“May You Live in Interesting Times” is the title that curator Ralph Rugoff, chose for the 58th Venice Art Biennale exhibition. Referencing a counterfeit Chinese curse, Rugoff proposes that “in an indirect fashion, perhaps art can be a kind of guide for how to live and think in ‘interesting times.’” Does his vision come to life in the main exhibition, and extend to the national pavilions and collateral events? Stay tuned for the stories, as we explore the pleasure and critical thinking in this venerated contemporary art biennial.
Philadelphia-based art historian and curator Deborah Barkun shares this selection of views. Follow us on Instagram @freshartintl to see more of the international art experience in Venice.
May You Live in Interesting Times, Arsenale: Tarek Atoui, Maarten Bas, Mari Katayama, Zanele Muholi, Gabriel Rico, Hito Stereyl. Azerbaijan Pavilion: Orkhan Mamadov. DYSFUNCTIONAL, Ca’ d’Oro: Nacho Carbonell, Random International. Parasol Unit: Koushna Navabil.
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