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Venice Biennale of Art May You Live In Interesting Times

Venice Biennale of Art: artists of padillions, hours, periods, dates, cost of the tickets and expositions' seats at Arsenale and Giardini.

Venice Biennale of Art
58th Venice Biennale of Art - Gardens, Corderie, Arsenale - City of Venice

Exhibition in progress from 11 May to 24 November 2019

News on 58th Venice Art Biennale

The Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement of the 58th Venice International Art Exhibition will be awarded to Jimmie Durham with the following motivation by the curator Ralph Rugoff:

«I indicated Jimmie Durham for the Golden Lion for the career of the 58th International Art Exhibition for the remarkable achievements in the artistic field he has achieved in the last sixty years and, in particular, for his way of making art which the same time knows how to be critical, amusing and deeply humanistic.

The 58th Biennial of Art will open to the public the 11th of May 2019. But the 8th, 9th and 10th there will be the various openings and collateral events that always animate the Venetian artistic life.

The 58° Biennale Arte of Venice

The title of the 58th edition of the Art Biennale is May You Live In Interesting Times; the English expression is known to Anglo-Saxon speakers as Chinese curse - although there is no proven connection with Chinese culture for this reason - and it is used ironically as it is believed that history has amply proven that interesting periods are usually sad for most of humanity while - following Hegel - "the periods of happiness are the white pages of history".

The Biennale of Art 2019 of Venice evokes therefore periods of uncertainty, of crises and full of disorders, like those that are lived in these last years. Periods in which often mystification and simplism prevails, to which art always faces by raising fundamental questions for man and society.

Internation Jury of 58° Biennale Arte of Venice

On the proposal of the Artistic Director Ralph Rugoff, the Board of the Venice Biennale, chaired by Paolo Baratta, classified the International Jury of the 58th International Art Exhibition.

Stephanie Rosenthal (Germany), President of the Jury. Director of the Gropius Bau Contemporary Art Gallery in Berlin, she has curated numerous international personalities and collective exhibitions in 2016.

Defne Ayas (Turkey / Holland), curator of the V-A-C Foundation in Moscow. She was director of the Witte de With Art Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam (2012-2017). He curated the Turkish Pavilion at the 56th Venice Art Biennale.

Cristiana Collu (Italy), director of the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rome. Since 2012 she has been director of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto and previously of the MAN_Museo d'Arte of the Province of Nuoro.

Sunjung Kim (Korea), Foundation of the Biennial of the curator and President of Gwangju. He also directed the Art Sonje Center in Seoul, where he started the Real DMZ Project.

Hamza Walker (USA), curator of the Renaissance Society of Chicago and is executive director of LAXART in Los Angeles. He received the Norton Curatorial Grant in 1999, the Walter Hopps Award in 2004, the Ordway Prize in 2010.

The Italian Pavilion of the 58th Venice Art Biennale

The Italian Pavilion will be entitled Neither this nor this: the challenge to the labyrinth. The curator MIlovan Farronato is inspired by Borges to Calvino to stage "a display system" that will give rise to various entrances and different exhibitions, according to a labyrinthine concept precisely, in which the visitor can lose his space-time references. The works of the three invited artists will animate the environment: Enrico David (Ancona, 1966), Liliana Moro (Milan, 1961) and Chiara Fumai (Rome 1978 - Bari 2017); in the latter case a posthumous invitation being the artist who passed away in August 2017 in the Doppelganger Gallery of Bari at just 39 years old.

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Artists and Nations participating in the 58th Venice Art Biennale

79 artists are invited to exhibit at the 58th Venice Biennale of Art, with a prevalence of women. Among them the 2 Italians Ludovica Carbotta and Lara Favaretto. The first will create a site-specific work in Forte Marghera, inside the building known as the Austrian Powder Mill.

In all, 91 nations will take part in the Venice Biennale in the Pavilion locations at the Giardini, at the Arsenale and in the historic center of Venice. There will be 4 countries present for the first time at the Art Biennale: Algeria, Ghana, Madagascar, Malaysia and Pakistan. The Dominican Republic and the Republic of Kazakhstan will open their pavilion for the first time.

