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