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Petition to
Paolo Baratta (President, la Biennale di Venezia)

Why this petition matters

Started by BiennalYe


With contemporary art lingering confused in a mannerist phase, and architecture having abandoned its ambitions of changing the world, we believe West is the best person to show us the way forward and to explain, agitate, and situate creative production in its current cultural and global setting. As such, we believe West should be invited to curate and direct the world's biggest bi-annual international exhibition.

West has a longstanding history of deep and sincere engagement with art. Art school educated, West has been the figure that has gotten Vanessa Beecroft onto MTV (through their collaboration on Runaway), and placed George Condo in Walmart (through his cover art for My Beautiful Twisted Dark Fantasy). Plus, he photoblogged the entirety of Urs Fischer's 2009 New Museum exhibition.

As a champion of contemporary architecture, West has taken renegade architectural practice OMA to Cannes (through their design of a pyramid to screen his film Cruel Summer), lectured to students at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and even turned the word 'architecture' into a verb. Hell, his statement, "Everything needs to actually be architected", would offer a profound title for Venice's architecture exhibition.

West understands the conflicts and confluences of culture and entertainment, and the mechanisms for making creative production public, better than most others in the business. He is perfectly situated to bring these significant contemporary complexities to the heart of cultural discourse, via the world's largest exhibition of art or architecture .

Plus, we feel damn sure he would put on a decent exhibition, and give the stagnant worlds of art and design a significant kick with his Yeezys.

Dreaming of free entrance for those wearing leather tracksuit bottoms, an Instagram sponsored prize for best national pavilion, and a special fleet of Maybach vaporettos, we ask for Kanye West to be appointed Artistic Director of the Visual Arts or Architecture Section of the Venice Biennale.

This petition was originally titled 'APPOINT KANYE WEST TO CURATE THE 2015 VENICE ART BIENNALE'. Following the appointment of Okwui Enwezor to curate the 2015 Biennale, we have expanded our horizons, and will now maintain the petition in perpetuity until Ye is finally appointed artistic director of the Venice Biennale, as he was born to do. We will now accept his appointment to the position of Artistic Director of either the Art or Architecture Biennales, being equally placed, as he is, to lead both.

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