The 58th International Art Exhibition
Together with ECC – under the titel „Personal Structures – Identities“ – we exhibited, among many other greats in the art world, such as Arnulf Rainer, Valie Expert, Hermann Nitsch, Marina Abramovic, Carol Feuerman, and Yoko Ono in the Giardini Marinaressa and in the Palazzo Mora ECC.
The new works for the “Giardini della Marinaressa” park in Venice impress with their monumental appearance. The seemingly elongated sculptures retain their graceful, aesthetically balanced design language and despite their size. They convey a dematerialized weightlessness. A kind of spiritualization that leads from the earthly to the cosmic realm. As symbols for sea, air and sky, they appear iconic.
The artists Franziska and Mercedes Welte realize in their sculptures a perfection with expansive dynamics that directly interacts with the recipient. It is this oscillating feeling of space paired with the smooth, sophisticated color of the surface design that enables the viewer to experience art that appeals to all of the senses.
As one of the world’s most important art exhibitions, the Venice Biennale is more thana periodic cultural show from different nations. For decades, it has made a decisive contribution to the current discourse and cultural development. Artists from all over the world have been presenting their works at the Venice Biennale since 1895.
“May you live in interesting times!”
The 58th Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte is curated by Ralph Rugoff. The exhibition organizer, born in New York in 1957, has been director of the Hayward Gallery, the renowned art gallery on London’s Southbank, since 2006. In 2015, he curated the contemporary art biennial in Lyon. He is famous and also somewhat notorious for a communication and audience-oriented approach to curatorial practice. Art critic Carsten Probst calls him a “shrewd popularizer of art” on Deutschlandfunk.
Accordingly, Rugoff says in his mission statement for the Venetian art show:
“Ultimately, the Arte Biennale 2019 strives for the ideal that the most important thing about an exhibition is not what it is exhibiting, but how the audience can use their experience of the exhibition afterwards to confront everyday realities from wider perspectives and with new energies. An exhibition should open people’s eyes to previously neglected possibilities in life and thus change their view of the world.”
Rugoff is putting its central exhibition under the label: May you live in interesting times.
Works by 79 artists, diverse, duos and collectives were exhibited.