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Venice, 11.05 - 24.11.2019

Biennale Arte 2019

58th International Art Exhibition
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The 58th International Art Exhibition, titled May You Live In Interesting Times, took place from 11th May to 24th November 2019. 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.


May You Live In Interesting Times

The Artists

The Exhibition develops from the Central Pavilion (Giardini) to the Arsenale, and includes 79 artists from all over the world.

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National Participations

All the Countries participating

The Exhibition also includes 89 National Participations in the historic Pavilions at the Giardini, at the Arsenale and in the historic city centre of Venice.

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Collateral Events

21 Events in the city

Exhibitions and initiatives promoted by non-profit national and international bodies and institutions, that take place in various locations in Venice.

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Special Projects



Biennale Arte 2019

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Meetings on Art

Conversations, Performances, Talks

A programme of events to take place during the 58th Exhibition from May to November 2019.

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Biennale Educational


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Biennale Sessions

A special project aimed at Universities, Academies, Institutes, and Research Centres

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