Okwui Enwezor named director of the 2015 Venice Biennale
He will be the first African-born curator in the exhibition's 100-year history
By Javier Pes. Web only
Published online: 04 December 2013
The artistic director of the next Venice Biennale will be the Nigerian-born, German-based curator and museum director Okwui Enwezor, the international exhibition’s board of directors announced today. He will be the first African-born curator of the biennial. Enwezor has been the director of Munich's Haus der Kunst since 2011.
In a statement, the biennial's president, Paolo Baratta, referred to Enwezor's knowledge of the “complex phenomenon of globalisation”. The curator of Documenta 11 in Kassel, Enwezor has organised biennials from Seville to South Korea and the major travelling survey of post-war African art “The Short Century” (2001-02).
Baratta praised the director of the 2013 Venice Biennale, Massimiliano Gioni, for its success and “record number of visitors, particularly young people”. The 56th Venice Biennale is due to open in 2015 on 9 May and run until 22 November.
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