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tonybowles Contributing Editor
7mo New York City, NY, United States Story
Must See Exhibits To Check Out At The 57th Annual Venice Art Biennale This Summer

For the cultured traveler, the 57th annual Venice Art Biennale is an international art exhibition that attracts tourists from around the world (think Art Basel but on a much larger scale). 

Beginning May 13th and running through November, the world-class art festival will feature prestigious artists such as Ariela Wertheimer of Israel’s Farkash Gallery, who will be exhibiting her highly anticipated “Light Boxes” for the first time this year. Tickets for Biennale start at about $23.

Jaffa Venice Light BoxesIn partnership with The Farkash Gallery, Israeli artist Ariela Wertheimer will be making her debut at Venice Art Biennale. While Ariela has previously displayed her pieces at various showings, this will be the artist’s first time showcasing her work at the world-renowned art exhibition in Venice.

Ariela will present her highly anticipated Jaffa Venice Light Boxes, curated by Aaron Farkash of The Farkash Gallery in Tel Aviv. The exhibition is comprised of complex light boxes, which reflect our lives, in a variety of colors with a large chandelier in the center of the space. Each box reflects the story of a character trapped in their own small or large prison, from the past or present, with a mirror included for self-reflection.

Along with her other works, these light boxes are “optic experiences of a visual system, giving the onlooker a humane and personal experience which doesn’t allow any room for indifference,” said Ariela Wertheimer.

Ariela’s solo exhibition will be located at the Palazzo Mora in the “Personal Structures” area and will be hosted by the European Cultural Center.

Dapunta Hyang: Transmission Of KnowledgeSingaporean artist Zai Kuning will be presenting a multi-disciplinary work titled Dapunta Hyang: Transmission Of Knowledge, which will be comprised of a 17 meter-long ship made from rattan, beeswax and string as the exhibition’s center piece.

The project which has had various permutations exhibited at different locations such as the Esplanade, Ota Fine Arts and LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore and Palais de Tokyo in Paris, looks at the forgotten histories of the sea people of the Riau Archipelago. The exhibit touches on the history of the pre-Islamic Srivijaya Empire and the story of Dapunta Hyang, the first Malay king.

It will also include a series of photographs of living performers of the traditional dance-theatre form of Mak Yong, in collaboration with Thai photographer Wichai Juntavaro.

The Biography of the Forgotten Nigerian artist, Victor Ehikhamenor, will present large-scale installations fusing abstract shapes with traditional sculpture, curated by Adenrele Sonariwo. It is informed by an investment in classical Benin art and has effects of colonialism on cultural heritage.The exhibition pays homage to those that came before us and their contributions to the art world, from the classicists to the modernists.

Open to the public from Saturday May 13th to Sunday November 26th 2017, at the Giardini and the Arsenale, the 57th International Biennale Art Exhibition, titled VIVA ARTE VIVA, will be curated by Christine Macel and organized by La Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta.

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Anthony Bowles is one of the youngest sought out journalists in the media world. He has had the privilege of interviewing today’s most well-known celebrities as well as being in the entertainment and fashion world.

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