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May you live in interesting times: Venice Biennale 2019

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In this 58th edition of the Venice Biennale, considered one of the most important events in the art world, the American Ralph Rugoff has been appointed curator and commissioner in charge. The festival that takes place in the city of Venice, opens its doors on May 11th until November 24th, thus offering several months of these exhibitions to all visitors of the world.In this edition the topic is aimed at ‘the difficult times’ that the world is currently experiencing, evoking issues such as the global migration crisis, racism in the metropolis, climate change, among others. Ralph Rugoff also comments on the edition, which can be taken as an opportunity to overcome the mass simplification, derived from fear, anguish and conformism. 



 The spaces destined for the Biennale of Venice in 2019 are divided into two locations, one in the pavilion of Arsenale and the other in the central pavilion of Giardini. This time it is the first time that countries like Ghana, Madagascar, Pakistan and Malaysia participate, promoting creativity, novelty and above all, contemporaneity. In search of highlighting the appreciation of the visually strange, virtual reality, three-dimensional clumsiness, among others.The Lion of Gold 2019 has been awarded to the Lithuanian pavilion, quickly becoming one of the favorites of all the experts invited this week at the Venice Biennale. The Lithuanian pavilion is located in the space of the shipyards of the city, which had never before been used for that purpose. With a performance proposal, the work “opera performance for 13 voices” is presented, and it is a beach that visitors can contemplate from above. It is a piece that leads to reflection on the threat posed by global warming in our present and future close to Earth, where sound and songs are the key to the piece.


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