Jochen Volz

Jochen Volz to Curate Brazil’s Pavilion at 2017 Venice Biennale

The Biennial Foundation has announced that Jochen Volz, curator of the 2016 São Paulo Bienal, will organize Brazil’s pavilion at the Fifty-Seventh Venice Biennale, which will be held from May 13 to November 26, 2017.

Volz said, “Sharing the event’s faith in the transformative potential of art and culture, I am convinced that we are going to put together a show that will dialogue fully with the present concerns of artists the world over.”

A German native and curator and art critic based in São Paulo, Volz has served as director of the Serpentine Galleries in London and as artistic director of the Inhotim Institute in Brazil. He curated Portikus in Frankfurt and cocurated the international art exhibition at the Venice Biennale in 2009, as well as the first Aichi Triennial in Nagoya in 2012.

The announcement was made at the Biennial Foundation on Monday, December 5. Among those in attendance were Brazil’s minister of foreign affairs, José Serra, and the international program director of the ministry of culture, Adam Muniz, signaling that the ministry will play a larger role in organizing the country’s representation in Venice. Previously, it was the sole responsibility of the Biennial Foundation.

Minister Roberto Freire said: “The resealing of this partnership is fruit of the efforts of the ministry of culture, the ministry of foreign affairs, and the [foundation] to continue to promote Brazilian culture on one of the art world’s greatest stages, reinforcing Brazil’s interest in stepping up its efforts toward the internationalization of Brazilian culture.”