54th Venice Biennale illuminates cutting-edge international art

The 54th International Art Exhibition will present a cacophony of illuminating experiences, encounters with art that sharpen perceptions and invigorate discussions about the constantly developing international art scene.

The influential art event will take over the Giardini, the Arsenale and other locations around Venice during La Biennale di Venezia (the Venice Biennale), radiating a glow of innovative, interdisciplinary and often controversial art that reaches across the entire world.

Since it was founded in 1895, the Venice Biennale has been synonymous with avant-garde and new artistic trends. For more than 100 years it has promoted contemporary art through its organization of international events and has become one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world.

In 2011, the exhibition is titled "ILLUMInazioni - ILLUMInations," a theme that "emphasizes the intuitive insight and the illumination of thought that is fostered by an encounter with art and its ability to sharpen the tools of perception," explains exhibition curator Bice Curiger.

"ILLUMInations will focus on the 'light’ of the illuminating experience, on the epiphanies that come with intercommunicative, intellectual comprehension."

ILLUMInations will highlight the work of 83 artists and will be paralleled by a record 89 National Participations from around the globe. Countries host their own exhibitions in the permanent and temporary pavilions, presenting a kaleidoscopic view of contemporary art today.

Andorra, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh and Haiti will participate in the International Art Exhibition for the first time in 2011.

Contemporary artists Sturtevant and Franz West will receive Golden Lions for Lifetime Achievement, the International Art Exhibition’s highest honor, during the opening and award ceremony on June 4.

For those who cannot make it to Venice, the official iBiennale iPhone and iPad app (which has yet to be updated) will provide an extensive look at the artists and artworks included in this year's International Art Exhibition.

The 54th International Art Exhibition takes place from June 4 to November 27 in Venice, Italy.

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