2011 Venice Biennale Gets Convolutedly Capitalized Name, Venetian Godfather

10/26/2010 11:30 AM |

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Over the weekend the 2011 Venice Biennale‘s power-rankings-leaping curator Bice Curiger announced broad thematic details of next year’s event:

La Biennale is one of the world’s most important forums for the dissemination and “illumination” about the current developments in international art. The title of the 54th Exhibition, ILLUMInations literally draws attention to the importance of such developments in a globalised (sic) world.

Meaning… lots of light and video art by international artists? Okay… The choice of a Venetian artist as symbolic emblem of the high-stakes show makes a little more sense.

Curiger’s statement continues: “The work of Venetian painter Tintoretto will play a prominent role in ILLUMInations.” Two of the proto-Baroque Venitian Renaissance painter’s (1518-1594) most famous pieces, “The Last Supper” (1592-1594) and “The Miracle of the Slave” (1548) are on view in Venice, although how exactly his work will figure in Bienniale programming is unclear. In the meantime, here’s an interview with official 2011 U.S. reps Allora & Calzadilla on their public social sculpture “Chalk” in Lima.