The Top 12 Art Shows During the 2019 Venice Biennale

Lorenzo Belenguer
Escapadas Ideas Mag
8 min readMay 17, 2019

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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.’

The Venice Biennale has been for over 120 years and is one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world. The Biennale has an attendance today of over 500,000 visitors at the Art Exhibition. The history of the La Biennale di Venezia dates back from 1895, when the first International Art Exhibition was organized. It open to the public on the 11th of May and will continue all over the summer until the 24th of November 2019.

We have run Venice up and down, so you do not have to. Here it is our selection of the 12 more interesting exhibitions. They are all in geographical order. You just need to visit one after the other, starting in Arsenale, following by Giardini, Dorsoduro, Santa Croce and ending up watching a beautiful sunset, and a well-deserved bellini cocktail, at the Island of San Clemente.

  1. Vasily Klyukin — State Russian Museum — Arsenale Nord
Vasily Klyunkin. In Dante Veritas. Courtesy the artist. Photo credit Lorenzo Belenguer.

A favourite and a great way to start and to understand La Biennale, us and the current society. You can find the full review here.

In Dante Veritas, a solo exhibition by Vasily Klyukin, is a collateral event aligned with the 58th Venice Biennale, hosted by the State Russian Museum and the Municipality of Venice. Located in the Arsenale Nord, directly across from the official Biennale Arsenale and Giardini, Klyukin tackles contemporary issues such as climate change, fake news and corruption in a theatrical representation of Dante’s The Divine Comedy, and by renaming The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Overpopulation, Misinformation, Pollution, and “ ExtermiTation” (Klyukin’s word play on the concept of mankind’s destruction of natural resources). Klyukin, a Renaissance man, is an architect, a designer, a writer and a…

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Lorenzo Belenguer
Escapadas Ideas Mag

Artist #Minimalism / Editor Escapadas Ideas Mag / MA #Ethics & #AI / #NonBinary / Paper on AI bias mitigation on Springer https://rdcu.be/cGMLz