It is hard to write something original about events and festivals in the Italian city of Venice, which are already famous in the world of art and culture lovers and globetrotters. It is worth, at least, recollecting the historical growth and overall progress of one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world today.
The Venice Biennale is launched in 1895 when the first International Art exhibition was organized. Over a century of history brought many challenges and novelties. Between the 1930s and 1940s new festivals were introduced - Music, Cinema, and Theater. The first International Architecture Exhibition was organized in 1980, and the latest one was added in 1999 - Dance.
Ralph Rugoff will be the curator of the Biennale Arte 2019.
Probably, the best definition of what is going on during the Biennale is given by its president Paolo Baratta who stated that, “We are committed to the principle that the institution must be a machine for desire whose mission is to buttress and boost our need to see further beyond, a need that art can help us fulfill. But the Biennale should also be the place where each single visitor is strongly encouraged to come face to face with the work of art. The institution, the places, the works selected by the Curator, their spatial display, the atmosphere that the institution can create, all of these must contribute to building favorable conditions that allow visitors to feel engaged when meeting the artwork, as if they were players on a fencing strip, ready for a bout.”
The dates of the 58th International Art Exhibition are May 11th to November 24th, 2019. Pre-opening is on May 8th, 9th, and 10th, and opening to the public is on Saturday, May 11th.