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Cyprus Pavilion at 58th Venice Biennale of Art

The Cyprus Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2019: the artists of the pavilion, the works, the times, the periods, the cost of the tickets and the exhibition venue.

Cyprus Pavilion Venice Biennale of Art
Cyprus Pavilion at Venice Biennale of Art - Associazione Culturale Spiazzi, Castello 3865 - Venice

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.

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Cyprus Pavilion at 58th Biennale Arte of Venice

Title of the exhibition at Cyprus Pavilion is Untimely, Again.

Artist: Christoforos Savva.
Curator: Jacopo Crivelli Visconti.
Commissioner: Louli Michaelidou. 
Seat: Associazione Culturale Spiazzi, Castello 3865

Press Release of Cyprus Pavilion

The Culture Department of the Ministry of Education and Culture announces that the Cyprus Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale of Art will present a posthumous exhibition of works by the artist Christoforos Savva (1924 - 1968).

The idea of a deep presentation of the work of Christoforos Savvas at the Venice Biennale emerged through a series of concurrences.

This year marks a double 50th anniversary for Savva, a pioneer of contemporary Cypriot art; in 1968, he was among the six artists who represented Cyprus in his first official participation at the Venice Biennale as an independent state; it is also the 50th anniversary of his premature death, shortly after the vernissage of the exhibition. The intention of the Ministry of Education and Culture to commemorate these historic anniversaries coincided with a collaboration proposal from the flagship center for contemporary art, Nicosia, for the presentation of a show that would bring Savva's work to a wider international audience.

Point Center for Contemporary Art wanted to organize a study on the work and heritage of the Cypriot artist Christoforos Savva. With this objective, the Foundation invited Italian curator and art historian Jacopo Crivelli Visconti to explore and examine both the visual production of this fundamental artist and his catalytic effect in the formation of the Cypriot artistic scene from the 50s and 60s until today, references and influences, as well as his revolutionary ideas and methods related to the wider practice of contemporary art. This initiative is focused on the need to examine and contextualize the work of Christoforos Savva through the different contemporary perspectives of the field of history and art criticism, organizing at the same time a series of exhibitions, presentations and events in museums, institutes and centers of art in Cyprus and abroad.

A further layer of relevance for this effort would be the need to revisit the history of Cypriot modernism in art, and attempt to restore its legitimacy towards the Western canon as well as any compromised or compromised notion of Cypriot modernity.

Jacopo Crivelli Visconti, who will serve as curator of the Cyprus Pavilion for the next edition of the Biennale, writes about Savva: "Christoforos Savva died in 1968, a few weeks after the opening of the first official participation of Cyprus in the Venice Biennale, a collective exhibition which included, in addition to Savva, Andreas Chrysochos, Costas Joachim, George Kyriakou, Giorgos Skotinos and Stelios Votsis Bringing Savva's work to Venice, fifty years after his untimely death and his first and only presence at the Biennale, is both a tribute to a great figure of Cypriot art, an opportunity to reflect on the processes that have shaped the image that the country has promoted abroad.As many post-colonial states, Cyprus has not had the opportunity to face the "modern" in a substantial and autonomous way, ultimately choosing to dig directly into the "contemporary", at least as regards the historiography and often the international visibility of and his artistic production. Therefore, revisiting a key moment in the recent history of the island becomes a fundamental step towards a better understanding of its contemporaneity.

The exhibition will include works from different periods of Savva's relatively short career. Starting from the 'painted landscapes' of the early years, he will focus mainly on the works of his most personal series, never seen before in Cyprus, such as the abstract paintings, the sconces and the cement reliefs, which culminate with some of his latest works - a selection of the original spiked reliefs that were included in the inaugural show of the Cyprus Pavilion in Venice. In addition to the works, the exhibition will also include documentation on the life and practice of the artist, with emphasis on the seminal experience of the Apophasic Gallery, in an attempt to contextualize not only the exceptional quality of Savva's work, but also, well beyond this is his crucial role in the consolidation of a contemporary art scene on the island ".

