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Bahamian artist chosen for world’s most prestigious art exhibition
By Dionne Benjamin-Smith
Mar 6, 2015 - 6:36:23 AM

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The list of artists for curator’s Okwui Enwezor’s “All the World’s Futures” at the 56th Venice Biennale 2015 has been released. The show consists of over 136 artists from fifty-three countries, including Bahamian artist Lavar Munroe. The Biennale will also feature a space for live programming in the Central Pavilion designed by David Adjaye called The Arena.

“The linchpin of this program will be the epic live reading of all three volumes of Karl Marx’s Das Kapital,” Enwezor states. “Here, Das Kapital will serve as a kind of Oratorio that will be continuously read live, throughout the exhibition’s seven months’ duration.” The Biennale has also commissioned Kara Walker to direct a new production of Vincenzo Bellini's Norma (1831), which will be staged at La Fenice Opera House.

Paolo Baratta, chairman and president of the Biennale states, “Okwui does not claim to pass judgement or prognosticate; his wish is to bring together arts and artists from throughout the world and from different disciplines, to instate a Parliament of Forms, as it were. A global Exhibition where we may question or at least listen to artists. 136 artists have been summoned, of which 88 for the first time. They come from 53 countries, and many of them from geographical areas that we paradoxically insist on defining as peripheral. Of works on display, 159 are expressly realized for this year’s edition. This will also help us uncover the latest tendencies regarding the geography and routes taken by contemporary art, thanks to a special project focusing on the Curricula of the artists operating around the world. A Parliament for a Biennale of varying and intense vitality, therefore.”

The fifty-sixth edition of the Venice Biennale opens May 9 with previews beginning May 6, and runs through November 22.

CLICK HERE for full list of artists at Art Forum.
CLICK HERE to visit the Venice Biennale’s official website.
CLICK HERE for Lavar Munroe’s website.


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