Biennale of Chianciano, Italy September 2013

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Heather Sarin is an artist based in Ashburton and was accepted to exhibit at the renowned Biennale of Chianciano.

The Biennale is an international festival of contemporary art, held in Tuscany, Italy. My entries were praised by the international judging committee for their “artistic merit” and told they would “contribute positively” to the exhibition.

The Biennale of Chianciano is possibly one of the most beautiful contemporary art exhibitions in the world. The number of artworks shown is in the region of 400 paintings, sculptures and works on paper that are chosen from thousands of hopeful applicants in 40-50 countries around the world.

As this exhibition is seen as being a springboard into the international stage and other events such as the Venice Biennale, Heather took the opportunity to attend the event alongside her chosen artworks. As well as representing herself, she represented Ashburton, Canterbury and the New Zealand art scene as a whole.

The Biennale of Chianciano is an international festival of contemporary art, held every two years (in odd years) in Tuscany, Italy. The exhibition is staged over approximately 3000 square meters of the Chianciano Art Museum and gathers some of the best established, as well as emerging talents in the world. It is an opportunity to see the artworks of talented artists that are selected from all around the world.

In the 2011 edition, the represented nations ranged from Chile to India, Australia to Germany and from the USA to the Philippines. The entire town was engulfed with celebrations. In the central square, the wonderful sculpture “The Journey” by Emilie Cummings dominated Piazza Italia. Inside the Chianciano Art Museum, there was an exceptional range of artistic creativity – very contemporary paintings by artists such as Carlos Tirado, to the intricate paintings by Jette van der Lende. The exhibition was a colourful display of the direction that modern art is taking and we look forward to seeing what Chianciano and its Biennale has to offer in 2013.

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