The 58th Venice International Art Biennale will as always present the participating nations in the exhibition space of the National Pavilions at the Giardini and the Arsenale; but also the historic center of Venice will be in the front row in an exhibition that will involve the whole city in a sparse order that lists more than 50 exhibition venues.

All the Pavilions of Venice Biennale of Art

Pavilions of 58th Biennale Arte of Venice

- Albania Pavilion Maybe the cosmos is not so extraordinary
- Andorra Pavilion is The Future is Now
- Antigua and Barbuda Pavilion Find Yourself: Carnival and Resistance
- Australian Pavilion Assembly
- Azerbaigian Pavilion Virtual Reality
- Bosnia and Herzegovina Pavilion Zenica Trilogy
- Bielorusia Pavilion Exit
- Brazil Pavilion Swinguerra
- Bulgaria Pavilion How We Live
- Canada Pavilion ISUMA
- Chile Pavilion Altered Views
- Denmark Pavilion is Heirloom
- Finland Pavilion A Greater Miracle of Perception
- France Pavilion Deep See Blue Surrounding You
- Greece Pavilion Mr. Stigl
- Grenada Pavilion Epic Memory
- Holland Pavilion is The Measurement of Presence
- India Pavilion Our Time for a Future Caring
- Iraq Pavilion Fatherland
- Iceland Pavilion Chromo Sapiens – Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir / Shoplifter
- Ireland Pavilion The Shrinking Universe
- Israeli Pavilion is Field Hospital X
- Italy Pavilion Neither, Nor. The Challenge to the Labyrinth
- Japan Pavilion Cosmo-Eggs
- Kiribati Pavilion Pacific Time - Time Flies
- Korea Pavilion History Has Failed Us, but No Matter
- Latvia Pavilion Saules Suns
- Madagascar Pavilion I have forgotten the night
- Malta Pavilion Maleth / Haven / Port-Heterotopias of Evocation
- Mexican Pavilion Actos de Dios / Acts of God
- Mongolia Pavilion A Temporality
- Montenegro Pavilion Odiseja/An Odyssey/Un`Odissea
- Mozambique Pavilion The Past, the Present and The in Between
- New Zealand Pavilion Post hoc
- Nordic Pavilion is Weather Report: Forecasting Future
- North Macedonia Pavilion Subversion to Red
- Pakistan Pavilion is Manora Field Notes
- Perù Pavilion “Indios Antropófagos”. A butterfly Garden in the (Urban) Jungle
- Philippine Pavilion Island Weather
- Portugal Pavilion is A seam, a surface, a hinge or a knot
- Romania Pavilion is Unfinished Conversations on the Weight of Absence
- Russia Pavilion Lc 15:11-32
- San Marino Pavilion Friendship Project International
- Serbia Pavilion Regaining Memory Loss
- Seychelles Pavilion Drift
- Saudi Arabia Pavilion After Illusion بعد   توهم
- Singapore Pavilion Music For Everyone: Variations on a Theme
- Slovenia Pavilion is Here we go again... SYSTEM 317
- Spain Pavilion is Perforated by Itziar Okariz and Sergio Prego
- Switzerland Pavilion Moving Backwards
- Thailand The Revolving World
- Turkey Pavilion is We, Elsewhere
- UAE (United Arab Emirates) Pavilion Passage
- UK Pavilion Cathy Wilkes
- Ukraine Pavilion The Shadow of Dream cast upon Giardini della Biennale
- Uruguay Pavilion La casa empática
- USA Pavilion Martin Puryear: Liberty/Libertà
- Zimbabwe Pavilion is Soko Risina Musoro (The Tale without a Head)

- Pavilion Venezia

Collateral events of the 58th Venice Art Biennale

The Venice Biennale also includes a catalog of events, proposed by international bodies and institutions, which will set up their exhibitions and their initiatives in Venice at the same time as the 58th International Art Exhibition in Venice.

So far there are 21 collateral events of the 58th edition of the Biennale d'Arte, promoted by national and international non-profit organizations and institutions.

Curator of the 58th Venice Art Biennale

The 2019 edition is curated by Ralph Rugoff.

"With the assignment to Ralph Rugoff we wanted to bring further contribution and formal clarity to the idea cultivated in all these twenty years on the role of the Biennale and, in particular, of the Art Exhibition."

