The 58th International Art Exhibition in Venice : Strengthening the Social Power of Culture

The 58th International Art Exhibition, titled May You Live In Interesting Times, takes place from May 11th until November 24th 2019 in Venice

May 14th, 2019
Margareta Calugher, News from Berlin
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The pre-opening of the 58th International Art Exhibition took place on May 8th, 9th and 10th, in Venice and the awards ceremony and inauguration were held on Saturday May 11th 2019. The International Art Exhibition is a platform for different countries to promote their culture through arts.

The exhibition is organized by La Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta and curated by Ralph Rugoff, the current director of the Hayward Gallery in London. According to the Exhibition President Paolo Baratta, even if the title is a phrase mistakenly cited in English as an ancient Chinese curse that invokes periods of uncertainty and turmoil, the title is mostly an invitation to consider the course of human events in their complexity, especially nowadays when oversimplification is easily generated by conformism. Therefore, the Biennale Arte in Venice is seeking to contribute to debates about art and its role in society, about the precarious aspects of existence today, including different threats to key traditions, institutions and relationships of the “post-war order.” 

With 79 participants from all over the world, the Exhibition extends from the Central Pavilion (Giardini) to the Arsenale.

In addition to the artists´ participations, the Exhibition also has the involvement from governments of 89 Countries. Every Nation has its Pavilion to present the county´ culture through art.

This year, the German Pavilion is reflecting through its artwork a cosmopolitan Germany that is committed to cultural exchange. The exhibition was designed by Franciska Zólyom as curator and Natascha Süder Happelmann as the responsible artist. On the opening day, the German Foreign Minister Maas opened the exhibition with the statement: « The social power of culture, of art – this is what we want to strengthen with our cultural relations and education policy. Art is more than aesthetics. Art is about society. And cultural policy is social policy ».


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