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VENICE BIENNALE ARTE 2019

Art | March 27, 2019 |

VENICE BIENNALE ARTE 2019 - "MAY YOU LIVE IN INTERESTING TIMES"Image courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia

VENICE BIENNALE ARTE 2019 – “MAY YOU LIVE IN INTERESTING TIMES”
La Biennale di Venezia, Venice
May 11, 2019 – November 24, 2019

The 58th International Art Exhibition, titled May You Live In Interesting Times, is curated by Ralph Rugoff and organized by La Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta. The pre-opening will take place on May 8th, 9th and 10th, the awards ceremony and inauguration will be held on Saturday May 11th 2019.

VENICE BIENNALE ARTE 2019 - "MAY YOU LIVE IN INTERESTING TIMES"Image courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia

«The title of this Exhibition could be interpreted as a sort of curse – stated President Paolo Baratta – where the expression “interesting times” evokes the idea of challenging or even “menacingtimes, 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. And I believe that an exhibition of art is worth our attention, first and foremost, if it intends to present us with art and artists as a decisive challenge to all oversimplifying attitudes.»

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«We want to offer them an open place – Exhibition‘s President Paolo Baratta concludes – where they can feel involved in encounters with the works and the artists, in the direct discovery of the “other” which the work of art offers. To us, it is important that, when entering the exhibit, the “public” becomes “visitors” who then become “viewers” of the works. First, the necessary disorientation, then the involvement, followed by the discovery; it is almost a fencing drill. To share this direction is one of the reasons we have asked Ralph Rugoff to collaborate with us on this twentieth anniversary.»

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The Exhibition will develop from the Central Pavilion (Giardini) to the Arsenale, and will include 79 artists from all over the world. Ralph Rugoff has declared: «May You Live in Interesting Times will no doubt include artworks that reflect upon precarious aspects of existence today, including different threats to key traditions, institutions and relationships of the “post-war order”. But let us acknowledge at the outset that art does not exercise its forces in the domain of politics. Art cannot stem the rise of nationalist movements and authoritarian governments in different parts of the world, for instance, nor can it alleviate the tragic fate of displaced peoples across the globe (whose numbers now represent almost one percent of the world’s entire population)».

VENICE BIENNALE ARTE 2019 - "MAY YOU LIVE IN INTERESTING TIMES"Image courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia

«But in an indirect fashion, perhaps art can be a kind of guide for how to live and think in “interesting times”. The 58th International Art Exhibition will 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. The Exhibition will focus on the work of artists who challenge existing habits of thought and open up our readings of objects and images, gestures and situations. Art of this kind grows out of a practice of entertaining multiple perspectives: of holding in mind seemingly contradictory and incompatible notions, and juggling diverse ways of making sense of the world. Artists who think in this manner offer alternatives to the meaning of so-called facts by suggesting other ways of connecting and contextualising them. Animated by boundless curiosity and puncturing wit, their work encourages us to look askance at all unquestioned categories, concepts and subjectivities. It invites us to consider multiple alternatives and unfamiliar vantage points, and to discern the ways in which “order” has become the simultaneous presence of diverse orders.»

VENICE BIENNALE ARTE 2019 - "MAY YOU LIVE IN INTERESTING TIMES"Image courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia

 The Exhibition will also include 91 National Participations in the historic Pavilions at the Giardini, at the Arsenale and in the historic city centre of Venice. Five countries will be participating for the first time at the Biennale Arte: Algeria, Ghana, Madagascar, Malaysia and Pakistan. The Dominican Republic exhibits for the first time at the Biennale Arte with its own national pavilion. The Italian Pavilion at the Tese delle Vergini in the Arsenale, sponsored and promoted by the Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, Direzione Generale Arte e Architettura Contemporanee e Periferie Urbane, will be curated this year by Milovan Farronato.

VENICE BIENNALE ARTE 2019 - "MAY YOU LIVE IN INTERESTING TIMES"Image courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia

21 Collateral events which are admitted by the curator and promoted by non-profit national and international bodies and institutions, take place in several locations; they offer a wide range of contributions and participations that enrich the diversity of voices that characterizes the  58th International Art Exhibition.

more. www.labiennale.org

VENICE BIENNALE ARTE 2019 - "MAY YOU LIVE IN INTERESTING TIMES"Image courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia

VENICE BIENNALE ARTE 2019 - "MAY YOU LIVE IN INTERESTING TIMES"Image courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia

VENICE BIENNALE ARTE 2019 - "MAY YOU LIVE IN INTERESTING TIMES"Image courtesy of La Biennale di VeneziaVENICE BIENNALE ARTE 2019 - "MAY YOU LIVE IN INTERESTING TIMES"Image courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia

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