Artistic Director of the Visual Arts Department
The exhibition The Disquieted Muses traces the interweaving pathways of La Biennale and the history of the 20th century. It presents documents, archival material, correspondence, photographs, films, and artwork which recount those crucial points where the history of La Biennale overlapped with the history of the past century. The visual arts, the first sector to be inaugurated at La Biennale in 1895, dialogue with the disciplines of cinema, theatre, music, architecture, and dance in a multifaceted and original conversation, retracing moments and artistic initiatives which recorded and responded to the most dramatic events of our society. The period between the two world wars, the cold war years, the revolutions of 1968, the changes brought about by the 1970s and globalization are just a few of the crucial points which form the backdrop of La Biennale’s artistic narrative. The exhibition The Disquieted Muses was conceived during the present ongoing emergency and it looks at La Biennale’s history to understand how history and the many cultural and social transformations impacted La Biennale during the twentieth century and how La Biennale was able to embrace and amplify the signals of the time, even during its most dramatic moments.