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Bloomberg Philanthropies Supports the 57th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia

Bloomberg Philanthropies supports the 57th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia and its programs for broader audience engagement. Bloomberg Philanthropies’ support will enable the Biennale Arte 2017 to widen the reach of its public performance and artist discussion program.

“We’re pleased to support the 57th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia and to inspire future artists by expanding access to their innovative work,” said Patricia E. Harris, CEO of Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Working directly with La Biennale di Venezia, Bloomberg Philanthropies is supporting increased access to the Exhibition’s new series of large-scale participatory performances from emerging and established international artists, which will take place across the city for the opening days of Biennale Arte 2017. Through Bloomberg’s contribution to the Biennale’s live streaming, recording and online archiving of these performances, the program is set to be seen by thousands of viewers from around the world.

Bloomberg Philanthropies’ support will provide international, online access to a series of free lunch-time talks that will take place twice a week for the entire Biennale Arte 2017 to encourage broader public engagement and conversation with the artists. The talks will be recorded and streamed online by La Biennale di Venezia, projected throughout the Biennale Exhibition venues, and will then feature on a digital archive for international audiences.

Bloomberg Philanthropies has a long standing history of support for international Biennales, including involvement in the Liverpool, Sao Paulo, Singapore, Sydney and Venice Biennales. Bloomberg Philanthropies’ arts program utilizes innovative partnerships and bold approaches to place arts at the center of economic growth and empower artists and cultural organizations.

Notes to the Editor:
In addition to supporting La Biennale di Venezia directly, Bloomberg Philanthropies will also partner with the University of the Arts London, International Curators Forum and the Arts Council England to create a new program to address the underrepresentation of culturally diverse artists and curators in contemporary art today. Called Beyond the Frame, the initiative will be launched by Arts Council Chairman Sir Nicholas Serota in Venice alongside the new exhibition called the Diaspora Pavilion at the Palazzo Pisani a Santa Maria, which showcases artists from racially and culturally diverse backgrounds. The selected 22 emerging artists and curators from traditionally underrepresented groups will embark on a 22 month program and will take part in forums and master classes alongside their mentors. By partnering these emerging professionals with leading artists and curators such as architect David Adjaye, filmmaker Isaac Julien, Whitechapel Director Iwona Blazwick and Liverpool Biennial Director Sally Tallant, this international program will create cross-generational connections and professional development for the next generation of racially and culturally diverse artists and curators.

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