April 14 | And the Golden Lion goes to… Carolee Schneemann
A pioneer of the happening, body art and feminist art, Carolee Schneemann will be awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale. In other news, the New Museum’s newest initiative receives a welcome boost, whilst Geneva’s Art & Public gallery moves from Switzerland to Portugal.
Artist Carolee Schneemann to receive the Golden Lion at the upcoming Venice Biennale
Awarded every two years during the Venice Biennale, this year’s edition of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement will go to artist Carolee Schneemann, who was chosen by a board of directors presided over by Paolo Baratta, upon the recommendation of biennial curator Christine Macel.
Born in 1939 in Pennsylvania, Schneemann has often been cited as one of the leading international figures of body art, having contributed greatly to its development. A pioneer of feminist performance, Schneemann has largely engaged with the issues of representation of the female body, as well as with gender and sexuality. Despite describing herself as a painter, Schneemann has experimented with a number of disciplines including kinetic theatre, as well as installation, video and photography. Her work is present in the collection of several major museums, including the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, (Madrid), Museum of Modern Art, (New York), Tate Modern, (London), Centre Georges Pompidou. (Paris) More via the Venice Biennale’s official website.
NEW INC by the New Museum to receive $250,000 award
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, a not-for-profit American foundation supporting journalism and the arts, has announced that it will donate $250,000 to the New Museum to support its initiative NEW INC.
An experimental initiative, NEW INC “is a shared workspace and professional development program” based at the New Museum, bringing together “over 100 cultural practitioners and creative entrepreneurs, including anchor tenants Rhizome and Columbia University’s GSAPP Incubator.” The funding provided by the Knight Foundation will allow the New Museum to provide fully subsidized membership to NEW INC to five new teams, focusing on experimentation and new technologies. Artforum has more information.
NEW INC — New Museum
Art & Public gallery in Geneva to relocate to Portugal
Geneva’s Art & Public gallery, founded by Pierre Huber, is closing its doors and will relocate to Azenhas do Mar, in Portugal by June 30, in its brand new location at Villa Rafaela.
Founded in 1984, the gallery, then named after Huber, worked with some of the world’s most important artists, including Sol LeWitt, Cindy Sherman, Larry Clark, Subodh Gupta and Fischli & Weiss among others. Art & Public will be at ARCO Lisbon between May 15 and 21, during which time Villa Rafaela will be open to the public, with an open day scheduled on May 18. Read more on Artforum.