Philippines will join the prestigious 56th Venice Biennale International Art Exhibition in Italy, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirms in a statement.
DFA partners with National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) to bring Philippines back to the Venice Biennale after its 51 years of hiatus. The art exhibit will run from May 9 to November 22, 2015.
Philippine is expected to present the curatorial vision of Dr. Patrick Flore with the theme “Tie a string around the world” that features the works of Jose Tence Ruiz and Manny Montelibano, along with the film “Genghis Khan” by National Artists Manuel Conde and Carlos Francisco.
DFA secretary Albert del Rosario hopes that Venice Biennale would be a great opportunity to showcase the immense talent and creativity of Filipino artists, as well as a source of pride for the country.
“We are confident that the Philippine Pavilion will contribute to the dynamism of the dialogue of ideas and philosophies among artists and visitors to the Venice Biennale,” he said.
Venice Biennale is a major contemporary art exhibition that takes place once in every two years. The last time when Philippines joined Venice Biennale was in 1961 with National artist José T. Joya.