Ai Weiwei / Romuald Karmakar / Santu Mofokeng / Dayanita Singh
German Pavilion Biennale Venezia
Susanne Gaensheimer (Ed.)
Gestalten, Berlin, 2013
The international art event La Biennale di Venezia is taking place for the fifty-fifth time from June 1 through November 24, 2013. For this occasion, Germany has not only switched pavilions with France, but is also showing artworks that focus on themes of intercultural and intellectual transference. Susanne Gaensheimer, director of Frankfurt’s MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, has curated a selection of work for Germany’s pavilion in the building of the French pavilion by Chinese conceptual artist and regime critic Ai Weiwei, the German-French filmmaker Romuald Karmakar, the South African photographer Santu Mofokeng, and the Indian photographer Dayanita Singh. With the selection of these artists, Gaensheimer is continuing her transnational curatorial approach from 2011 that presented Germany as playing an active role in a complex, global structure that benefits from international exchange.