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The Venice Biennale - 52nd International Art Exhibition
Aernout Mik - Videostill from Mock Up, 2007
The Dutch Pavilion "Citizens and Subjects"
'multichannel' video installation consisting of three works (Training Ground, 2007; Convergencies, 2007; Mock Up, 2007)

The Venice Biennale - 52nd International Art Exhibition

Think with the Senses – Feel with the Mind. Art in the Present Tense

Ignasi Aballí » Adel Abdessemed » AES+F » Mounira Al Solh » Francis Alÿs » Alexander Hnilitsky & Lesia Zaiats » Alterazioni Video » Ghada Amer » Lyle Ashton Harris » Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin » Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin » Sonia Balassanian » Oladélé Ajiboyé Bamgboyé » Yto Barrada » Gabriele Basilico » Zoulikha Bouabdellah » Sergey Bratkov » Gerard Byrne » Sophie Calle » Sophie Calle » Loulou Cherinet » Amrit Chusuwan » Jacob Dahlgren » José Damasceno » Sascha de Boer » Willie Doherty » Sahar Dourgham » James Drake » Fouad Elkoury » Tracey Emin » Haris Epaminonda » VALIE EXPORT » Steingrimur Eyfjörd » Mounir Fatmi » CAO Fei » Ângela Ferreira » George Fikry » YANG Fudong » Rainer Ganahl » Tomer Ganihar » Isa Genzken » Shaun Gladwell » Felix Gmelin » Felix Gonzalez-Torres » Felix Gonzalez-Torres » Neil Hamon » Marine Hugonnier » Pierre Huyghe » Ihosvanny » Emily Jacir » Kim Jones » Lamia Joreige » Amal El Kenawy » Kiluanji Kia Henda » Rosemary Laing » Hyungkoo Lee » Hyungkoo Lee » Rafael Lozano-Hemmer » Nalini Malani » Steve McQueen » Arseny Mescheryakov » Aernout Mik » Boris Mikhailov » Paul D. Miller Aka DJ Spooky » Santu Mofokeng » Joshua Mosley » Nástio Mosquito » Óscar Muñoz » N'Dilo Mutima » Ingrid Mwangi » Rosalind Nashashibi » Zoran Naskovski » Bruce Nauman » Hadil Nazmy » Yves Netzhammer » Yves Netzhammer » Susan Norrie » Melik Ohanian » Philippe Parreno » Alexander Ponomarev » Tobias Putrih » Rubén Ramos Balsa » José Alejandro Restrepo » Ugo Rondinone » Tracey Rose » Ruth Sacks » Margaret Salmon » Yinka Shonibare MBE » Malick Sidibé » Sam Taylor-Johnson (-Wood) » Elaine Tedesco » Juergen Teller » Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas » Minette Vári » Francesco Vezzoli » Manuel Vilariño » Daniel von Sturmer » Kara Walker » Sophie Whettnall » Pavel Wolberg » KAN Xuan » Yonamine » Tomoko Yoneda » Akram Zaatari » YANG Zhenzhong »

Exhibition: 10 Jun – 21 Nov 2007

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552nd International Art Exhibition Think with the Senses – Feel with the Mind.
Art in the Present Tense

The Fondazione La Biennale di Venezia, presided over by Davide Croff, is setting up the 52nd International Art Exhibition, entitled Think with the Senses – Feel with the Mind. Art in the Present Tense and curated by Robert Storr, the first director from the United States in the history of the most famous art review in the world, opening to the public from 10th June to 21st November, 2007.

The central international exhibition, set up in the Arsenale Corderie, in some spaces of the Arsenale Artiglierie and in the Italian Pavilion at the Giardini, will present about a hundred artists from all over the world with works – including site-specific and new productions – created in co-operation with the Venice Biennale for this occasion. "While this show looks forward, it does not look back": with this definition, Storr has underlined the guidelines of a wide reconnaissance which has led him to invite living and active artists and, in the rare cases when they were not alive due to premature or unexpected deaths, to display works testifying a vitality that makes them more relevant than ever. "This exhibition – explains Robert Storr – is not based on an all-inclusive ideological or theoretical proposal.

The Venice Biennale - 52nd International Art Exhibition
© Oscar Munoz

It is rather founded on a fundamental approach to art aimed at presuming that analytical dichotomies between perceptual and conceptual, thought and feeling, pleasure and pain, intuition and criticality, too often obscure and deny the complex presence of all these aspects in our experience of the world, as well as the presence of all these dimensions in the resulting art. Each work will be there to speak for itself. In whole, correspondences among works – whether harmonious or discordant – will, in my opinion, stimulate the public's attention to the diversity of feelings, materials, topics and ways of involving visitors that distinguishes these art works, which, though created in different languages, are all conjugated in the present tense". The international landscape is flanked and enriched by the expositions of the 77 countries (a record number set by this edition) displaying works in the historical city centre as well as at the Giardini and Arsenale; since 2006 the latter premises have been the permanent seat of the new Italian Pavilion, an area of central future development for the Biennale exhibition spaces, making its debut this year with an exhibition curated – for the first time in the largest and most important international contemporary art review – by Ida Gianelli and representing one of the main novelties in the 52nd Venice Biennale Exhibition.

Robert Storr's artistic project has chosen to include, as an integral part of the main exhibition, a Turkish Pavilion as well as a show representing African contemporary art (the "Check List Luanda Pop" exhibition from the Sindika Dokolo African Collection of Contemporary Art, Luanda, Angola, curated by Fernando Alvim and Simon Njami) in the Arsenale Artiglierie. The African exhibition has been selected by a panel of experts invited by Robert Storr, constituted by Meskerem Assegued, Ekow Eshun, Lyle Ashton Harris, Kellie Jones and Bisi Silva.

The Venice Biennale - 52nd International Art Exhibition
© Gabriele Basilico
The Venice Biennale - 52nd International Art Exhibition
© Yang Fudong
The Venice Biennale - 52nd International Art Exhibition
Daniel von Sturmer: The Object of Things
5 screen video installation with sculptural objects, custom built plywood platform, 2007, Australian Pavilion, 52nd Venice Biennale