55th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia – German Pavilion

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GERMANY
Ai Weiwei, Romuald Karmakar, Santu Mofokeng, Dayanita Singh
Commissioner: Federal Foreign Office Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa). Curator:Susanne Gaensheimer. Venue: Pavilion at Giardini
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On Invitation of Susanne Gaensheimer the German Contribution to the 55th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale Venezia 2013 in the French Pavilion represents works of Ai Weiwei, Romuald Karmakar, Santu Mofokeng und Dayanita Singh. Information about the artists’ work presented at the Venice Biennale can be found here as of May 28.

A panel discussion held by the German pavilion at the 55th International Art Exhibition—La Biennale di Venezia 2013 in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut and the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa).
With Susanne Gaensheimer, Gilles Kepel, Simon Njami, Dayanita Singh, and Mark Terkessidis. Moderation: Koyo Kouoh

Date: Friday, May 31, 4 p.m.

Location: French pavilion, Giardini della Biennale, Venice

The German pavilion at the 55th Biennale di Venezia pursues a transnational approach. Due to the French-German cooperation at this yearʼs Biennale, the contribution curated by Susanne Gaensheimer with works by Ai Weiwei, Romuald Karmakar, Santu Mofokeng, and Dayanita Singh is held at the French pavilion. Gaensheimerʼs exhibition examines the format of the national pavilion as an open concept and explores Germany as a cosmopolitan place that is actively involved in an international network, in its art as much as in the realities of its everyday life.

In this context, the panel discussion And who are you? National representation in art today engages with the question of the contemporary significance of national representation in art. The speakers are the curator of the German pavilion, Susanne Gaensheimer; the political scientist and Islam scholar Gilles Kepel; the sociologist and cultural critic Mark Terkessidis; and the curator and author Simon Njami. The art critic and curator Koyo Kouoh moderates the debate.

Susanne Gaensheimer is director of the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, and already curated the German pavilion in 2011, when her installation of the art of Christoph Schlingensief was awarded the Golden Lion for Best Pavilion.

Dayanita Singh is one of the participating artists in this yearʼs German contribution.

Gilles Kepel is an islam scholar, sociologist, and political scientist. He has worked on aspects of radical Islam; his book “The War for Muslim Minds: Islam and the West” was published in 2004.

Mark Terkessidis is a journalist and writer who focuses on pop culture, racism, and migration; his book “Interkultur” came out in 2010.

Simon Njami is a writer and curator of numerous exhibitions of African contemporary art such as “African Remix” (2004–2007); he was also co-curator of the first African pavilion at the 2007 Venice Biennale.

Koyo Kouoh was an advisor to the artistic directors of documentas 12 and 13 and is the founder and director of RAW MATERIAL COMPANY, a mobile exhibition space for artistic practices and the exchange of critical ideas headquartered in Dakar.

The panel discussion And who are you? National representation in art today is held by the German pavilion in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut and the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen – ifa). The German contribution is realized on behalf of the Federal Foreign Office and in cooperation with the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen – ifa). The Goethe-Institut and the ifa Freunde des Deutschen Pavillon / Biennale Venedig e.V. support the German Pavilion. The Sparkassen-Kulturfonds of the German Savings Banks Association is main sponsor of the German Pavilion at the 55th International Art Exhibition—La Biennale di Venezia.

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