Artist Anne Imhof has been selected to represent Germany in the 2017 Venice Biennale.
“With Anne Imhof, an excellent artist has been selected for the German contribution to the 57th Biennale”, said Elke aus dem Moore, Head of Art of ifa (Institute for Foreign Relations), which coordinates the German Pavilion. “Imhof creates visually rich performances with dense imagery and penetrating intensity. The curatorial concept of Susanne Pfeffer is to look at how man is changing through the current technological and socioeconomic conditions, and how our concept of the body must be rethought.“
The pavilion will be curated by Susanne Pfeffer, director of the Kunsthalle Fridericianum (Kassel). This will be Pfeffer’s second consecutive assignment in Venice: in 2015, she curated the Swiss Pavilion, featuring works by artist Pamela Rosenkranz.
Imhof’s career got a major boost after having won the Nationalgalerie Prize for Young Art in 2015 and after producing her critically acclaimed “Angst”. This immersive, multi-part opera first opened at the Kunsthalle Basel earlier this year and was subsequently shown at Hamburger Bahnhof. The third and final part is currently on view in Canada, presented as part of La Biennale de Montréal.