Belgian pavilion at Venice Biennale showcases 'folkloric giants'

Belgium will be represented at the 60th edition of the Venice Biennale with an exhibition designed by the collective Petticoat Government. The project, chosen by the French-speaking Community, was presented in Brussels on Thursday.

The seven artists of the collective have developed "a multidisciplinary scenario based on folkloric giants" inspired by different communities in Belgium, France and Spain for the event.

In Venice, the five-metre tall giants will be exhibited on a transparent platform. "We want to play with dimensions and make our giants move when they dance. Visitors will create movement by walking under the platform," says the collective.

The travelling project kicked off in Leuven on 9 December. "The Belgian pavilion is not the final destination, it is just a stopover," the artists said. "During our journey we will put the giants on stage. All this will be documented."

The Venice Biennale is one of the world's most important platforms for the visual arts and architecture. This year it runs from 20 April to 24 November.

At the previous edition of the event two years ago, Flanders chose the participating artists, curator Hilde Teerlinck and artist Francis Alÿs.



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