Anne Imhof: Faust, 2017; © Anne Imhof, photo: Nadine Fraczkowski
Anne Imhof: Faust, 2017; © Anne Imhof, photo: Nadine Fraczkowski

Anne Imhof. Faust

Anne Imhof has conceived the work 'Faust' for the German Pavilion at the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. In a sculptural setting designed specifically for the space and the occasion, the new piece unfolds unseen compositions, elaborated together with the core members of Imhof’s team. 'Faust' is both a five-hour production and a seven-month-long scenario comprised of performative dynamics, sculptural installations, painterly touches, and rigorously choreographed visual axes and movements that encompass the entire pavilion. 'Faust' belongs to an unconditioned present, the essence of which is conveyed instantly to the audience:

Anne Imhof © Nadine Fraczkowski

Anne Imhof (* 1978) graduated in 2012 at the Städelschule in Frankfurt on the Main. In 2015 Imhof was awarded the Preis der Nationalgalerie. Following this she produced 'Angst' (fear), an opera in three acts which was presented at the Kunsthalle Basel, the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin and on the Biennale de Montréal in 2016. Her performances Deal (2015), Rage (2014), Aqua Leo (2013) and School of the Seven Bells (2012) were on view amoungst others in single exhibitions at the MoMA PS1, New York (2015), the Carré d’Art – Musée d’art contemporain de Nîmes (2014), at the New Jerseyy, Basel and the Portikus, Frankfurt on the Main (2013). In international group exhibitions her works werde presented at the Palais de Tokyo and the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2015), and at the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt on the Main (2014). In 2015 Anne Imhof was a guest lecturer at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich. In 2013 she was awarded a studio scholarship in Paris by the Hessische Kulturstiftung.

Curator of the German Pavilion: Susanne Pfeffer

Susanne Pfeffer © Uwe Zucchi/dpa/picture alliance

Susanne Pfeffer is an art historian and curator. Since June 2013, she is the director of the Fridericianum in Kassel, where she curated, among others, the exhibitions 'Speculations on Anonymous Materials', 'nature after nature', and 'Inhuman', as well as retrospectives of Marcel Broodthaers and Paul Sharits. At the 56th Venice Biennale, she curated the Swiss Pavilion with a solo exhibition of Pamela Rosenkranz and was recently appointed curator of the German Pavilion for the 57th Venice Biennale.
Pfeffer was the chief curator of KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin (2007-2012) and acted as curator and advisor for MoMA PS1 in New York. From 2004 until 2006, she was the artistic director of Künstlerhaus Bremen.

Venice Biennale

The Venice Biennale is widely acknowledged to be the most renowned international arts exhibition in the world. Since 1971, the ifa, put in charge by the Federal Foreign Office, coordinates Germany's contribution presented in the German Pavilion. Internationally acclaimed artists such as Joseph Beuys, Jochen Gerz, Ulrich Rückriem, Hanne Darboven, as well as Bernd and Hilla Becher have presented their works at the German Pavilion, cooperating with notable curators like Dieter Honisch, Klaus Bußmann, Jean-Christophe Ammann, Gudrun Inboden, Julian Heynen, and Susanne Gaensheimer. Germany is the only country whose Biennale contributions have won three Golden Lions (1986, 2001, 2011) so far.

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Biennale Backstage

Photo: Manuel Reinartz

On 13 May 2017 the 57th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia, will open its doors. In the series "Venice Biennale Backstage" we look behind the scenes: Who organizes the German contribution to the exhibition? What do former curators and artists do now? In first part: Florian Ebner, curator of the German Pavilion 2015.