Jan Kossen

Contemporary Art Gallery


Venice Biennale: Visions of the Self. The Contemporary Figure


Exhibition dates 19 Oct. - 26th Nov. 2017
Deadline for application: 20th June 2017

An international group show held in Palazzo Corner Spinelli during the 57th Venice Biennale. Artists are invited to present their re-interpretation of our world and lives today. 

 During the upcoming Venice Biennale, Artists are invited to send in their proposals for the exhibition on the theme "THE CONTEMPORARY FIGURE" to be held during the upcoming Venice Biennale, in Palazzo Corner Spinelli a 15th-century palace located on the Grand Canal. 

For more information about the theme, visit www.arteponte.info. For a PDF of the curatorial vision, email hello@arteponte.org. 

Online application

Call to Artists

Selected artists are based on previous exhibition history and the strength of their curatorial proposal for the project. Open to all artists working in all media, the exhibition will have a predominant focus on professional artists from Asia, SE Asia, Africa, USA, Caribbean and Russia and surrounding regions. The aim will however be, to curate an experience that will avoid “labeling” artists geographically, but rather have the artworks speak for themselves.

About the Palazzo

The palace was commissioned in the late 15th century by the aristocratic Lando Family, and built on designs by Mauro Codussi, (1440–1504)  an Italian architect of the early-Renaissance.  He was one of the first to bring the classical style of the early renaissance to Venice to replace the prevalent Gothic style.  The present façade is a perfect example, of the Renaissance geometric style designed by Codussi between 1497 and 1500. In the 16th century, the new owners, the Corner family asked Michele Sanmicheli to reconstruct the interior.


The Main Floor ‘Piano Nobile’ is divided by a hallway entrance, and three grand rooms that reflect the classic type of Venetian palaces of the sixteenth century: some ancient frescoes and stucco still intact, rooms are joined by a large balcony overlooking the Grand Canal.


There are six rooms, all painted and adorned with significant antique stucco and spectacular terrazzo floors suited perfectly to an art exhibition those entrances from both historical and contemporary perspectives.

The last word

The exhibitions shall make a meaningful contribution to the program of during 57th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia 2017 not only because of its high artistic quality, experimental methodology and innovative public programming but also since it engages the largest and most rapidly developing regions of the world that have historically been unrepresented as a common platform at the Venice Biennale.