May 15 | Anne Imhof steals the show, and the prize at the 57th Venice Biennale
German artist Anne Imhof holds the attention of the contemporary art world, winning on Saturday the Golden Lion for the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
Take a look inside the Biennale’s “Viva Arte Viva” show via H A P P E N I N G
Anne Imhof and Franz Erhard Walther awarded Golden Lion at 57th Venice Biennale
On Saturday, May 13, the German pavilion was awarded the top prize at the 57th edition of the Venice Biennale. The Golden Lion Award, for best national participation, was swept up by German artist Anne Imhof. The installation and performance artist, whose piece Faust stole the show at the event, was heralded as an “original response to the architecture of the pavilion.” Faust was described as “a powerful and disturbing installation that poses urgent questions about our time… [pushing] the spectator to a state of anxiety.” Imhof also recently won a 2017 Absolut Art Award.
The Golden Lion for best artist in the central show — Christine Macel’s exhibition “Viva Arte Viva” — went to German artist Franz Erhard Walther, while the Silver Lion for promising young artist went to Hassan Khan. An honorable mention for national participation went to Brazil, which featured artist Cinthia Marcelle. The Venice Biennale runs through November 26. For details of the prizes, see here.
Anne Imhof, Faust at the Venice Biennale © Nadine Fraczkowski
Curator announced for sixth Moscow International Biennale for Young Art
For the 2018 edition of the Moscow Biennale, Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti will head the main exhibition under the theme of “Abracadabra,” with an emphasis on performance, video, and sound. “Investigating the relationship between independent agency, pleasure and commitment… ‘Abracadabra,’ will be dedicated to the pressure to perform of contemporary life,” says Calabrò Visconti.
The young independent curator from Italy is currently participating in the curatorial programme at De Appel Arts Centre in Amsterdam. As one of the largest events in the Russian contemporary art world, supported by the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) and the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA), Calabrò Visconti has a big job on her hands. Details via artnet news
Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti, Democrazia borderline. © Youtube
Michael Zwack passes at 67
New York City–based artist, Michael Zwack has passed away at the age of 67.
Closely associated with the “Pictures Generation”, Zwack’s paintings often appeared alongside works by Robert Longo and Cindy Sherman. His work, like that of many of his contemporaries, often relied upon ready-made images — a response to a world of images emerging in the late 1970s. Zwack died on May 5, after battling lung cancer. Full obituary ARTnews