European Cultural Centre – Palazzo Mora
Bat-Uul Erdene
Governor of Capital City and Mayor of Ulaanbaatar
Odonbaatar Shijeekhuu
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia to Italy
Thursday, May 7th | 5pm
Pre-View opening parties: 7 and 8 May 2015 | 18-22 pm

Artists: Unen Enkh, Enkhbold Togmidshiirev
Curator: Uranchimeg Tsultem
Commissioner: Gantuya Badamgarav
Exhibition: May 9 – November 22, 2015
Palazzo Mora Second Floor
Cannaregio 3659, 30121 Venice, Italy

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Unen Enkh. Untitled 2015-02. Detail. Felt, horsehair, iron-wire, lead sheet. 278x29x22cm. Photo by Unen Enkh

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MONGOLIA has a living tradition of nomadic life specific in its everyday interaction with nature. The nomads live through seasonal migration without causing any modifications to environment, and create their life based solely on natural resources. The Mongolia Pavilion presents Unen Enkh and Enkhbold Togmidshiirev, the artists who work with organic materials from Mongolian nomadic culture and raise questions about global problems of cultural otherness and displacement.
The Mongolia Pavilion consists of two types of art presentation: a sedentary pavilion space at the Palazzo Mora and a nomadic pavilion with artist Enkhbold’s performances presented at designated public spaces around the city of Venice. Unen Enkh’s sculptures explore the culturally-laden products of nomadic traditions, such as felt and horsehair, in juxtaposition to metal and wood. Enkhbold’s two-dimensional works, made primarily of horse dung, ash, tripe, sand and shrub, are displayed at Palazzo Mora.

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Venice was built by mainland residents fleeing invasions by nomads, including Attila and the Huns in the 5th century. Centuries later, Venetian merchant Marco Polo (1254–1324) traveled to the Mongol Empire, where he spent 16 years at the Khubilai Khaan’s (1215-1294) court. Enkhbold, building upon the historical legacy of Venice’s relationship with nomads and Mongols, brings his performance art to the heart of Venice by nomadizing around the city and socializing with Venice locals and visitors. The idea of social interaction between people without dependence on modern technologies is central in Enkhbold’s performance art.
Mongolia opened its doors to the world in 1990 after seven decades of socialist regime. Contemporary artists of the new Mongolia explore issues of identity in the post-socialist era of political, social, and cultural change. The works of both artists here presented are rooted in nature, suggesting that it is not industry that brings people and cultures closer together. The Mongolia Pavilion suggests responses to modern-day problems of alienation and displacement through a multifaceted notion of what constitutes one’s “home” in a global world.
Artists: Unen Enkh, Enkhbold Togmidshiirev
Curator: Uranchimeg Tsultem
Commissioner: Gantuya Badamgarav
Advisors: Boldbaatar Chultem, David A Ross
Supporters: E. Bat-Uul, Mayor of Ulaanbaatar City
Partner: Embassy of Mongolia in Rome
Organizer: Mongolian Contemporary Art Support Association

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Open: May 9 to 22 November 2015 (closed on Tuesday)
Address: European Cultural Center
Palazzo Mora 2nd floor

Cannaregio 3659, Venice, Italy

DUTCH PAVILION Giardini Venice


Herman de Vries – to be all ways to be
Wednesday, 6 May 2015 | 2pm
Preview: 6-8 May 2015


Curators: Colin Huizing and Cees de Boer

Commissioner: Mondriaan Fund
9 May-22 November 2015

Giardini Venice



herman de vries, venetian details, 2015

herman de vries (b. 1931) is representing The Netherlands at the 56th International Art Exhibition
la Biennale di Venezia. Under the title to be all ways to be theDutch Pavilion
exhibits new sculptures, objects, works on paper and photography by de vries. 
Educated as a horticulturist and natural scientist, de vries gathers, orders, isolates and displays objects from nature,
directing our attention to both the unity and the diversity of the world around us. In his preparatory travels to Venice,
de vries collected many objects from the Laguna, the Giardini and the city, resulting in multiple works both in the
Dutch Pavilion and on the deserted island of
Lazzaretto Vecchio in the southern Laguna.
The exhibition is curated by Colin Huizing and Cees de Boer.
Special boat trips will bring people to de vries’s sanctuarium:
natura mater
at the
Lazzaretto Vecchio, several times a week
(on 6, 7, 8 and 9 May at 11:00 am, 13:00 pm, 15:00 pm).
Tickets for these trips are available at the Dutch Pavilion.
Departure will be from Ponte dei Giardini. No fee is required. 
Access to the Dutch Pavilion requires accreditation for the Venice Biennale.
Please use the accreditation form available on the following website:
For further information and images please visit

