The Top 12 Art Shows During the 2019 Venice Biennale

Lorenzo Belenguer
May 17, 2019 · 8 min read

The 58th International Art Exhibition is titled May You Live In Interesting Times. It is named after a phrase that has been invoked in speeches by Western politicians for over a hundred years as an ‘ancient Chinese curse’, even though such a curse never actually existed. Curator Ralph Rugoff describes this ‘counterfeit curse’ as an ‘uncertain artefact… at once suspect and rich in meaning’, noting that it suggests ‘potential lines of exploration that are worth pursuing at present, especially when the “interesting times” it evokes seem to be with us once again.’