May 11, 2019 - Nov 24, 2019

Giardini della Biennale, 30010 Castello, Venezia VE, Italy

Hosted By: Ralph Rugoff

May 11, 2019 at 8:00 am to Nov 24, 2019 at 8:00 pm


Every two years much of the art world congregates in Venice for what should, in theory, be a relic from another age: Dozens of countries fill their pavilions in the city’s formal gardens with contemporary art that establishes some approximation of national prestige. The show is augmented by a colossal exhibition in the Arsenale, a warehouse nearby, which this year will be curated by the director of London’s Hayward Gallery, Ralph Rugoff. The whole thing should feel antiquated—a sort of “World’s Fair” style get-together for the culturally minded—but as geopolitics threaten to devolve into a midcentury freeze, the biennial has suddenly taken on a genuine urgency. Culture, in a turn that’s surprised more than a few people, is back on the global forefront for the first time since the 1950s.

Photo Credits: The German pavilion seen at the Biennale in Venice, Italy, 06 May 2015. Photographer: Picture Alliance