The town of Carrara is indissolubly linked to marble. Since ancient times, innumerable artists have turned to this particular area of Tuscany to acquire the raw material for their works: Michelangelo (who personally chose his marble at the quarry!), Giambologna, Bernini, Canova are just some of the greats who used Carrara marble. The International Sculpture Biennale celebrates the close relationship between the identity of the territory and marble, at the same time participating in the processes of artistic innovation of the last fifty years, whose protagonists include Henry Moore, Robert Morris, Richard Long, Mario Merz, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Giulio Paolini, Louise Bourgeois, Hidetoshi Nagasawa, Stephan Balkenhol, Antony Gormley, Marc Quinn. The XIVth edition will open in June 2010 and is curated by Fabio Cavallucci, former director of Trento Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea of Trento. Cavallucci aims to have this Biennale recognised as one of the most important contemporary exhibitions in Europe. Alongside a historical exhibition, internationally-acclaimed and emerging artists have been invited to create specific works for Carrara, and to address themes concerning global society as a whole, from post-industrial economics to the evolution of the public role of sculpture and the investigation of its contribution to the creation of a local identity. Amongst the confirmed participants are Cai Guo-Qiang (pictured above), Antony Gormley, Damian Ortega, and Daniel Knorr. Here is a wonderful video in which the artists express the importance of Carrara for them and for art. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJxBH7845ZA[/youtube] INFO: XIV Biennale Internazionale di Scultura From June 21 through October 31 2010.