The 2017 Socle du Monde Biennale Announces Participating Artists
The entire biennial is conceived as an homage to Piero Manzoni.
The list of artists participating in the seventh edition of Denmark’s Socle du Monde Biennale—slated to open on April 21—is in, and it’s a mixed bag.
Described by the biennial as a group of “artist icons and the rising stars of tomorrow,” the list includes big-hitters like Yayoi Kusama, Rikrit Tiravanija, and Piero Manzoni alongside emerging names like Anders Bonnesen or Hannah Heilmann.
Titled “To challenge the Earth, the Moon, the Sun & the Stars,” the exhibition is conceived, as in past years, as an homage to Manzoni, and to all artists “who accepted the challenge of turning our world upside down,” reads the press release.
Headed by Mattijs Visser, founding director of ZERO foundation, the curatorial team includes Olivier Varenne, Jean-Hubert Martin, Daniel Birnbaum, and Maria Finders. Each of the five curators have been allotted a “chapter,” based on a work by Manzoni.
“The fact that Manzoni, with his epoch-making residency in Herning, produced art that made world history, obviously begs a gathering up of the past and continuously challenging the future, specifically here in Herning”, says Holger Reenberg, Director at Herning Museum of Contemporary Art (HEART), which is hosting the Biennale.
The full list of participating artists is as follows:
Eva Steen Christensen
Gerhard von Graevenitz
Herman De Vries
Hesselholdt & Mejlvang
Ilja & Emilia Kabakov
Jan J. Schoonhoven
Paul van Hoeydonck
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