The proposal for the Cypriot representation was approved by the advisory committee for the selection of artists and the work of the ministry, which includes a number of independent art professionals in Cyprus.

The project of the Cyprus Pavilion will be implemented through a collaboration between the Ministry of Education and Culture, Cultural Services and the Point Center for Contemporary Art. The program of exhibitions and publications will be launched in Cyprus, with a retrospective of Nicosia preceding the show in Venice.

Christoforos Savva (1924 - 1968) was born in the village of Marathovounos, Cyprus, the second of six children in a peasant family. After serving in the Cypriot Regiment of the British Army during World War II, he moved to London to study at St. Martin's School of Art and the Central School of Art, before enrolling in Heatherley's School of Art where he studied until to 1953. During the following two years, he spent a period in Cyprus where he presented his first solo exhibitions and was involved in the local artistic environment, despite being one of the founders of the Pancyprian Union of Art Votaries.

In 1956, he returned to London and later moved to Paris for further study at the Académie Montparnasse, under André Lhote. The end of the decade found Savva settling in Nicosia, where she quickly established herself as one of the leading artists in a vibrant art scene, both through her artistic practice and through the activities of the "Decision" Gallery, Nicosia.

"Apofhasis" which he founded in 1960 in collaboration with the Welsh artist Glyn Hughes, was the first independent cultural center of the Republic of Cyprus, newly founded. As a space where synergies and creative exchanges could take place, the gallery soon became the epicenter of the island's intellectual and cultural activity, hosting numerous exhibitions, conferences, theatrical performances and film screenings.

In 1968, Savva was among the six artists invited to represent Cyprus in its first official participation at the Venice Art Biennale. Shortly thereafter, he died of a heart attack in Sheffield.

Jacopo Crivelli Visconti is an independent critic and curator based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Born in Naples, Italy, in 1973, he earned a degree in Humanities from the University of Naples and a research doctorate from the University of San Paolo, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning.

His book Novas Derivas [New Drifts], on itinerant artists and the meaning of drifting into contemporary art, was published in Portuguese by WMF Martins Fontes (Brazil) in 2014, and in Spanish by Ediciones Metales Pesados ??(Chile) in 2016. His texts and essays have appeared in contemporary art, architecture and design magazines around the world, as well as exhibition catalogs and artist monographs.

A selection of his recent projects includes: Brazil - The knife in the meat, PAC - Contemporary Art Pavilion, Milan, Italy (2018); Matriz do real time, Museu de Arte Contemporânea, São Paulo, Brazil (2018); Memórias del subdesarrollo, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, USA (2017); Hector Zamora - Dinâmica não linear, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, São Paulo, Brazil (2016); Completely Something Else, Point Center for Contemporary Art, Nicosia, Cyprus (2016); Sean Scully, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil (2015); 12 Bienal de Cuenca, Equador (2014 - chief curator); Liberdade em Movimento, Fundação Iberê Camargo, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2014); Alimentário, Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2014).

Point Center for Contemporary Art is a non-profit organization in Nicosia, funded in 2012, and dedicated to creative support and promotion of contemporary cultural production. It aims to promote a multidisciplinary and critical commitment with new trends in art, architecture, film, music and sound, performance, speech and thought.

Since 2013, Point has commissioned and hosted solo exhibitions of Cypriot artists, including Haris Epaminonda (2013); Michael Anastassiades (2014); Christodoulos Panayiotou (2015); Phanos Kyriacou (2017); Stelios Kallinikou (2017); Lito Kattou (2018) and Maria Hassabi (2018 scheduled). As part of his annual residency program, Point invited a number of international artists to Cyprus such as Rosa Barba, Pawel Althamer and Victor Costales and Julia Rometti, as well as acclaimed curators and theorists including Hans Urlich Obrist, Donald Albrecht and Susanne Pfeffer .

For a second consecutive edition, the Cyprus Pavilion will be hosted at the Spiazzi Cultural Association, Castello 3865, 30124 Venice.

The 58th Venice Biennale, under the artistic direction of Ralph Rugoff, opens May 8, 2019 for press and accredited professionals and May 11 for the general public.

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