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Art lovers from around the world have been gathering at one of the largest and most prestigious art events in the world, held every other year since 1895. From 9 May through 22 November, approximately half a million visitors will be here to admire the works of 136 artists from 53 countries, including surprising newcomers such as Mauritius, Mozambique and Mongolia. The 56th Biennale in Venice is a cornucopia of world-class modern art.
Okwui Enwezor may not be a household name, but as chief curator this 51-year old Nigerian is the most important man of the 56th Biennale di Venezia – he is the first African to fill the position. Enwezor was involved in Documenta in Kassel and the Biennales in Johannesburg, Seville and South Korea, and is responsible for interpreting this year’s theme ‘All the World’s Futures’. He is in charge of bringing the most creative and progressive modern art from around the world to the Biennale.
“Rietveld created the Dutch pavilion in the shape of a linear box of blocks with plenty of daylight”