The 58th International Art Exhibition will probably be very excited. Open to the public from Saturday, May 11th to Sunday, November 24th, 2019, at the Giardini and the Arsenale, May You Live in Interesting Times is curated by Ralph Rugoff that has been the Director of the Hayward Gallery of London since 2006.
So let’s start from the title, May You Live in Interesting Times: as the president of Biennale di Venezia Paolo Baratta says, “could be interpreted as a sort of curse, where the expression interesting times evokes the idea of challenging or even menacing times, but it could also simply be an invitation to always see and consider the course of human events in their complexity, an invitation, thus, that appears to be particularly important in times when, too often, oversimplification seems to prevail, generated by conformism or fear.”
This Biennale Arte edition will be a double face one full of hope for the future or a sort of curse, maybe because it’ll not have a theme per se but will highlight a general approach to making art and a view of art’s social function as embracing both pleasure and critical thinking. This atypical approach will suggest a new way to discover the artist’s works. The Exhibition will develop from the Central Pavilion (Giardini) to the Arsenale and will include 79 artists from all over the world.
The Exhibition will also include 90 National Participations in the historic Pavilions at the Giardini, at the Arsenale and in the historic city centre of Venice. Four countries will be participating for the first time at the Biennale Arte: Ghana, Madagascar, Malaysia and Pakistan. The Dominican Republic for the first time at the Biennale Arte with its own national pavilion. The Italian Pavilion at the Tese delle Vergini in the Arsenale will be curated this year by Milovan Farronato.
…And two special projects: one by the artist Ludovica Carbotta in Forte Marghera, inside the building called the Austrian Polveriera; one by Marysia Lewandowska in the Pavilion of Applied Arts located in the Arsenale, Sale d’Armi.
Article by Bianca Felicori