Participation of France in the Venice Biennale
Unveiled on May 7th, the 56th edition of the Venice Biennale will run from May 9th to November 22nd, 2015.
Founded in 1895, the Venice Biennale will this year celebrate its 120th anniversary. It is considered as one of the most prestigious artistic events in Europe, if not in the whole world. This year, about one hundred countries will be represented by their greatest artists, including of course, France.
The poetic participation of France
Represented this year by the artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, accompanied by the exhibition curator Emma Lavigne, France will showcase an artistic musical project for this 56th edition of the Venice International Art Exhibition.
The French work is in effect an open theater showing at the Giardinis, one of the two exhibition sites covering an area of 3000 m². It was named “Rêvolution” (a mixing of the French words for “dream” and “revolution”) by its creator, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, on account of its oneiric and innovative dimension. Indeed, the French pavilion is covered by the “foam of the “sound-shaped” artwork, an expanding texture which will flow down from the top of the building, turning its neoclassic architecture into a moving, living organism, and which increases in size according to the noise level, a flow of information received and distorted”. His sculptural and sound installation should “make trees move slowly and capture their secret noise”, in the words of the artist. This French pavilion thus becomes the theater of an apparition and transforms into an experimental ecosystem revealing an original state of nature.
Active now for many years abroad, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot was the very first French artist to win the International Studio Program (PSI) in New York in 1998-99. He is currently represented by the Paula Cooper gallery (New York), the Xippas gallery (Paris, Geneva, Montevideo, Athens) and the Mario Mazzoli gallery (Berlin).