56TH INTERNATIONAL ART EXHIBITION
LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA
Herman de Vries – to be all ways to be
Wednesday, 6 May 2015 | 2pm
Preview: 6-8 May 2015
Curators: Colin Huizing and Cees de Boer
Commissioner: Mondriaan Fund
9 May-22 November 2015
herman de vries, venetian details, 2015
herman de vries (b. 1931) is representing The Netherlands at the 56th International Art Exhibition
la Biennale di Venezia. Under the title to be all ways to be theDutch Pavilion
exhibits new sculptures, objects, works on paper and photography by de vries.
Educated as a horticulturist and natural scientist, de vries gathers, orders, isolates and displays objects from nature,
directing our attention to both the unity and the diversity of the world around us. In his preparatory travels to Venice,
de vries collected many objects from the Laguna, the Giardini and the city, resulting in multiple works both in the
Dutch Pavilion and on the deserted island of
Lazzaretto Vecchio in the southern Laguna.
The exhibition is curated by Colin Huizing and Cees de Boer.
Special boat trips will bring people to de vries’s sanctuarium:
Lazzaretto Vecchio, several times a week
(on 6, 7, 8 and 9 May at 11:00 am, 13:00 pm, 15:00 pm).
Tickets for these trips are available at the Dutch Pavilion.
Departure will be from Ponte dei Giardini. No fee is required.
Access to the Dutch Pavilion requires accreditation for the Venice Biennale.
Please use the accreditation form available on the following website:
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