May 19, 2017


During the 57th Venice Biennale IED Venezia have the honor to host inside its main hall Archaic, the National Pavilion of Iraqi co-curated by Tamara Chalabi, Chair and Co-Founder of Ruya Foundation and Paolo Colombo, Art Adviser at the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art.

The exhibition shows the works of eight modern and contemporary Iraqi artists in dialogue with 40 ancient artefacts coming from the Iraqi Museum of Baghdad and dated from 6,100 BCE (Neolithic Age) to 224 CE (Neo-Babylonian Period). It explores the different ways in which Iraq’s ancient past affects its modern and contemporary visual languages, thinking about what could be considered as archaic in the current fragile reality lived by the country.

Particular attention goes to the work of Francis Alÿs, who focuses his attention to the role of the artist in war through a video, drawings, paintings, photographs and notes he has taken in November 2016 along the Mosul front line, during the liberation of the city.

IED students of the Master course in Curatorial Practice and Advanced Course in Professione Registrar have supported the set-up and Vernissage of the Pavillion, having the unique opportunity to experience the behind the curtains of the event.

Opened on May 13th, the exhibition will go ahead till the end of Biennale, scheduled for the 26th of November.

Free entry

Palazzo Franchetti
San Marco 2847

May 13th– November 26th 2017
Tuesday to Sunday 10 am-6 pm