The National Pavilions of the Venice Biennale:
Spaces for Cultural Diplomacy
Dimension: 512 x 768 px
Published: December 2014
Languages: Italian and English
English translations: Giuliana Racco
Copy editing: Antonio Cataldo
Editorial coordination: Ana María Bresciani, Enrica Cavarzan
For Angela Vettese, the recent increase of national participation in the Venice Biennale indicates a growing urgency for redefinition on the part of states in a post-globalized world. Her analysis reveals that openness and democracy are key image-building concepts, precisely for those nations whose internal policies often follow a completely different direction.
Art critic and scholar, Angela Vettese has dedicated special attention to the strategic policies of the Venice Biennale. She is founder and director of the graduate degree program in Visual Arts at the IUAV University, Venice, where she also teaches Contemporary Art Theory and Criticism. She has held conferences at numerous Italian academies and universities. From 2002 to 2013 she was president of the Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation in Venice. 2005 to 2009 saw her direct the Galleria Civica in Modena, while she chaired the international jury of the 53rd Venice Biennale of Visual Arts in 2009. From 1995 to 2004, she was the curator of the Antonio Ratti Foundation in Como. She has contributed with critical essays to international catalogues published by the Philadelphia Museum of Arts, Phaidon Press, Sternberg and Koenig, among others. She has written for the Sole 24 Ore’s cultural magazine La Domenica since 1986.