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Foreign Minister Steinmeier on Anne Imhof’s design concept for the German Pavilion in Venice

27.10.2016 - Press release

Artist Anne Imhof is to design the German Pavilion for the 57th International Art Exhibition in Venice in 2017. Germany’s contribution will be curated by Susanne Pfeffer, director of the Museum Fridericianum in Kassel. Foreign Minister Steinmeier issued the following statement on this today (26 October):

I am most delighted that Anne Imhof is to design the German Pavilion at the 57th International Art Exhibition in Venice in 2017, and I would like to congratulate Susanne Pfeffer on making this choice.

With her brilliant art performances and choreographies, Anne Imhof has frequently taken the artistic world by storm, not only in Germany, such as recently at the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin, but also internationally.

Anne Imhof stands for a vibrant art form that unites different styles and genres and brings people together beyond borders, thereby promoting international cultural exchange. This is another reason why I will endeavour to see Germany’s contribution to the International Art Exhibition for myself in the coming year.

Background information:

From Basel to New York, Anne Imhof has exhibited her innovative works around the world. She was a Villa Aurora scholarship holder in 2015 and received the National Gallery Prize for Young Art in the same year.

In December 2015, Foreign Minister Steinmeier appointed Susanne Pfeffer as curator of the official German contribution to the 57th International Art Exhibition in Venice in 2017. The appointment was made following a recommendation by the Federal Foreign Office Art and Exhibitions Committee, whose members include art experts and directors of leading German art museums.

Germany traditionally makes a national contribution to the International Art Exhibition in Venice, which is commissioned and largely co-financed by the Federal Foreign Office. The Foreign Office thus helps to foster a lively arts scene in Germany and promotes international cultural exchange as cultural co-production. The German contribution will be realised in cooperation with the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (ifa) in Stuttgart.

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