Biennale Arte 2019
May You Live in Interesting Times
May 11th – November 24th 2019
May You Live in Interesting Times is the title chosen by Ralph Rugoff for the 58th International Art Exhibition: 79 artists whose works are on exhibit at the Central Pavilion in the Giardini and the Arsenale, in a show that “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. The Exhibition will aim to welcome its public to an expansive experience of the deep involvement, absorption and creative learning that art makes possible”. (Ralph Rugoff)
La Biennale Arte 2019 presents 79 artists, 91 National Participations, 21 Collateral Events and 2 Special Projects.
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GIARDINI DELLA BIENNALE
The traditional site of La Biennale Art Exhibitions since the first edition in 1895, the Giardini rise to the eastern edge of Venice and were made by Napoleon at the beginning of the nineteenth century. It was the success of the first editions (more than 200,000 visitors in 1895, more than 300,000 in 1899) to trigger the building of foreign pavilions since 1907, which were added to the already built Central Pavilion. The Giardini now host 29 pavilions of foreign countries, some of them designed by famous architects such as Josef Hoffmann’s Austria Pavilion, Gerrit Thomas Rietveld’s Dutch pavilion or the Finnish pavilion, a pre-fabricated with a trapezoidal plan designed by Alvar Aalto.
ARSENALE EXHIBITION SPACES
The Arsenale was the largest production center in Venice during the pre-industrial era and in full-time periods it had up to 2,000 workers a day. It was a huge complex of construction sites where the Serenissima fleets were built and, therefore, a symbol of the economic, political and military power of the city. Since 1980 the Arsenale has become an exhibition site of La Biennale on the occasion of the 1st International Architecture Exhibition. Later on, the same spaces were used during the Art Exhibitions for the Open section. Since 1999, a program for the enhancement of the area has been implemented, which has allowed to open to the public, among other places: the Teatro alle Tese and the Teatro Piccolo Arsenale (2000), the Giardino delle Vergini (2009), and the Sale d’Armi (2015).