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The 58th International Art Exhibition
Zanele Muholi
Bona, Charlottesville, Virginia, 2015
Silver Gelatin Print 80 x 50.5cm
© Zanele Muholi Courtesy of Stevenson,
Cape Town/Johannesburg and Yancey Richardson, New York

The 58th International Art Exhibition

May You Live in Interesting Times

Marina Abramović » Lawrence Abu Hamdan » Halil Altindere » Korakrit Arunanondchai » Ed Atkins » Nairy Baghramian » Neil Beloufa » Carol Bove » Lee Bul » Antoine Catala » Ian Cheng » Alex Da Corte » Stan Douglas » Jimmie Durham » Haris Epaminonda » Cyprien Gaillard » Gauri Gill » Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster » Shilpa Gupta » Martine Gutierrez » Rula Halawani » Anthony Hernandez » Ryoji Ikeda » Arthur Jafa » Cameron Jamie » Kahlil Joseph » Mari Katayama » Christian Marclay » Teresa Margolles » Jean-Luc Moulène » Zanele Muholi » Otobong Nkanga » Frida Orupabo » Jon Rafman » Tomas Saraceno » Avery Singer » Michael E. Smith » Hito Steyerl » Tavares Strachan » Rosemarie Trockel » Danh Vō » Apichatpong Weerasethakul » LIU Wei (*1972) » Yin Xiuzhen » Anicka Yi » SUN Yuan » & others

Exhibition: – 24 Nov 2019

Wed 8 May

The Venice Biennale

Ca' Giustinian San Marco 1364
30124 Venezia

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The 58th International Art Exhibition
Korakrit Arunanondchai in collaboration with Alex Gvojic
No history in a room filled with people with funny names 5 2018
Video with boychild: 3 channel video, 30:44 min.
© Korakrit Arunanondchai and Alex Gvojic
Courtesy: Carlos/Ishikawa, London, C L E A R I N G, New York/Brussels, Bangkok CityCity Gallery, Bangkok

Opening and award ceremony: Saturday 11 May 2019, 10:00 am

The 58th International Art Exhibition, titled May You Live In Interesting Times, will take place from 11 May to 24 November 2019 (Pre-opening on 8, 9, 10 May). 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 58th Exhibition is curated by Ralph Rugoff, currently the director of the Hayward Gallery in London. Between 1985 and 2002 he wrote art and cultural criticism for numerous periodicals, publishing widely in art magazines as well as newspapers, and published a collection of essays, Circus Americanus (1995). During the same period he began working as an independent curator.

The 58th International Art Exhibition
Mari Katayama
Cannot Turn the Clock Back #005, 2017
C-Print 150 x 100 cm
Courtesy of Mari Katayama, rin art association
© Mari Katayama

Ralph Rugoff has declared: «May You Live in Interesting Times will no doubt include artworks that reflect upon precarious aspects of existence today, including different threats to key traditions, institutions and relationships of the “post-war order.” But let us acknowledge at the outset that art does not exercise its forces in the domain of politics. Art cannot stem the rise of nationalist movements and authoritarian governments in different parts of the world, for instance, nor can it alleviate the tragic fate of displaced peoples across the globe (whose numbers now represent almost one percent of the world’s entire population).»

The 58th International Art Exhibition
Alex Da Corte
Rubber Pencil Devil - 2018
Video, color/sound; 2:39:52 min.
Courtesy of the artist, Karma, NY and Gio Marconi, Milan – La Biennale di Venezia
The 58th International Art Exhibition
Walled Unwalled (2019), Lawrence Abu Hamdan.
Photo: Mathilda Olmi © Centre d’Art contemporain, Genève;
courtesy the artist, Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement and Maureen Paley, London
The 58th International Art Exhibition
Apichatpong Weerasethakul et Tsuyoshi Hisakado, «Synchronicity», 2018.
Single-channel video, sound, light bulbs, projector shutter, microphone, aluminium.
Dimensions variables, 14 minutes 12 secondes en loop.
Installation view at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
© Apichatpong Weerasethakul + Tsuyoshi Hisakado Courtesy of SCAI THE BATHHOUSE and OTA FINE ARTS. Biennale de Venezia
The 58th International Art Exhibition
Arthur Jafa
The White Album. 2019
Single channel video projection, colour, sound
Golden Lion for best participant in the International Exhibition May You Live In Interesting Times
The 58th International Art Exhibition
Marina Abramović, still from the behind the scenes of Rising. Courtesy of Acute Art (2018)
The 58th International Art Exhibition
Composer and artist Ryoji Ikeda’s practice approaches monumental minimalism, often interweaving sparse acoustic compositions with visuals that take the form of vast fields of digitally rendered information. These integrate to form the artist’s own expansive language, which relies on an algorithmic way of working where mathematics is utilised as a means to capture and reflect the natural world around us.