With the Venice Bi­en­nale in full swing, Mar­i­anna Cerini high­lights eight of the must-see artists ex­hibit­ing this year

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With the Venice Bi­en­nale in full swing, we high­light eight of the must-see artists ex­hibit­ing this year

The cul­tural ex­trav­a­ganza that is the Venice Bi­en­nale has just be­gun and runs un­til late Novem­ber. It un­folds over the course of nine “trans-pavil­ions,” which fol­low one an­other like chap­ters of a book, show­cas­ing the work of 120 artists—103 of them par­tic­i­pat­ing for the first time—whose back­grounds, aes­thet­ics, per­spec­tives and even ages are some of the most di­verse ever. Fifty-one coun­tries are rep­re­sented at the Bi­en­nale.

This 57th edi­tion is ti­tled Viva Arte Viva, which its web­site ex­plains “is an ex­cla­ma­tion, a pas­sion­ate out­cry for art and the state of the artist. Viva Arte Viva is a Bi­en­nale de­signed with the artists, by the artists and for the artists. It deals with the forms they pro­pose, the ques­tions they pose, the prac­tices they de­velop and the ways of life they choose.” Out­side the of­fi­cial venues, a num­ber of satel­lite ex­hi­bi­tions shift be­tween the clas­sic and the con­tem­po­rary, teas­ing out sto­ries of artists em­brac­ing and in­ter­pret­ing moder­nity in mul­ti­far­i­ous ways.

How­ever well you might think you know the world of con­tem­po­rary art, the lat­est edi­tion of the Bi­en­nale pro­vides an ut­terly dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive.

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