Curator of 59th Biennale Arte Venice

What to expect at the Biennale Arte in Venice

By Region Culture News North-east Italy

The 59th International Biennale Arte in Venice will take place from 23 April to 27 November 2022; the curator is Cecilia Alemani. Entitled The Milk of Dreams, the works will be on display at the Giardini and the Arsenale.

The 59th International Biennale Arte in Venice includes 213 artists from 58 countries; 180 of these are participating for the first time in the International Exhibition. In total there are 1,433 works and objects on display. Of those, 80 are new projects specifically for the Biennale Arte.

Why “The Milk of Dreams”?

“The Milk of Dreams takes its title from a book by Leonora Carrington (1917–2011)” Cecilia Alemani stated. “In the book, the Surrealist artist describes a magical world where life is constantly re-envisioned through the prism of the imagination. It is a world where everyone can change, be transformed, become something or someone else. The exhibition The Milk of Dreams takes Leonora Carrington’s otherworldly creatures, along with other figures of transformation, as companions on an imaginary journey through the metamorphoses of bodies and definitions of the human.

“How is the definition of the human changing? What constitutes life, and what differentiates plant and animal, human and non-human? What are our responsibilities towards the planet, other people, and other life forms? And what would life look like without us? These are some of the guiding questions for this edition of the Biennale Arte, which focuses on three thematic areas in particular: the representation of bodies and their metamorphoses; the relationship between individuals and technologies; the connection between bodies and the Earth.”

Alemani also declared, “As the first Italian woman to hold this position, I intend to give voice to artists to create unique projects that reflect their visions and our society.”

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