Biennials & TriennialsPeople 23-01-2017

January 23 | Tina Gverović and Marko Tadić to represent Croatia at 2017 Venice Biennale

More details on the Venice Biennale are revealed, there are new faces at the Serpentine and Paula Cooper Gallery, and the Brussels art scene loses a great asset.

Venice Biennale

The Modern Gallery in Zagreb has announced that Tina Gverović and Marko Tadić will represent Croatia at the 57th Venice Biennale, which runs from May 13 through November 26.

Branka Benčić, director of project space Apoteka, will curate the pavilion. The exhibition, entitled “Horizon Expectations,” will present new works by the artists exploring the temporary nature of the exhibition space, focusing on themes of “uncertainty, tension, and collapse.” Gverović’s work often takes the form of media installations that encompass drawings, images, audio, text, and video, and deals with issues related to space, territory, and identity. Tadic’s work, which ranges from cartoons to installations, looks at the legacy of Modernism in the fields of art and architecture. More information via Artforum.


Maison Particulière closes its doors

Brussels’ Maison Particulière, the nonprofit contemporary art center located in a private residence, has announced that it will close on April 30, 2017.

The art center’s current exhibition — ”From here to eternity” — will be its last. Amaury and Myriam de Solages, who founded the Maison Particulière six years ago, released a statement saying: “We did what we set out to do: offer an alternative perspective on art, one that is subjective and free, playful and unpretentious. Over time, this approach garnered esteem, success and the support of the public. We finish as we began, in total freedom, as we come to the close of this passionate adventure.” Visit the art space’s website for more details.

An installation at the Maison Particulière. Photo credit: Alexandre van Battel


New additions to Paula Cooper Gallery

Two new dealers have joined New York’s Paula Cooper Gallery: Jay Gorney and Lisa Cooley.

Gorney is a long-time fixture of the Manhattan art world, and has had galleries in the East Village, SoHo and Chelsea. Speaking of his decision to join Paula Cooper, Gorney said: “I missed working with artists full time, creating exhibitions, and this was a rare opportunity.” Cooley is widely considered a pioneer for opening one of the first galleries on the Lower East Side, which she closed last summer after eight years in business. “For me, Paula Cooper Gallery represents integrity, long-term vision, and connoisseurship, qualities that I wish were in greater abundance in the emerging art market,” she said. ARTnews has further details.


Changes at Serpentine

Elena Ochoa Foster has been elected as the new chair of London’s Serpentine Galleries council.

Foster is a publisher, curator, and the founder of Ivorypress — a publishing house specializing in artists’ books. She has been president of the jury at the Swiss photography award, Alt+1000, and president of the Tate International Council for five years. Read more on Artforum.

Elena Ochoa Foster, photo via

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