Emirates to get new Venice pavilion
By Gareth Harris. From Art Basel Hong Kong daily edition
Published online: 25 May 2013
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has signed a 20-year lease for a national pavilion at the Venice Biennale. It is the first time since 1995 that the organisers of the biennial have signed a “long-term hospitality agreement” for a new national pavilion. The UAE’s ministry of culture, youth and community development and the Sheikha Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation facilitated the deal. The United Arab Emirates will renovate the assigned space (the Holy See has done the same with its new space). This year, the UAE pavilion will feature a solo presentation of the work of the Emirati artist Mohammed Kazem.
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