Every two years Venice is the scene for the International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier at Fridericianum, Kassel © Max Klinger
Olaf Nicolai: Giro, 2015, performance; © Olaf Nicolai, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2015

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.

Dorothea Grassmann


Dorothea Grassmann
Head of Section
Venice Biennale
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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.