Save the Date WIELS@Venice 2015 Dialogues between WIELS’ programme and the Venice Biennial

Atopolis, Wiels Mons, 2015

Flanders Arts Institute facilitates the programme of WIELS Contemporary Art Centre in Venice: two evenings of presentations by the curatorial team of WIELS with guest artists Vincent Meessen and Danai Anesiadou on 17 and 18 September.

Thursday 17 September, 7 - 9 pm Hybrid cities How do cosmopolitan cities – such as Venice and Brussels – function as venues for the creation and presentation of contemporary art? And how do these cities – which have always been sites of trade and exchange – influence art practice today? WIELS curators Caroline Dumalin and Zoë Gray explore these questions and invite the Brussels-based artist Vincent Meessen, participant in the Belgian 'Pavilion Personne et les Autres' and in two recent WIELS exhibitions, to discuss his work.

Friday 18 September, 7 - 9 pm Mining the relation WIELS curates this summer the group exhibition 'Atopolis', as part of Mons 2015 – European Capital of Culture, presenting works that examine the phenomena of circulation, diaspora and cultural dislocation, topics with a strong resonance in Venice (particularly during the period of the biennale). The title of this evening alludes to the ideas of Edouard Glissant, a writer and influential thinker of globalisation, who argues in favour of fluid identities, unhindered exchanges and an ideal cosmopolitan openness, which he calls the 'Relation'.
WIELS director and curator of 'Atopolis', Dirk Snauwaert and assistant curator Charlotte Frilling will speak about the project. Brussels-based artist Danai Anesiadou participant in Atopolis, and in two previous WIELS exhibitions, will talk about her way of thinking.

More information WIELS@Venice 2015: Dialogues between WIELS’ programme and the Venice Biennial 17 and 18 September 2015, 7 - 9pm Location: Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi Address: Campo S. Agnese, Dorsoduro 810, 30123 Venice, Italy Vaporetto : 'Zattere' ( opposite the location ) or 'Academia' (5' walk)
Language: English
Free Entrance
Organised by WIELS, with the support of Flanders Arts Institute. The contribution to the discursive programme, in the framework of the Venice Bienial, was made possible by the support of the Flemish Minister for Culture Sven Gatz. Thanks to Pro Helvetia.
Image: Benoit Platéus, Cinétisation d'après Pol Bury, 2014.