03.09.2015

Liechtenstein participates in the Venice Art Biennale for the first time

This October, Liechtenstein will take part in the international art exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, for the first time. After Liechtenstein's participation in the Venice Architecture Biennale last year, the country's exhibition will be housed in the Palazzo Trevisan, courtesy of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, from 23 October to 1 November.

 

"The cooperation between the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Education and Culture and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia is a stroke of luck. Thanks to this cooperation, Liechtenstein can be present at the Biennale exhibitions in Venice with a reasonable amount of resources," says Minister Aurelia Frick. The Venice Art Biennale is one of the most important art events in the world. 

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Education and Culture has commissioned the fine arts museum Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein to serve as project leader, and the art association Kunstverein Schichtwechsel has been appointed as curator.

With reference to this year's motto of the Biennale, "All the World's Futures", Liechtenstein's exhibition in Venice entitled "The Silver Lining" will show contemporary art from Liechtenstein and other small states with close ties to Liechtenstein. The Kunstverein Schichtwechsel has invited young artists from Liechtenstein, Iceland, Luxembourg, and Montenegro to participate.

The following artists will take part in the Biennale: Beate Frommelt and Anna Hilti from Liechtenstein; Gabríela Friðriksdóttir, Gunnhildur Hauksdóttir and Anna Fríða Jónsdóttir from Iceland; Karolina Markiewicz and Pascal Piron from Luxembourg, and Adrijana Gvozdenović and Natalija Vujošević from Montenegro. These artists will create new works on site especially for the Silver Lining project.

"Liechtenstein's first exhibition at the Venice Art Biennale is a wonderful opportunity for our small country to present our cultural landscape and open-mindedness to the world," says Minister Frick. "The concept of presenting ourselves together with artists from other small countries underscores Liechtenstein's international outlook. At the same time, I am looking forward to the artists' critical examination of the influence of being from or living in a small state."

Website for Liechtenstein's exhibition at the Biennale:

www.silverlining.li


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