Photo: Manuel Reinartz

Who organises and designs the German entry at the Venice Biennale? What are former curators and artists doing today? And what insider-tips do they have for visitors? In the series "Biennale Venice Backstage- 3 1/2 Questions", we take a look behind the scenes. In Part 5: Julian Heynen, curator of the German Pavillon in 2003 and 2005.

Issue 1:
Florian Ebner

Florian Ebner © Museum Folkwang
Florian Ebner, curator of the German Pavilion 2015 © Museum Folkwang

Issue 4:

Udo Kittelmann

 

 

Udo Kittelmann curated the German Pavilion in 2001 © Juliane Eirich
Udo Kittelmann curated the German Pavilion in 2001 © Juliane Eirich
Nicolaus Schafhausen © Kunsthalle Wien 2014, Foto: Sabine Hauswirth
Nicolaus Schafhausen © Kunsthalle Wien 2014; Photo: Sabine Hauswirth

Issue 5: 

Julian Heynen 

Julian Heynen, curator in 2003 and 2005; photo: Jeanne Hofer
Julian Heynen, curator in 2003 and 2005; photo: Jeanne Hofer
Susanne Gaensheimer, Director of the Museum of Modern Art in Frankfurt/Main. Photo: Renato Ribeiro Alves
Susanne Gaensheimer;
Photo: Renato Ribeiro Alves

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.