Images from the Preview of the 56th Biennale di Venezia

“All the World’s Futures” is not so much a theme as it is a statement of intent in the sense that the exhibition comes at a particular moment of global history and I am pretty sure that every decade has had its trouble and difficulties.”

“There are three filters in the program of the exhibition. There is the “Garden of Disorder.” There is “Capital: A Live Reading” by Karl Marx. And there is “Liveness: On Epic Duration,” which is an attempt at working with the idea of how the space and time of the exhibition can go inside.”

“I am not interested in the Hegelian dialectic. I’m not interested in a kind of synthesis which summarizes everything. I don’t even think it’s possible to work with encapsulation to understand the current contemporary art today.”

“I would say the age of the Biennale was in the 90s. But the age of the Biennales is over. We are now in the age of the art fairs and auction houses. We are now in a time where we are intimate with the name of the auctioneer. That is kind of amazing that you know the name of the auctioneer!” (1)

Okwui Enwezor 

AC_8110_Terry adkins, view of Matinee 2007-2013, Plinth 2004 (from the series Black Beethoven, and Single Bound 2000  - Image #1AC_8115_Terry adkins, view of Matinee 2007-2013, Plinth 2004 (from the series Black Beethoven, and Shenandoah  1998 (from the series Deeper Still) - Image #2AC_8119_Terry adkins, matinee 2007-2013 - image #3AC_8615_Lorna simpson, Three Figures, 2014 - image #4.AC_81439M_Chris ofili image #5Joachim Schonfeldt, Factory Drawing Drawn In Situ, Matita B1 e B2 su carta Cartridge_Sketch da 180, 56. Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte - la Biennale di Venezia, All the World’s Futures, My Photo g. 42 × 30 cm.,   - image #6At the Arsenale, my photo image #7in the Giardini, my image - image #8in the arena, DAS KAPITAL Oratorio, work by Isaac Julien, my photo - image #9AC_9701_Marlene dumas - image #10Marlene Dumas, Skulls 2013-2015, my photo - image #11AC_9663_Andreas Gursky - image #12Hans Hacke,56. Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte - la Biennale di Venezia, All the World’s Futures, my photo - image #13AC_0648_Hans haacke - image #14Piper2010-13 Everything Will Be Taken Away 2 (Erasuers), 2003. _1of4 copy- image #15AC_9646_Victor man - image #16AC_8346_Isa genzken - image #17Inside the Dutch Pavilion #2, artist Herman de Vries, my photo - image #18Inside the Dutch Pavilion, artist Herman de Vries,  my photo - image #19Inside the German Pavilion, artist Tobias Zielony, my photo  - image #20in the French Pavilion, work by céleste boursier-mougenot, my photo - image #22outside the US Pavilion - image #23 jpg(1) all quotations taken from the interview Okwui Enwezor: Art World Should Shrink Its Footprint in DW online in conversation with Rainer Traube on 11.03.2015

Andrew Smaldone

56. Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte – la Biennale di Venezia, All the World’s Futures

56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, All the World’s Futures

Photos of works by Terry Atkins, Lorna Simpson, Chris Ofili, Marlene Dumas (installation view), Victor man, Isa Genzken, Adrian Piper, Hans Hacke (installation view), and Adreas Gursky by Alessandra Chemollo

Courtesy by la Biennale di Venezia

All other photos by Andrew Smaldone

Editing: Eloise Ghioni