The Ruya Foundation has announced that Tamara Chalabi, the chair and cofounder of Ruya, and Paolo Colombo, an art adviser at the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, will cocurate Iraq’s pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale opening May 13, 2017. The exhibition will be titled “Archaic” and explore the duality and tension in the concept of the historical or antiquated. It will include ancient artifacts from the region alongside Iraqi examples of modern art and new commissions from Iraqi artists living both in the country and abroad. This is the third time the Ruya Foundation has commissioned Iraq’s pavilion at Venice.
Further details about the pavilion and the artists to be featured will be announced at a later date.