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Madagascar Pavilion at 58th Venice Biennale of Art

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

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Madagascar Pavilion at Venice Biennale of Art - Arsenale, Castello - Venice

(Photo: I have forgotten the night. Joël Andrianomearisoa. 2019 installation. paper collage and sounds Variable dimensions © Patrice Sour)

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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Madagascar Pavilion at 58th Biennale Arte of Venice

Title of the Venice Biennale's Madagascar Pavilion is I have forgotten the night.

Artist: Joël Andrianomearisoa.
Curators: Rina Ralay Ranaivo, Emmanuel Daydé.
Commissioner: Ministry of Communication and Culture of the Republic of Madagascar.
Seat: Arsenale
Web: Madagascar Pavilion

Press Release of Madagascar Pavilion of 58th Venice Biennale of Art

An historic event for Madagascar Madagascar will take part in the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia with its own pavilion for the first time in its history.

Although several Western countries have attended it for more than a century, only during the last ten years have some African pavilions begun to appear, for instance, South Africa and Côte d’Ivoire.

Joël Andrianomearisoa was chosen to represent his country alongside curators Rina Ralay Ranaivo and Emmanuel Daydé, due to the invention and maturity of his work, his international reputation as well as the unconditional support of his professional network.

This first participation in La Biennale di Venezia is a historic event for Madagascar. It is a sign of dynamism and modernity for the Malagasy nation. It reflects a positive image of the country at national and international levels, despite the all too frequent predominance of either exotic or miserable images associated with it.

It is a message of hope and willingness to put the creative forces of Madagascar in the mainstream of the world.
The Madagascar Pavilion, a project of Madagascar’s Ministry of Culture, will be fully financed by national and international private funds


Joël Andrianomearisoa took his first steps as an artist in the mid-90s, when he was barely 18 years old. From the outset his work took form through performances that would earn him the cover of Revue Noire Madagascar in 1998.

He explores many disciplines, from fashion to design, video to photography, scenography to architecture, installations to visual arts. This is likely where he draws his polyphonic work from, invading every part of his viewers’ sensitive space.

As a part of this first pioneering wave of contemporary Malagasy artists he also actively participates in the cultural and artistic development of his country (Fashion festival Manja in 1998, the Sanga dance festival in 2003, Photoana festival in 2005, personal project 30 and Presque-Songes in 2007 and 2011, Parlez-moi in 2016 ...).

He first trained at an art school in Madagascar first and then rubbed shoulders with craftsmen, which put him in touch with many renowned international designers.
His training took a decisive turn at the age of 20 in France when he began studying at the École spéciale d’architecture, in Paris. In 2005, he graduated as an architect, presenting a fully graphic and textile project, far from the classic architectural approach that his research director Odile Decq had recommended.
Throughout his career, his work has been shown on five continents, including many prestigious international cultural institutions such as the Maxxi in Roma, the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin, the Smithsonian in Washington, the Centre Pompidou in Paris among many others.

In 2016, he received the Arco Madrid Audemars Piguet Prize.

Joël Andrianomearisoa is represented by galleries Sabrina Amrani (Madrid), Primo Marella (Milan) and RX (Paris)


Rina Ralay-Ranaivo started his career at the Institut Français of Madagascar.
For twelve years (2006 to 2018) ha was in charge of the artistic programming of this flagship institution of Malagasy cultural life. This transversal work enabled him to design produce and manage several projects in the field of visual arts and dance.

It gave him the opportunity to work with countless Malagasy artists (Joël Andrianomearisoa, Madame Zo, Rijasolo, Ariry Andriamoratsiresy, Pierrot Men, Christiane Ramanantsoa, ...), Pan-African artists (Kettly Noël, Omar Viktor Diop, Ballaké Sissoko ...), Oceanic artists (Pascal Montrouge, Hans Nayna, Davy Sicard...) and artists from Europe (Claude Brumachon, Moise Touré, Bernardo Montet, Pascal Maitre, The Shopping..)

Rina Ralay-Ranaivo is also a visual artist and his work has been shown in art centers and contemporary art events in Africa and Europe.
He has curated several exhibitions, all in his country, the most important of which is entitled “Ici la limite du royaume est la mer” (2018) : a collective and retrospective exhibition of the last twenty years of the history of Malagasy contemporary artistic expressions. Previously, Rina Ralay-Ranaivo had been a cultural journalist for the Malagasy newspaper La Gazette de la Grande Ile (2003 to 2005), after studying Information Science and Communication at the University of Antananarivo.

Emmanuel Daydé is an art historian, drama critic, essayist and exhibition curator, Emmanuel Daydé has organised Nuit Blanche in Paris since its creation in 2002, and written for various publications – Art Absolument, Connaissance des Arts, Art Press and Air France Magazine – interviewing Heiner Müller, Philippe Boesmans, Miquel Barcelo, Krzysztof Warlikowski or Romeo Castellucci.

The man behind exhibitions such as Ousmane Sow on the Pont des Arts, “Haïti, anges et demons” at the Halle Saint-Pierre, “Paris-Casa” at the Couvent des Cordeliers, “L’art dans le monde” at the Culée du pont Alexandre III, “Regards persans : Iran, une révolution photographique” at the Espace Electra, “C’est la vie ! Vanités de Caravage à Damien Hirst” at the Maillol museum in Paris and curator of the Lebanon Pavilion with Zad Moultaka at the 2017 Venice Biennale, he has written a number of catalogues and monographs, particularly on Fabian Cerredo, Anselme Bois-Vives, Moustapha Dimé, Youri Norstein and Aurel Cojean, as well as the preface for the exhibition “Die Ungeborenen” (The Unborn) by Anselm Kiefer at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac – Paris Pantin.

Having curated the 2018 exhibition Iarivo traduit de la nuit by Joël Andrianomearisoa at Galerie RX, Emmanuel Daydé is now co-curator of the Madagascar Pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale

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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