The theme of the first edition of the Valencia Biennial is The Passions. The vices and virtues inherent in human behaviour will be interpreted by 200 leading exponents of creative culture worldwide.
The theme of the first edition of the Valencia Biennial is The Passions. The vices and virtues inherent in human behaviour will be interpreted by 200 leading exponents of creative culture worldwide. Revolving around eight different exhibitions and events, this festival will deal with the open and problematic identity of the contemporary individual. It will question the fundamental ethical, intellectual and sentimental concepts of universal human nature. The opening of the Valencia Biennial will take place on 10 June. The days planned for press preview will be 9, 10 and 11 June. Various exhibitions will be opened by officials on the 11th. The festival will be open to the public on 12 June and will close on 20 October.
9, 10 and 11 June
Opening event in the HemisfÃ¨ric
23 h. Fanfare - 11.509 notes for 2001 musicians
La Fura Dels Baus
The razor in the eye
In collaboration with 10 fashion designers chosen by Daniela Cattaneo (Vogue EspaÃ±a)
11 h. in Las Reales Atarazanas
12 h. in San Miguel de los Reyes
13.30 h. in La Gallera
17 h. in El AlmudÃn
18.30 h. in Convento del Carmen
22 h. in Tinglado nÂº 2, Puerto de Valencia
22.30 h in Las Reales Atarazanas. Live Performances.
Opening to the public
10 h. Convento del Carmen
San Miguel de los Reyes
Las Reales Atarazanas
Tinglado del Puerto
13 June in Plaza de la Virgen
Emir Kusturica & No Smoking Orchestra Live in concert.
In collaboration with Cooperativa Edison, Parma.
The Valencia Biennial is a project sponsored by the Generalitat Valenciana - Valencia's regional assembly - and organised by the assembly's Cultural and Artistic Heritage Department.
Under the management of Luigi Settembrini, the Biennial is based on two basic considerations. The first is that nowadays all contemporary culture languages (from plastic art to fashion, cinema, advertising, theatre, music, photography, architecture, design, television, dance, etc.) occupy the same sphere: innovation. This forces the different languages to set up a dialogue, to integrate and to confront eachother, not simply in a specific area but in a field which is, by definition, a core of magma in constant evolution.
The second consideration is that communication, through the enormous power bestowed on it by TV, the press and the Internet, is reducing the Global Village to something microscopic and is providing all these languages with continuous and identical opportunities, not only for their reach, but also for confrontation and conflict.
These considerations create the need for a new perspective. The Biennial wants to be a privileged observation point of this phenomenon, that represents the ideas, projects, work and energy of the most significant contemporary talents. A great international review to be held every two years in order to probe creative communication between the languages and nurture the artistic situation of the moment.
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