58th International Art Exhibition – May You Live In Interesting Times

Preview, 8,9,10 May, Open the public from 11 may to 24 November.

Ninety national Participations, 4 countries present for the first time (Algeria, Ghana, Madagascar and Pakistan); 79 participant artists from all over the world, 21 collateral events.

These are the main figures for this 58th international Exhibition promoted by the Venice Biennale and chaired by Paolo Baratta, presenting itself, as per tradition, spread out between the central Pavilion at the Giardini, venues at the Arsenal and a number of widespread locations hosting national participations and collateral exhibitions.

Without an actual theme – the title ranges in its translations from “threatening times” to “interesting times” – this edition will feature – as stated by its director Rugoff – “… on works of art reflecting on the precarious aspects of our current existence, among them on the many threats to founding traditions, to institutions and to relationships in the “post-war order”.

The Italia Pavilion at the Tese delle Vergini in the Arsenal, supported and promoted by the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities, is curated by Milovan Farronato.

Among its special projects, the exhibition is presenting the one for Forte Marghera by Ludovica Carbotta and the one for the Applied Arts Pavilion at the Arsenal, by Marysia Lewandoska, the fruit of collaboration between La Biennale and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

A catalogue in two volumes and an exhibition guide will be available to the public.



Avvisiamo il pubblico che a seguito dell’ordinanza emessa dal Ministero della Salute di intesa con il Presidente della Regione Veneto sulle misure di contenimento e gestione dell’emergenza epidemiologica da COVID-19, tutti gli eventi in programma nella Regione Veneto dal 24 febbraio al 1 marzo sono annullati. Fino a tale date resteranno chiusi al pubblico quindi anche tutti i musei, le fondazioni, le biblioteche, i teatri e le sale concerto, sia pubblici che privati.


The public is warned that, following an order issued by the Ministry of Health together with the President of the Veneto Region regarding measures for the containment and management of the COVID-19 epidemic emergency, all events scheduled within the Veneto Region from 24th February to 1st March are cancelled. Until such dates, all museums, foundations and libraries, both public and private, shall also remain closed to the public.