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Biennale Arte 2019, Collateral Events 58th International Art Exhibition, Venice



‘I hope that people will experience my way of practising my own death as something useful for themselves.’

– James Lee Byars

From May 11 to November 24, 2019, the Vanhaerents Art Collection present its second major exhibition on the occasion of the Venice Biennale.

Entitled ‘The Death of James Lee Byars’, the exhibition features works by James Lee Byars and Zad Moultaka is on view at the church of the Santa Maria della Visitazione.

This presentation, curated by Walter Vanhaerents, is part of the Vanhaerents Art Collection’s exhibition programme, dedicated to creating a dialogue between the work of internationally established and upcoming artists.

The Death of James Lee Byars allows the public to reconnect with one of James Lee Byars’ most iconic installations, which the artist created in Brussels exactly 25 years ago and which has been part of the Collection since 1996. In addition, the audience is invited to discover Zad Moultaka’s new creation that directly engages with Byars’ work and has been specifically commissioned for this occasion.

Practical information:

The Death of James Lee Byars,
Zad Moultaka in dialogue

Curator: Walter Vanhaerents
Assistant curator: Vincent Verbist

Location: Chiesa di Santa Maria della Visitazione
Fondamenta Zattere Ai Gesuati, 30123 Venice, Italy

Collateral events

Dates: 11 May – 24 November 2019
Opening dates: Tuesday to Sunday. Closed on Mondays
Opening hours: 10 am – 6 pm

Admission: free
Accessibility: by vaporetto: lines 2, 5.1, 5.2, 6 and 8, Alilaguna Linea Blu (stop ‘Zattere’)


Press contact:

+ 32 2 644 61 91 –
Noor Van der Poorten + 32 475 47 29 44 –
Séverine Provost + 32 497 48 01 55 –

Press contact for Italy:

Venice Art Factory
+39 328 658 38 71 –



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