11 May – 24 November 2019. The 58th International Art Exhibition in Venice.
Mostra di Architettura di Venezia, the architecture section of the Venice Biennale, was established in 1980, although architecture had been a part of the art biennale since 1968.
As well as addressing the academic side of architecture, the Biennale provides an opportunity for architects and designers to showcase new projects, arranged in different pavilions, each with different themes. The Architecture Biennale is currently held in the Biennale Gardens.
The 58th International Art Exhibition 2019 is titled May You Live In Interesting Times. 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 title of this Exhibition could be interpreted as a sort of curse where the expression “interesting times” evokes the idea of challenging or even “menacing” times, but it could also simply be an invitation to always see and consider the course of human events in their complexity, an invitation, thus, that appears to be particularly important in times when, too often, oversimplification seems to prevail, generated by conformism or fear. And I believe that an exhibition of art is worth our attention, first and foremost, if it intends to present us with art and artists as a decisive challenge to all oversimplifying attitudes.
The Exhibition 2019 develops from the Central Pavilion (Giardini) to the Arsenale and includes 79 participants from all over the world.