- Paolo Baratta (President of the Venice Biennale)

Ralph Rugoff. Curator of the Venice Biennale of Art

The 58th Exhibition is curated by Ralph Rugoff, director of the Hayward Gallery in London. Critic and essayist - he is the author of the Circus Americanus (1995) - Rugoff is also active as an independent curator.

The 58th Venice International Biennial Art will present the participating nations in the exhibition space of the National Pavilions at the Giardini and the Arsenale as usual; but also the historic center of Venice will be in the front row in an exhibition that will involve the whole city in a scattered order that lists more than 50 exhibition venues.

Catalog of the 58th Venice Art Biennale

The Venice Biennale also provides a catalog of events, proposed by international institutions and institutions, which will set up their exhibitions and their initiatives in Venice at the same time as the 58th Venice International Art Exhibition.

Biennale Sessions

Also this year the Biennale Sessions project designed for Universities, Academies and institutions operating in research and education in the field of arts and architecture. The project aims to facilitate visits to groups of at least 50 students and teachers by providing assistance in organizing travel and accommodation in Venice; but also to organize free seminars at the Biennale.

All the Pavilions of Venice Biennale of Art

Exhibition seat at Giardini Art Biennale

The headquarters of the Gardens represents the core of the Biennale Exhibition since the first edition that was held in 1985. The Biennale Gardens are part of the Napoleonic Gardens - the other part is intended for public green - made between 1807 and 1812 on a project of the neoclassical architect Giannantonio Selva (1751 - 1819) demolishing the churches of San Domenico and Sant'Antonio.
The first construction of the Central Pavilion was followed by the National Pavilions built starting in 1907 and the quai were signed by internationally recognized artists and architects. Inside the Gardens, apart from the numerous national pavilions, there are also monuments dedicated to Italian and 20th century figures of culture and politics.

Exhibition Pavillions of the Giardini

- Italian Pavilion
- 29 National Halls
- Stirling Pavilion or Book
- Biennale Library with over 150 thousand volumes

The National Pavilions were all built on the initiative of the individual nations of the Biennale according to the following order:

1907: Belgium (Léon Sneyers)
1909: Hungary (Géza Rintel Maróti), restored by Benkhard August in 1958
1909: Germany (Daniele Donghi), demolished and rebuilt in 1938 (Ernst Haiger)
1909: Great Britain (Edwin Alfred Rickards)
1912: France (Umberto Bellotto)
1912: Holland (Gustav Ferdinand Boberg), demolished and rebuilt in 1953 (Gerrit Thomas Rietveld)
1914: Russia (Aleksej V. Scusev)
1922: Spain (Javier De Luque) with a façade renovated in 1952 by Joaquin Vaquero Palacios
1926: Czech Republic and Slovak Republic (Otakar Novotny)
1930: United States of America (Chester Holmes Aldrich and William Adams Delano)
1932: Denmark (Carl Brummer) expanded in 1958 by Peter Koch
1932: Venice Pavilion (Brenno Del Giudice), enlarged in 1938
1934: Austria (Josef Hoffmann)
1934: Greece (M. Papandréou - B. Del Giudice)
1952: Israel (Zeev Rechter)
1952: Switzerland (Bruno Giacometti)
1954: Venezuela (Carlo Scarpa)
1956: Japan (Takamasa Yoshizaka)
1956: Finland (Alvar Aalto Pavilion)
1958: Canada (BBPR Group, Gian Luigi Banfi, Ludovico Barbiano di Belgiojoso, Enrico Peressutti, Ernesto Nathan Rogers)
1960: Ex-warehouse of the Biennale awarded to Uruguay
1962: Nordic countries: Sweden, Norway, Finland (Sverre Fehn)
1964: Brazil (Amerigo Marchesin)
1987: Australia (Philip Cox), rebuilt in 2015 (J.Denton, B.Corker, B.Marshall)
1995: Korea (Seok Chul Kim and Franco Mancuso)

Services of the exhibition seat of the Biennale Giardini

- Bar
- Restaurant
- Bookshop
- Info point
- Free cloakroom service
- Free stroller rental
- Changing table
- Pets are allowed on a small leash in the green area of the Giardini

How to reach the Venice Biennale Giardini

From Piazzale Roma and the Ferrovia the Gardens of the South Biennale can be reached by vaporetto with lines 4.1, 5.1, 6 (the fastest), 1 with Giardini Stop.
From Rialto you can arrive by vaporetto with lines 1 with Giardini stop or 2 to San Marco and then change lines from San Marco (see below).
From Piazza San Marco you can reach the vaporetto with lines 4.1, 5.1, 1 with Giardini stop or walk along Riva degli Schiavoni in 15 minutes or by bus.