Ukrainian national pavilion Venezia

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The Ukrainian national pavilion
at the 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia

PinchukArtCentre / Ukraine
Group Exhibition Featuring Young Ukrainian Artists
press-preview: May 7, 2015 | 09:30 -12 noon
Ukrainian artists:
Yevgenia Belorusets, Nikita Kadan, Zhanna Kadyrova,
Mykola Ridnyi & Serhiy Zhadan, Artem Volokitin,
Anna Zvyagintseva and Open Group.
Commissioner: Ministry of Culture of Ukraine.
curator: Björn Geldhof, Deputy Artistic Director, PinchukArtCentre
Organized by the PinchukArtCentre with the support of the
Victor Pinchuk Foundation.

Exhibition: 9.May – 2. August  2015 | 10 – 18

Temporal glass construction

Riva dei Sette Martiri, on the main walking passway from Arsenale to Giardini.

It stands as a model for a new, transparent Ukraine reaching out to the world. With this exhibition a young generation of artists voices hopes for Ukraine’s future through a deeply personal commitment and solidarity with those involved in the war.

Official hashtag the Ukrainian national pavilion: #biennalearte2015ukraine

Organising Institutions:
Ministry of Culture of Ukraine – Commissioner.
PinchukArtCentre with the support of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation – Organizer.

Short biographies of artists:
Yevgenia Belorusets
Born in Kyiv, Ukraine, in 1980.
Lives and works in Kyiv, Ukraine and Berlin, Germany.
Nikita Kadan
Born in Kyiv, Ukraine, in 1982.
Lives and works in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Zhanna Kadyrova
Born in Brovary in the Kyiv region, Ukraine, in 1981.
Lives and works in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Mykola Ridnyi
Born in Kharkiv, Ukraine, in 1985.
Lives and works in Kharkiv, Ukraine.
Serhiy Zhadan
Born in Starobilsk, Luhansk Oblast, Ukraine, in 1974.
Lives and works in Kharkiv, Ukraine.
Artem Volokitin
Born in Chuguiv, Kharkiv Region, Ukraine, in 1981.
Lives and works in Kharkiv and Kyiv.
Anna Zvyagintseva
Born in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine, in 1986
Lives and works in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Open Group: Yuriy Biley, Anton Varga, Pavlo Kovach,
Stanislav Turina
Group was founded in 2012, Lviv.
Members of the group live and work in Lviv and Mukachevo, Ukraine and New York, USA

Short biography of Curator:
Björn Geldhof, Born in Belgium in 1979.
Since 2009 he lives in Kyiv, Ukraine and works as deputy artistic director in the PinchukArtCentre.

PinchukArtCentre is the largest and most dynamic private contemporary art centre in Central and Eastern Europe. As a project of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, it is dedicated to fostering artistic education, creation and appreciation in Ukraine. It provides a sustainable contribution to the cultural participation and emancipation of Ukrainian art and society. It also gives a significant contribution to the cultural dialogue between East and West, and between national identity and international challenge.
Recent events have included personal exhibitions by Jeff Wall, Gary Hume, Olafur Eliasson, Candice Breitz, Damian Ortega, Sergey Bratkov, Subodh Gupta, Damien Hirst, Anish Kapoor, Jan Fabre and others. The art centre has founded Prizes to support national and international young artists up to 35.

The PinchukArtCentre had represented Ukraine in 2007 and 2009 at the 52nd and 53rd International Art Exhibitions – la Biennale di Venezia, organizing the Ukrainian national pavilions, as well as with Future Generation Art Prize@Venice exhibitions in 2011 and 2013 as part of the Collateral events.

Victor Pinchuk Foundation
The Victor Pinchuk Foundation was established in 2006 by Ukrainian businessman and public figure Victor Pinchuk. It is the largest international, private, non-partisan, philanthropic foundation based in Ukraine. Its goal is to empower future generations to become the change makers of tomorrow. To achieve this goal, the Foundation develops projects, builds partnerships in Ukraine and worldwide and invests in three directions:

  • Investing in people, to boost human capital;
  • Investing in society, to promote social responsibility;
  • Investing in the world, to foster a more integrated world.

Peggy Guggenheim Collection Venice

Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Jackson Pollock, Mural. Energy Made Visible
April 23 – November 16, 2015
Curated by David Anfam, Senior Consulting Curator,
Clyfford Still Museum, Denver
704 Dorsoduro, 30123 Venice

Charles Pollock: A Retrospective
April 23 – September 14, 2015

Curated by Philip Rylands,
Director Peggy Guggenheim Collection
704 Dorsoduro, 30123 Venice