di Venezia, 13 May ...

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Concept of Commissioner Christa Steinle for the Austrian Pavilion at the Biennale di Venezia 2017 and reasons for the selection of artists

“Art adds value to life.”

My exhibition concept for the Austrian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2017 presents two Austrian artists ...

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Erwin Wurm

“Regardless of whether we seek to cope with life with diet or a philosophy, ultimately we all fail.”

Erwin Wurm is one of those artists ...

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Brigitte Kowanz

“Perception is translation, art is transformation — an interaction between showing and imagining, which also makes transparent the criteria and premises ...

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Austria’s contributions are organised and implemented on commission by the Austrian Federal Chancellery and are significantly co-financed by it. They are a starting point for a lively, internationally oriented discussion and strengthen the country’s successful presence and the world-wide renown of Austrian arts, culture and architecture. Austria’s presentations at the Biennale contribute to a vibrant and creative art scene inside and outside Austria. The Venice Biennale is not just a magnet for art enthusiasts from all over the world, it is also an important forum attracting people from around the globe.

Being one of the most significant art exhibitions world-wide, the Venice Biennale is more than a periodic show of the creative achievements of different nations. For decades, it has decisively contributed to contemporary discourse and cultural development. Since 1895 artists from all over the world have presented their works in the national pavilions of the Venice Biennale, which has been complemented by the biannual International Architecture Exhibition since 1980.

The diversity of contributions and country presentations exhibited in the pavilions of the Giardini provide a suitable setting for showcasing the current works of art and architecture for an international audience. Austria was already invited to the very first Biennale in 1895 and ever since, has participated in each Biennale – with two exceptions – and all Architecture Exhibitions.

A review of previous contributions illustrates the great variety of the positions exhibited there. The spectrum of Austrian contributions ranges from Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka to the manifold positions of contemporary art, such as Maria Lassnig, Bruno Gironcoli, Arnulf Rainer, VALIE EXPORT, Franz West, Herbert Brandl, Mathias Poledna, Markus Schinwald, Dorit Margreiter, Walter Pichler, Elke Krystufek and Heimo Zobernig, to name just a few. They all showed their works in the Austrian pavilion and successfully represented Austria as a country of the arts. In the field of architecture, too, major projects have been implemented. When Austria participated for the first time in 1991, the country contributed 13 Austrian positions under curator Hans Hollein. Innovation, mutual exchanges and openness to experimental projects permitted inspiration and further development.