Biennial Germany

My pavilion is your pavilion

Germany and France discuss swapping spaces at next year's Venice Biennale

Germany and France are in talks to swap pavilions at the 2013 Venice Biennale. The move would celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Élysée Treaty, which sealed their post-war reconciliation. Susanne Gaensheimer, the director of Frankfurt’s Museum für Moderne Kunst and the curator of the German pavilion, says: “The foreign-affairs offices of France and Germany have discussed this idea time and again in the past 20 years… this time, Christine Macel, the curator of the French pavilion… and I are in a dialogue about possibilities and we will publicise these in the next couple of weeks.” Both countries have chosen international artists for their exhibitions. Germany’s artists will include Ai Weiwei (China) and Santu Mofokeng (South Africa). France will present a display by the Berlin-based, Albanian video artist Anri Sala.

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