The 58th International Art Exhibition: May You Live In Interesting Times

  • through November 24, 2019
  • La Biennale Di Venezia in the Arsenale
The title of this year's art exhibition at La Biennale Di Venezia is a phrase of English invention that has long been mistakenly cited as an ancient Chinese curse that invokes periods of uncertainty, crisis and turmoil; "interesting times," exactly as the ones we live in today. "But it could also simply be an invitation to always see and consider the course of human events in their complexity," La Biennale Di Venezia President Paola Baratta. This is an invitation, she adds, "that appears to be particularly important in times when, too often, oversimplification seems to prevail, generated by conformism or fear." The exhibition reflects on precarious aspects of existence today, including threats to traditions, institutions and relationships of the post-World War II order. The exhibition includes 89 national participants--including Saudi Arabia, the Gulf states and Lebanon--and four countries that are joining for the first time: Ghana, Madagascar, Malaysia and Pakistan.

Stories of West Africa: Hollis Chatelain
Stories of West Africa: Hollis Chatelain
October 20, 2019 through January 12, 2020
Red Sea International Film Festival 2020
Red Sea International Film Festival 2020
March 12, 2020 through March 21, 2020
La Biennale Di Venezia
View of installation by Lebanese artist Tarek Atoui, whose practice expands notions of listening through participatory and collaborative sound performanced, bridging music and contemporary art. Through his installation, performance and collaborations, he breaks down expectated notions of performance, both for the performer and audience, suggesting multimodal ways of experience: visual, aural and somatic.

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