The 58th International Art Exhibition
May You Live in Interesting Times
Lawrence Abu Hamdan » Halil Altindere » Korakrit Arunanondchai » Ed Atkins » Nairy Baghramian » Neil Beloufa » Carol Bove » Lee Bul » Antoine Catala » Ian Cheng » Alex Da Corte » Stan Douglas » Jimmie Durham » Haris Epaminonda » Cyprien Gaillard » Gauri Gill » Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster » Shilpa Gupta » Martine Gutierrez » Rula Halawani » Anthony Hernandez » Ryoji Ikeda » Arthur Jafa » Cameron Jamie » Kahlil Joseph » Mari Katayama » Christian Marclay » Teresa Margolles » Jean-Luc Moulène » Zanele Muholi » Otobong Nkanga » Frida Orupabo » Jon Rafman » Tomas Saraceno » Avery Singer » Michael E. Smith » Hito Steyerl » Tavares Strachan » Rosemarie Trockel » Danh Vō » Apichatpong Weerasethakul » LIU Wei (*1972) » Yin Xiuzhen » Anicka Yi » SUN Yuan » & others
Exhibition: 11 May – 24 Nov 2019
Wed 8 May
The Venice Biennale
Ca' Giustinian San Marco 1364
Opening and award ceremony: Saturday 11 May 2019, 10:00 am
The 58th International Art Exhibition, titled May You Live In Interesting Times, will take place from 11 May to 24 November 2019 (Pre-opening on 8, 9, 10 May). The title 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.
The 58th Exhibition is curated by Ralph Rugoff, currently the director of the Hayward Gallery in London. Between 1985 and 2002 he wrote art and cultural criticism for numerous periodicals, publishing widely in art magazines as well as newspapers, and published a collection of essays, Circus Americanus (1995). During the same period he began working as an independent curator.
Ralph Rugoff has declared: «May You Live in Interesting Times will no doubt include artworks that reflect upon precarious aspects of existence today, including different threats to key traditions, institutions and relationships of the “post-war order.” But let us acknowledge at the outset that art does not exercise its forces in the domain of politics. Art cannot stem the rise of nationalist movements and authoritarian governments in different parts of the world, for instance, nor can it alleviate the tragic fate of displaced peoples across the globe (whose numbers now represent almost one percent of the world’s entire population).»