Overview of collateral events, exhibitions and pavilions related to Belgium at the Venice Biennial

Image: The Awakener/ Lifebank by Koen Vanmechelen

Other exhibitions, pavilions and collateral events or activities related to Belgian artists, curators and institutions at the Venice Biennial.

Main Exhibition 'All the World’s Futures'
Curated by Okwui Enwezor
With Chantal Akerman, Sammy Baloji, Ricardo Brey, Marcel Broodthaers, Carsten Höller

The 56th International Art Exhibition, entititled 'All the World’s Futures' will be open to the public from Saturday, 9 May until Sunday, 22 November 2015 at the Giardini della Biennale and at the Arsenale.
When the first exhibition in 1895 was inaugurated, there were no national pavilions. The only permanent exhibition building that existed at the time was the sepulchral structure of the Central Pavilion. National pavilions would arrive twelve years later with the Belgian Pavilion in 1907, followed by several others in successive years to where it stands today at nearly ninety five pavilions.

National Pavilions
National Pavilion of the Republic of Armenia, 'Armenity/Hayoutioun'

With Mekhitar Garabedian Mekhitarist Monastery on the Island of San Lazzaro degli Armeni, Venezia Vaporetto: 20 from San Marco Zaccaria to San Lazzaro
6 May until 18 October 2015

National Pavilion of Iraq, 'Invisible Beauty'

Curated by Philippe Van Cauteren,artistic director S.M.A.K. (Ghent)
Ruya Foundation for Contemporary Culture in Iraq Ca’ Dandolo – Grand Canal San Polo 2879 Venezia Vaporetto: San Tomà
9 May until 22 November 2015

Collateral Events
'The Revenge of the Common Place'
With Francis Alÿs, Song Dong, Rinus Van de Velde
Curated by Prof. Hans De Wolf Organised by the Free University Brussels (VUB), in association with Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (M HKA)
! Attention: New Location: Palazzo Nani Mocenigo, Dorsoduro 960, 30123 Venezia! Vaporetto: Zattere or Accademia ​9 May until 30 June 2015

International conference: 'The Revenge of the Common Place On the tensions between originals and copies in art and culture.'
Curated by Prof. Hans De Wolf Organised by Free University Brussels (VUB) in collaboration with The Peggy Guggenheim Collection The Peggy Guggenheim Collection Venice, Roof Garden. Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, Dorsoduro 701, Venezia Vaporetto: Accademia or Salute 21 September 2015 '

GLASSTRESS 2015 GOTIKA'
With Johan Creten, Wim Delvoye, Thomas Lerooy, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Hans Op de Beeck, Koen Vanmechelen
Curated by Dimitri Ozerkov and Adriano Berengo Fondazione Berengo / Exhibition Space on Murano, Campiello della Pescheria Murano, Venezia Palazzo Franchetti / Instituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, Campo S. Stefano, 284, Venezia Vaporetto: S.Angelo or Accademia 9 May until 22 November 2015

Salon Suisse 2015: S.O.S. DADA
Organised by Pro Helvetia in collaboration with the Flanders Arts Institute and with the support of the Flemish Minister for Culture

Curated by Juri Steiner and Stefan Zweifel '

The Revenge of the Common Place' by Prof. Hans De Wolf, Free University Brussels (VUB), 12 September 2015, 7 pm
'A Collage of Opposites – On DADA, Africa and its Diaspora' by Phillip Van den Bossche (Mu.ZEE) & Contemporary Art Heritage Flanders (CAHF), 16 October 2015, 7 pm
'On Robert Filliou' (working title) by Anders Kreuger (M HKA), 19 November 2015, 7 pm Palazzo Trevisan, Campo S. Agnese, Dorsoduro 810, 30123 Venezia Vaporetto: 20 from San Marco Zaccaria to San Lazzaro

Other Exhibitions in Venice:

'ATOPOLIS' (Press Conference) WIELS @ Mons 2015
Curated by Dirk Snauwaert and Charlotte Friling Serra dei Giardini, Viale Giuseppe Garibaldi, 1254 – 30122 Venezia – Castello Vaporetto: Giardini 8 May 2015, 9:30 pm

'The Base of Venice' With Robert Suermondt
Curated by Farid Chaïb-Sedduk Castello 780 Fondamenta San Giuseppe I – 30122 Venezia Vaporetto: Giardini 9 until 30 May 2015

'Heartbreak Hotel' Curated by Walter Vanhaerents Organised by the Vanhaerents Art Collection Zuecca Project Space, Giudecca – Fondamenta delle Zitelle 32, Venezia Vaporetto: Zitelle (lines 2 and 4) 6 May until 15 September 2015

'PROPORTIO'
With Michaël Borremans, Lucia Bru, Jean-Marie Bytebier, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Raoul De Keyser, Jan Dries, Ann Veronica Janssens, Renato Nicolodi, Hans Op de Beeck, Koen Van den Broek, Koen Vanmechelen, Jef Verheyen
Curated by Axel Vervoordt and Daniela Ferretti
Organised by the Axel & May Vervoordt Foundation and the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia Palazzo Fortuny, San Marco, 3780 Venezia Vaporetto: Sant’Angelo (line 1), San Samuele (line 2) 9 May until 22 November 2015

WIELS @ Venice Dialogues between WIELS’ programme and the Venice biennale Coordinated by Zoë Gray (WIELS) Organised by WIELS with the support of the Flemish Minister for Culture Palazzo Trevisan, Campo S. Agnese, Dorsoduro 810, 30123 Venezia Vaporetto: Zattere or Accademia 17 & 18 September 2015, 7pm  
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Image: The Awakener/ Lifebank by Koen Vanmechelen