The 57th Venice Biennial is a great triumph within contemporary art as it gathers hundreds of artworks by artists engaged in reflection on human behaviour and nature, its meaning and expressions. Given the undeniable capability of the Venice Biennial to constantly renew an art show of this magnitude and conceptual depth, I commend its curators and organisers, as well as the artists, many of whom are taking part for the first time and whose works bring new perspectives and encourage reflection amongst the visitors. I would like to particularly congratulate the Brazilian artist Cinthia Marcelle, who was selected to single-handedly occupy the Brazilian Pavilion in this edition of the show. Her exceptional work with sculpture, photography and installation, as well as the work that was specially commissioned for the Venice Biennial, are a testament to both the quality of her oeuvre and the artistic potential of our country inasmuch as they carry, in a singular combination, her poetic vision and the topicality of her contemporary art. I would also like to highlight how the Biennial contemplates international participation, turning Venice into an important window to artists from all over the world. By encouraging the interchange of artists, as well as creativity and innovation, the gathering of new audiences and the dissemination of artworks and artists, the Venice Biennial commendably fulfils its mission that goes far beyond the promotion of art exhibitions. The Ministry of Culture acknowledges the inherent power of art to stimulate cultural growth, the exchange of experiences and creative production. Therefore, it is only fitting that the Ministry of Culture fully supports the Brazilian participation at the Venice Biennial. Finally, I would like to salute everyone involved. I truly hope for great success to the Brazilian presence in Venice.
Roberto Freire Minister of Culture
Catálogo da 57ª Bienal de Veneza