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Politics Everywhere: conflict and diplomacy at the Venice Art Biennale

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Source: Stirworld

Foreigners Everywhere is the stirring slogan of the Venice Art Biennale’s 60th International Art Exhibition. At the helm this year is the first curator to be born and based in the Global South, the Brazilian Adriano Pedrosa, who says his concept follows in the “rich tradition” of “foreigners from all over the world” coming together at the Venice Biennale. Dating back to 1895, it is the first large-scale exhibition of its kind, the namesake of all subsequent global art biennales.

But while Pedrosa promises a radically inclusive 2024 exhibition that celebrates migrants, outsiders, queer artists and Indigenous artists, the Biennale has long been—and remains—a hotbed of fraught geopolitics. The former president of the Venice Biennale Foundation, Roberto Cicutto, diplomatically described the event at a recent press conference as “a privileged vantage point from which to observe the state of the world” and “a unique meeting ground between the arts and the changes in society”. A chief reason for that, he noted, is the Biennale’s century-old system of national pavilions, through which different countries stage their own independent shows.

Read more: https://www.stirworld.com/think-opinions-politics-everywhere-conflict-and-diplomacy-at-the-venice-art-biennale

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Next UK government must not treat arts as ‘bloodsucker’, says Timothy Spall

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Source:The Guardian

The arts should not be treated as an economic “bloodsucker”, Timothy Spall has said, as he urged the next government to show appreciation for what the creative industries provide to society.

Speaking to the Guardian ahead of the 25th birthday of the Lowry theatre and gallery in Salford, of which he is a supporter, the Bafta-winning actor called on whoever won power on 4 July to get the message across that arts and culture belong to everyone.

Read More: https://amp.theguardian.com/culture/article/2024/may/29/next-uk-government-must-not-treat-arts-as-bloodsucker-says-timothy-spall

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‘Death notice’ and tributes for Dublin-NY portal

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Source: BBC

The well known ‘Dublin humour’ has taken centre stage at the on-off interactive Portal in the city centre.

Only this time, it’s black humour – “RIP THE PORTAL”

The installation, which provided a continuous realtime link between the city and New York, was launched in a blaze of publicity a week ago but within days it was turned off because of “inappropriate behaviour” by a few people.

Read More: https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/cl404yjz1ljo

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Woman charged after overnight break-in at Norwich Art Shop

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Norwich Art Shop, in Upper St Giles Street, is a collective art space shared between more than 20 artists.

Each artist pays rent proportional to the size of their showcasing space and they take turns volunteering to open the galleries and shop to the public.

Just after 2am yesterday, neighbours were alerted to a banging noise as somebody tried to break into the venue and police were made aware.

Read More: https://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/news/24324524.woman-charged-overnight-break-in-norwich-art-shop/

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