May 24, 2009 - Fear Society - Pabellón De La Urgencia - 53rd Venice Biennale
May 24, 2009

53rd Venice Biennale

Regina José Galindo
performance, Caja Blanca, Palma de Mallorca
Photo: Julian Stallabrass
Courtesy prometeogallery di Ida Pisani, Milan/Lucca

Collateral event of the
53rd International Art Exhibition -
La Biennale di Venezia
4 June – 4 October 2009

Arsenale Novissimo,
Tese di San Cristoforo,
Tesa 92, Venice

Curated by Jota Castro

Artists invited: Tania Bruguera, Fernando Bryce, Jota Castro, Martin Dammann, Regina José Galindo, Rainer Ganahl, goldiechiari, Hans Haacke, Alfredo Jaar, Jesus Martinez Oliva, Jesus Segura, Ann-Sofi Sidén

Press preview and opening: THURSDAY 4 JUNE, 2009 AT 4 PM
Location: Arsenale Novissimo, Tese di San Cristoforo, Tesa 92, Venice

Exhibition dates: 4 JUNE – 4 OCTOBER 2009
Opening hours: from 4 to 7 June, open 10 am to 8 pm / from 8 June to 4 October, open from 10 am to 6 pm. Closed on Tuesdays


Murcia Cultural of the Autonomous Community of Murcia Region, presents, with the occasion of the 53rd International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, an international group show of artists who work or have worked on the theme of fear.

The world has changed in the last six months. Many of our convictions have collapsed, and we get hit by a new reality everyday. One thing can be sure: our society is governed by fear. Fear is an emotional response to threats and danger. The capacity to fear is part of human nature but the experience of fear is affected by historical and cultural influences.

What do people fear most? Change, the other, financial chaos, spiders, death, terrorist attacks, unemployment, being a failure, immigration, being alone, the future…

The fundamental idea of this project is to show an art that could mirror the frightening times we are living in.

The Fear Society – Pabellón de la Urgencia is a project by the Region of Murcia, venue of the 8th edition of Manifesta – European Contemporary Art Biennial, scheduled for fall 2010.

Catalogue and Newspaper will be published, edited by Mousse

Organization: Región Autonómica de Murcia, Consejería de Cultura y Turismo, Murcia Cultural

Coordination: Chiara Agnello, Roberta Tenconi, Rosa Miñano Pintor, Juan Pérez Pérez, Maria Nicolás Orenes.

Press office: Carlo Simula +39 347 7973217

Reaching the venue: Take the Vaporetto ACTV to Bacini stop (about 30 minutes from Piazza San Marco). Walk from the main entrance of the Arsenale, following signpost (about 15 minutes). During the Biennale opening days, a free boat service connecting the Arsenale with the Arsenale Novissimo will be available.

Admission: FREE

The Fear Society - Pabellón De La Urgencia

Fear Society - Pabellón De La Urgencia
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