Venice - National Participation

Iraq 2017

Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti, 3rd floor

13 May 201726 Nov 2017

The exhibition, “Archaic”, displays the work of eight Modern and contemporary Iraqi artists in dialogue with ancient Iraqi artefacts and includes a new commission by internationally acclaimed Belgian-born artist Francis Alÿs on the subject of war and the artist. The exhibition, curated by Tamara Chalabi and Paolo Colombo, interrogates the notion of the ‘archaic’, which has a dual meaning whereby it can simultaneously refer to an ancient cultural heritage and a fragile contemporary political entity. The exhibition draws out this duality and explores the opportunities and restrictions presented to artists in Iraq by the country’s momentous ancient inheritance.

  • Iraq Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2017 Iraq Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2017

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Destination: Venice
Where: Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti, 3rd floor
Type: Press Preview
Admission: By Invitation Only

Press Preview

Destination: Venice
Where: Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti, 3rd floor
Type: Opening
Admission: By Invitation Only

Opening of the Pavilion

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COMMISSIONER:
Ruya Foundation

ADMISSION:
Free