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Austrian Pavilion, Austria at 58th Biennale of Art

The Austrian Pavilion, Austria at the Venice Biennale: the artists of the pavilion, the works, the times, the periods, the cost of the tickets and the exhibition venue.

Austrian Pavilion, Austria Venice Biennale of Art
Austrian Pavilion, Austria at Venice Biennale of Art - Giardini della Biennale, Castello - City of Venice

(Photo credit: Left to right, Norman Cohn, Zacharias Kunuk, Lizzie Qulitalik, Mary Qulitalik, Rachel Uyarashuk, Jonah Uyarashuk, Pauloosie Qulitalik, on the set of Nunaqpa (Going Inland), 1990.)

Exhibition in progress from 11 May to 24 November 2019

The 58th Biennale of Art will open to the public on 11 May 2019. But starting from a few days before the opening there will be the various openings and side events that always suddenly animate the Venetian artistic life. The title of the 58 edition of the Biennale d'Arte is May You Live In Interesting Times.

79 artists are invited to exhibit at the 58th Venice Biennale of Art, with a prevalence of women. Among them the 2 Italians Ludovica Carbotta and Lara Favaretto. The first will make a site-specific work in Forte Marghera, inside the building known as the Austrian Powder Mill.

Go to the page of the 58th Venice Art Biennale

Austrian Pavilion, Austria at 58th Biennale Arte of Venice

Title fo the exhibition at Austrian Pavilion is Discordo Ergo Sum.

Artist: Renate Bertlmann.
Curator: Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein.
Commissioner: Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria. 

Seat: Giardini

“I am happy about my wonderful task to design the Austrian Pavilion in Venice. Radical contents and aesthetics and a willingness to take risks are the main pillars of my artistic work. My visions, which have carried me for fifty years, will therefore also find an authentic expression in this place.”

- Renate Bertlmann

Press Release

2019 marks the first time in the history of Austria's participation in the Venice Biennale in which a female artist, Renate Bertlmann, will be presented in a solo exhibition in the Austrian pavilion. By selecting Bertlmann, the curator Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein wants to send a signal that is more in line with the current art scene and considers structural imbalances.

For the exhibition, Renate Bertlmann has devised a new two-part, site-specific installation that, according to its general approach, is characterized by high formal and conceptual precision. Based on the artist's axiomatic, Amo Ergo Sum, an impressive piece in front of the Pavilion and a spread of sprawling installation across the entire courtyard of the pavilion will show an artistic comment that will make the existential ambivalence of the human tangible experience both in form than in content. In this sphere, generated in a play of material and aesthetic intensities, viewers can experience a basic tension that, on the one hand, reveals itself as a critical individual and socio-political phenomenon of global developments and, on the other, clarifies the transformative potential art in reception and perception - aesthetic and socio-political contexts. The Pavilion itself serves as a contemplation zone which, in the sense of a cartographic perspective, places the central aspects of Bertlmann art from the 70s in a relationship with the new installation in Venice.

Biographical notes on Renate Bertlmann

Renate Bertlmann (born 1943 in Vienna) studied at the Academy of Arts in Oxford in 1962/63 and later at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna until 1970. After graduating in Painting and Restoration, he was a professor in the Department of Conservation and Technology at the Academy until 1982. Lives and works in Vienna.

In his work Bertlmann explores representations of roles and bodies, questioning gender relations by discussing topics such as pornography, sexuality, violence, eros and hierarchy. His works are particularly characterized by a provocative and ironic approach.
She has been a member of the Vienna Secession since 1993 and co-editor of the magazine [sic!] - Forum für femministische Gangarten since 1994. In 2007, she received the Vienna City Award and in 2017, the Austrian State Grand Prix.

Renate Bertlmann is represented by the Galerie Steinek / www.galerie. and Richard Saltoun Gallery /

Hours: Gardens from 10.00 to 18.00. Arsenale from 10.00 to 18.00 (from 10.00 to 20.00 on Friday and Saturday until September 30th). Closed on Mondays (except May 13, September 2, November 18).
Tickets: please visit the official website. On the web € 21.50 until 31 March 2019.
Phone: +39.041.5218711; fax +39.041.5218704
Web: Biennale of Venice

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