La Biennale di Venezia


07 Jun - 22 Nov 2009

53. Venice Biennial
7 June - 22 November 2009

Making Worlds

Daniel Birnbaum

2009 Awards:
Golden Lion for best National Participation to the USA: Bruce Nauman
Golden Lion for the Best Artist: Tobias Rehberger
Silver Lion for a Promising Young Artist: Nathalie Djurberg

Special Mentions:
Lygia Pape
Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset
Ming Wong
Roberto Cuoghi

Jumana Emil Abboud
Georges Adéagbo
John Baldessari
Rosa Barba
Massimo Bartolini
Thomas Bayrle
Simone Berti
Bestué /Vives
Mike Bouchet
Ulla Von Brandenburg
André Cadere
Paul Chan
Chen Zhen
Nikhil Chopra
Chu Yun
Tony Conrad
Roberto Cuoghi
Keren Cytter
Nathalie Djurberg
Anju Dodiya
Gino De Dominicis
Elena Elagina, Igor Makarevich
Öyvind Fahlström
Lara Favaretto
Hans-Peter Feldmann
Spencer Finch
Ceal Floyer
William Forsythe
Yona Friedman
Sunil Gawde
Gilbert & George
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster
Sheela Gowda
Tamara Grcic
Akira Kanayama
Sadamasa Motonaga
Saburo Murakami
Shozo Shimamoto
Kazuo Shiraga
Atsuko Tanaka
Tsuruko Yamazaki
Jiro Yoshihara
Michio Yoshihara
Gonkar Gyatso
Jan Håfström
Anawana Haloba
Rachel Harrison
Susan Hefuna
Carsten Höller
Huang Yong Ping
Joan Jonas
Miranda July
Rachel Khedoori
Toba Khedoori
Koo Jeong A.
Moshekwa Langa
Sherrie Levine
Arto Lindsay
Renata Lucas
Goshka Macuga
Gordon Matta-Clark
Cildo Meireles
Aleksandra Mir
Moscow Poetry Club
Yoko Ono
Jorge Otero-Pailos
Blinky Palermo
Lygia Pape
Anna Parkina
Philippe Parreno
Pavel Pepperstein
Alessandro Pessoli
Falke Pisano
Michelangelo Pistoletto
Att Poomtangon
Marjetica Potrc
Sara Ramo
Tobias Rehberger
Pietro Roccasalva
Tomas Saraceno
Amy Simon
Simon Starling
Pascale Marthine Tayou
Wolfgang Tillmans
Rirkrit Tiravanija
Grazia Toderi
Madelon Vriesendorp
Tian Tian Wang
Richard Wentworth
Pae White
Cerith Wyn Evans & Florian Hecker
Xu Tan
Haegue Yang
Héctor Zamora
Anya Zholud

The 53rd International Art Exhibition, titled Fare Mondi // Making Worlds // Bantin Duniyan // Weltenmachen // Construire des Mondes // Fazer Mundos, directed by Daniel Birnbaum and organized by La Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta, is open to the public from June 7th to November 22nd 2009 in the Giardini (50,000 sq.m.) and the Arsenale (38,000 sq.m) as well as in various other locations around the city.

The Director of the 53rd Exhibition, Daniel Birnbaum, has been Rector of the Staedelschule Frankfurt/Main and its Kunsthalle Portikus since 2001. Making Worlds, presented in the renewed Palazzo delle Esposizioni in the Giardini and in the Arsenale, is a single, large exhibition that articulates different themes woven into one whole. It is not divided into sections. Considering collectives, it comprises works by over 90 artists from all over the world and includes many new works and on-site commissions in all disciplines.

“The title of the exhibition, Making Worlds – says Director Daniel Birnbaum – expresses my wish to emphasize the process of creation. A work of art represents a vision of the world and if taken seriously it can be seen as a way of making a world. The strength of the vision is not dependent on the kind or complexity of the tools brought into play. Hence all forms of artistic expression are present: installation art, video and film, sculpture, performance, painting and drawing, and a live parade. Taking ́worldmaking ́ as a starting point, also allows the exhibition to highlight the fundamental importance of certain key artists for the creativity of successive generations, just as much as exploring new spaces for art to unfold outside the institutional context and beyond the expectations of the art market. Making Worlds is an exhibition driven by the aspiration to explore worlds around us as well as worlds ahead. It is about possible new beginnings—this is what I would like to share with the visitors of the Biennale.”

For the direction of the exhibition Daniel Birnbaum is supported by Jochen Volz, artistic organization. Additional advice is provided by an international team of correspondents consisting of Savita Apte, Tom Eccles, Hu Fang, and Maria Finders.

Tags: Koo Jeong A, Jumana Emil Abboud, Georges Adéagbo, John Baldessari, Rosa Barba, Massimo Bartolini, Thomas Bayrle, Simone Berti, Bestué/Vives, Mike Bouchet, Ulla von Brandenburg, André Cadere, Paul Chan, Po-i Chen, Nikhil Chopra, Tony Conrad, Roberto Cuoghi, Keren Cytter, Nathalie Djurberg, Anju Dodiya, Gino de Dominicis, Cerith Wyn Evans, Öyvind Fahlström, Lara Favaretto, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Spencer Finch, Ceal Floyer, William Forsythe, Yona Friedman, Gilbert & George, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Sheela Gowda, Tamara Grcic, Guyton\Walker, Gonkar Gyatso, Anawana Haloba, Rachel Harrison, Florian Hecker, Susan Hefuna, Carsten Höller, Joan Jonas, Miranda July, Rachel Khedoori, Toba Khedoori, Moshekwa Langa, Sherrie Levine, Renata Lucas, Goshka Macuga, Igor Makarevich, Gordon Matta-Clark, Cildo Meireles, Li Ming, Aleksandra Mir, Sadamasa Motonaga, Saburo Murakami, Bruce Nauman, Yoko Ono, Blinky Palermo, Lygia Pape, Anna Parkina, Philippe Parreno, Pavel Pepperstein, Alessandro Pessoli, Huang Yong Ping, Falke Pisano, Michelangelo Pistoletto, M. Pistoletto, Marjetica Potrc, Sara Ramo, Tobias Rehberger, Pietro Roccasalva, Tomás Saraceno, Kazuo Shiraga, Museo Aero Solar, Simon Starling, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Grazia Toderi, Richard Wentworth, Pae White, Ming Wong, Tsuruko Yamazaki, Haegue Yang, Hu Yun, Héctor Zamora, Chen Zhen, Anya Zholud