(Excerpt from 'Vatican to Set Up Contemporary Art Pavilion in Venice' posted by Farah Nayeri on Bloomberg on Mar. 19, 2013. Found here http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-03-19/vatican-to-set-up-contemporary-art-pavilion-in-venice.html)
The Venice Biennale, which has its offices at Ca’ Giustinian (San Marco, 1364/A), has for over a century been one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world promoting new artistic trends and organising international events in contemporary arts.
The Vatican will have its own contemporary-art pavilion at the 2013 Venice Art Biennale, a first in its 84-year history as an independent state, Biennale organizers said at a news briefing in London.
The artist(s) representing the Holy See will be announced in the next few weeks, said Biennale President Paolo Baratta. The Vatican is one of 10 new participant countries (out of a total of 88) in the Biennale, the sprawling international exhibition held in Venice every two years.
Another highlight this year: a global, themed exhibition titled “Encyclopedic Palace” with works by Richard Serra and Bruce Nauman and a show-within-a-show curated by Cindy Sherman.
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(Image: Pawel Althamer, "Almech", 2011-12 , at the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin. Althamer is one of the artists represented in the 2013 Venice Biennale exhibition, "The Encyclopedic Palace"; Courtesy Mathias Schormann/La Biennale di Venezia via Bloomberg)