Exhibition seat of the Arsenale Art Biennale

The Arsenale, following an important recovery project, began hosting the Biennale of Art from 1980; over the years, moreover, the Arsenale space has been enlarged adding more spaces: the Teatro alle Tese and the Piccolo Arsenale Theater (2000), the Giardino delle Vergini (2009), the Sale d'Armi (2015).

Arsenal exhibition spaces

- Italian Pavilion
- National Pensions
- Corderie
- Teatro alle Tese
- Piccolo Arsenale Theater
- Giardino delle Vergini
- Sale d'Armi
- Artillery
- Ponte dei Pensieri
- Isolotto
- Gaggiandre
- Fonderie and Bombarde

Arsenal exhibition space services

- Bar
- Restaurant
- Bookshop
- Info point
- Free cloakroom service
- Free stroller rental
- Changing table
- Breastfeeding space and baby food
- Family space
- Access with animals is not permitted

How to reach the Venice Arsenale

From Piazzale Roma and the Ferrovia the south Arsenale can be reached by vaporetto with lines 4.1, 1 and Arsenale stop or on foot from Riva degli Schiavoni and Giardini (line 6) in a few minutes on foot.
From Rialto you can arrive by vaporetto with lines 1 with Arsenale stop or 2 to San Marco and then change lines from San Marco (see below).
From Piazza San Marco you can reach the vaporetto with lines 4.1, 1 with Arsenale stop or walk along Riva degli Schiavoni in 15 minutes or by bus.

History of the Art Biennale

In 1890 Riccardo Selvatico (1849 - 1901), Italian playwright and poet, then just elected mayor of Venice (1890 - 1895), in synergy with other cultural figures such as the politician Antonio Fradeletto, the painter Mario de Maria (1852 - 1924), he began to define the project of a contemporary biennial art exhibition that could give Venice a centrality in the world and in the world art market.

With the former mayor Lorenzo Tiepolo, thanks to the activism of the Fradelettto and the councilor for the public education Giovanni Bordiga, future founder of the IUAV (1926) and first president of the Art Biennale not to be mayor of the city (1849 - 1901), the first National Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture was organized in 1887; this event was the detonator for the creation of the future Venice Art Biennale.

The Municipal Council, chaired by the Selvatico, in 1893 decided to set up the National Biennial Art Exhibition to be inaugurated on 22 April 1894. However, the exhibition venue was decided for the Napoleonic Gardens where the Exposition Palace was erected on the project of the architect Enrico Trevisanato, and intervention in the neoclassical façade of the Venetian painter Marius De Maria. The Palace was first called "Pro Arte", then Palazzo Italia.
The doors of the I International Exhibition of Art in the city of Venice, in the presence of the sovereigns Umberto I and Margherita di Savoia, finally opened on April 30, 1895 to an audience that immediately proved to be voracious of art so much that the first edition came to score the incredible number of 224 thousand visitors.

During the first editions, and then partly until the nineties of the twentieth century, foreign participants were hosted at Palazzo Italia. The first to build their pavilion were the Belgians with the architect Léon Sneyers in 1907. They followed Hungary (1909), Germany (1909), Great Britain (1909), France (1912), Russia (1914) ) before the forced break during the First World War that blew up the two editions of '16 and '18. But first the Fradeletto had time to remove a Picasso from the Italian Pavilion (1914), in the Spanish Salon, to avoid - according to him - to disturb the public.

Hours: Gardens from 10.00 to 18.00. Arsenale from 10.00 to 18.00 (from 10.00 to 20.00 on Friday and Saturday until September 30th). Closed on Mondays (except May 13, September 2, November 18).
Tickets: please visit the official website. On the web € 21.50 until 31 March 2019.
Phone: +39.041.5218711; fax +39.041.5218704
E-mail: aav@labiennale.org
Web: Biennale of Venice


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