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Okwui Enwezor Appointed Director of Fifty-Sixth Venice Biennale

The Venice Biennale’s board of directors has revealed that Okwui Enwezor will be director of the festival’s visual arts sector in 2015, and will curate the fifty-sixth international art exhibition at the Giardini and Arsenale. The Nigerian-born Enwezor has served as the director of the Haus der Kunst in Munich since 2011. He has also been the artistic director of festivals including the second Johannesburg Biennale in South Africa, Documenta 11, the Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo de Sevilla in Spain, the seventh Gwangju Biennale in South Korea, and the Triennal d’Art Contemporain of Paris at the Palais de Tokyo. Board president Paolo Baratta stated: “Enwezor has investigated, in particular, the complex phenomenon of globalization in relation to local roots. His personal experience is a decisive starting point for the geographic range of his analysis, for the temporal depth of recent developments in the art world, and for the variegated richness of the present.”

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