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By Culturekiosque Staff

MUNICH, 6 DECEMBER 2013 — The 56th International Art Exhibition, to be held in 2015 (Venice, Giardini and Arsenale, 9 May - 22 November 2015), has been entrusted to Okwui Enwezor, the Nigerian-born American educator, critic, independent curator and the current director of the Haus der Kunst in Munich. In Venice, the 50-year-old Mr. Enwezor will succeed Massimiliano Gioni, the New Museum’s associate director and director of exhibitions.

At the end of the meeting of the Board of Directors of la Biennale di Venezia, chairman Paolo Baratta stated: "We have closed an extraordinary research exhibition, which was brought to term with great success by Massimiliano Gioni, and had the record number of visitors, particularly young visitors. This success demonstrates the ever-widening range of people that directly enjoys the cultural and the emotional experience that the Biennale can provide. For the next edition, we now turn to a person who has a great many experiences to his name, with an ample history of activities and studies in a wide range of topics concerning art. Enwezor has investigated, in particular, the complex phenomenon of globalization in relation to local roots. His personal experience is a decisive starting point for the geographic range of his analysis, for the temporal depth of recent developments in the art world, and for the variegated richness of the present."

In response, Okwui Enwezor has stated: "No event or exhibition of contemporary art has continuously existed at the confluence of so many historical changes across the fields of art, politics, technology, and economics, as la Biennale di Venezia. La Biennale di Venezia is the ideal place to explore all of these dialectical fields of reference, and the institution of la Biennale itself will be a source of inspiration in planning the Exhibition."

"I congratulate Okwui Enwezor on his appointment, which is an extraordinary recognition of his work, and which reflects on the international value that Okwui Enwezor's activities and influence bring to Haus der Kunst," said Ludwig Spaenle, the Bavarian State Minister for Education, Science, and the Arts, commenting on the appointment.

Born in Calabar in Nigeria in 1963, Okwui Enwezor, was the Artistic Director and guest curator of Documenta 11 in 2002. He was responsable for the excellent Short Century exhibition of post-1945 African art in Munich, Berlin, Chicago and at PS1 in New York,  the Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporaneo de Sevilla in 2006, the Gwangju Biennale in South Korea in 2008, and the Triennale d’Art Contemporain of Paris at the Palais de Tokyo in 2012. In addition, he was the Artistic director of the 2nd Johannesburg Biennale, 1997. He is the publisher and founding editor of Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, a critical art journal co-published with the African Studies Center at Cornell University. A poet, critic, and curator, Enwezor has written extensively on contemporary African art and artists, as well as on American and international art and artists. His recent essays have appeared in numerous international exhibition catalogues and books, including Future, Present, Past (47th Venice Biennale), Inklusion Exklusion (Steirischer Herbst, Graz, Austria), Transforming the Crown (Studio Museum in Harlem and Bronx Museum) and Contemporary South African Art: Gencor Collection (Jonathan Ball Publishers, Johannesburg).

Headline Image: Okwui Enwezor
Photo: © Jeff Weiner

Travel Calendar Tip: Stockholm 

Dynasty and Divinity: Ife Art in Ancient Nigeria
Through 6 January 2014
Världskulturmuseerna (The Museum of World Culture)
Stockholm, Sweden

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