Zachęta — National Gallery of Art is the custodian of the Polish Pavilion and organizer of the exhibitions at the Biennale Arte and Biennale Architettura in Venice, that are selected through an open competition.
International Art Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia is one of the world’s most prestigious artistic events. It is held biannually since 1895 and Poland has participated since 1932, which is the date of the construction of the Polonia? pavilion that was financed by the Polish government and which remains its property to this day. During the six months of the exhibition, projects from all over the world are presented in national pavilions in the Giardini area, the Arsenale and also spread all over the city. In 1999, Katarzyna Kozyra’s Men’s Bathhouse, exhibited at the Polish Pavilion, won a special mention from the Biennale’s Jury.
Alternating with the Art Biennale since 1980 is the International Architecture Exhibition, presenting the most important international realizations, designs and concepts in the field. Polish presentations have been awarded by the international Jury, including a Golden Lion, the top award, for Best National Participation in 2008 for Hotel Polonia. The Afterlife of Buildings, and a special mention in 2012 for Making the walls quake as if they were dilating with the secret knowledge of great power.
News, information about the current exhibition in the pavilion, the competition, as well as the history of the presentations in Venice can be found on the labiennale.art.pl website administered by Zachęta.
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