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France and Germany to swap pavilion buildings at 2013 Venice Biennale

Christine Macel, curator of the French Pavilion and the artist Anri Sala; Susanne Gaensheimer, the curator of the German pavilion and the group of artists she invited Ai Weiwei, Romuald Karmakar, Santu Mofokeng, and Dayanita Singh have agreed to exchange spaces for the next biennale.

The press release from the Institute Français details that ‘this move had been discussed time and again in the past decade, and this year the curators and artists chosen for the French and German Pavilions decided to start a constructive dialogue, eventually agreeing to exchange the spaces of the pavilions, without any specific artistic collaboration. International dialogue is a given in today’s art world, which seems much more defined by the meeting of cultural spheres than by the rigidity of national borders. Moreover, the curators as well as the artists feel committed to the vision of a common European culture in the larger framework of a global cultural community.”

Anri Sala, artist, French Pavilion
Christine Macel, curator, French Pavilion
Santi Mofokeng, artist, German Pavilion
Susanne Gaensheimer, curator, German Pavilion
Dayanita Singh, artist, German Pavilion
Romuald Karmakar, artist, German Pavilion
Ai Weiwei, artist, German Pavilion