The closing week of the Biennale Arte 2019

The last days of the 58th International Art Exhibition is to be enlivened by a wide range of meetings, talks and performances. 

Following the great success of last May’s pre-opening-week performances, the closing week of Biennale Arte 2019 will host a series of new performances taking place every day in the Arsenale at Teatro alle Tese and Teatro Piccolo within the context of the Meetings on Art.

The programme extends the theme of the 58th International Art Exhibition, titled May You Live In Interesting Times, and features a line-up of artists who are defining this generation of performance. Tarek Atoui, a participant in the 58th International Art Exhibition, bridges music and contemporary art to expand notions of listening through participatory and collaborative sound performances. In a series of performative lectures and listening sessions, Vivian Caccuri, Bo Zheng, Cooking Sections, Vivien Sansour,and Invernomuto interrogate bio-politics and wider ecological concerns, from the land to the sea to the human body. In a new collaboration, Paul Maheke, Nkisi & Ariel Efraim Ashbel bring to the fore diasporic geographies, ancestral knowledge, and questions of visibility and invisibility of marginalized voices in Western-dominated history. Taken together, the performance programme opens up new and complex readings of the past, present and potential future. (artistic organizer Aaron Cezar; with the additional support of Arts Council England and Delfina Foundation)

“This year’s Exhibition, titled May You Live In Interesting Times, highlights art that exists in between accepted categories and genres – Ralph Rugoff said –  and which questions the rationales behind our categorical thinking. The performance programme exemplifies this kind of approach, testing aesthetic, behavioural and social conventions in a wide range of events”.

On Sunday, November 24th, President of La Biennale di Venezia Paolo Baratta and curator Ralph Rugoff will meet visitors in a public conversation to discuss the legacy of Biennale Arte 2019.
Following the talk, Baratta will launch a new reference book titled Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte, La Biennale di Venezia, 1895-2019, collecting detailed information on all the editions of the International Art Exhibition since its foundation in 1895 to this day. The volume is published by La Biennale di Venezia and edited by La Biennale Historical Archives.

After the exceptional bad weather, the 58th International Art Exhibition is open every day from 10 am to 6 pm. It will come to a close on Sunday, November 24th.

To check the routes and the tide forecasting, please visit the City of Venice’s website.


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