Biennale Arte 2019
Worldwide art lovers have descended yet again on Italy’s northern canal town for the 58th International Art Exhibition, titled ‘May You Live In Interesting Times.’ Curated by Ralph Rugoff and organized by La Biennale di Venezia, this year’s exhibition features 89 national participants including four countries making their first ever appearance: Ghana, Madagascar, Malaysia and Pakistan.
Taking place in the historic Pavilions at the Giardini, the Arsenale, and sprinkled around Venice’s city center, this year’s theme challenges participants to reflect on the idea of ‘interesting times,’ whether evoking happiness, sorrow, ease, complexity, uncertainty or pain. President Baratta invites artists to collectively take part in this creative prompt, towards better understanding the current state of the perpetually changing and increasingly challenging times in which we live.
Apart from the international exhibition’s designated pavilions of invited nations and artists, the biennale has spread its wings across all of Venice, with numerous collateral events, complimentary discussions, educational initiatives and special projects scheduled to ensure no visitor leaves unfulfilled or uniformed.
The closest thing the art world gets to an all-you-can-eat buffet, take in as little or as much culture as you please. Just know a trip in or around Venice between now and November would be remiss without a stop by the Biennale.