The 58th International Art Exhibition organised by La Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta and curated by Ralph Rugoff has closed, Sunday November 24th, 2019. Attendance of Biennale Arte 2019, which lasted a little over 6 months, confirmed the expected 600,000 visitors (593,616), on top of the 24,762 attendants of the pre-opening week. High number of young visitors: visitors under 26 years of age were 31% of the total. In particular, those who visited the Exhibition as part of a group amounted to 17% of the total number of visitors.
Image source La Biennale di Venezia
The 58th International Art Exhibition organised by La Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta and curated by Ralph Rugoff has closed, Sunday November 24th, 2019. Attendance of Biennale Arte 2019, which lasted a little over 6 months, confirmed the expected 600,000 visitors (593,616), on top of the 24,762 attendants of the pre-opening week.
High number of young visitors: visitors under 26 years of age were 31% of the total. In particular, those who visited the Exhibition as part of a group amounted to 17% of the total number of visitors.
Image source La Biennale di Venezia
This is how President Baratta commented on the results:
“The 58th International Art exhibition closes today. Twenty-one years have passed since La Biennale’s reform. Through its title – May You Live In Interesting Times - the 58th edition encouraged us to always consider the course of human events in their complexity, and this encouragement seems especially important at a time when a sense of oversimplification, stemming from conformism and fears, far too often prevails. Interpreting it as such, this title also sums up the very raisons d’être of a Biennale. Besides its title, this Exhibition was marked by a peculiar sense of awareness of the relevant relationship with visitors themselves, and so were the previous Exhibitions set up in the last two decades since La Biennale was reformed. In point of fact, all of the Biennales have aimed at the involvement of visitors, allowing them to partake in the reflection on art and in the self-investigation that contemporary artists carry out on themselves.”
“The aim was to enhance the encounter between visitors and works of art, which are met here as if these were in the process of coming to life, as well as to promote visitors’ engagement, further their knowledge as well as awareness, develop a sense of respect and attention towards art’s autonomy, and hence towards the autonomous, one-sided and yet transparent choices made by the curator. The role of La Biennale has been understood as that of an institution committed to the promotion of a free, open and self-aware society.”
“We have appreciated the commitment of participating countries, which have increased in number (90), for their eager decision to participate and actual participation in this great conversation on art, a conversation that unfolds in a climate of extraordinary pluralism thanks to their organisational choices.”
“Once again, the number of visitors is around 600,000, despite the difficulties experienced in the last weeks. A large part of them are young people, and this figure is still on the rise. Visitors have grown into the Biennale’s main partner. Their contribution to upholding the conditions of autonomy and freedom on which the Exhibition is based is thus crucial.”
“In the difficult times of these last weeks, we have felt ever more strongly a sense of responsibility deriving from our work, which happens in and for a city that hosts us and gives us beauty, a city to which we would like to give back at least a portion of what we get from it.”
“We are approaching the end of the Exhibition. The crowded Meetings on Art and a performance programme supported by Arts Council England are now underway. Tonight, we will gather at Ca’ Giustinian to celebrate and show our gratefulness towards all those at La Biennale and in this city who collaborated to the making of this Exhibition; we will thank Ralph Rugoff and his team and look forward to what is coming next.”
“Lastly, we are launching a reference book covering all the editions of Biennale Arte from 1895 to the latest one, Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte, La Biennale di Venezia, 1895-2019, edited by La Biennale Historical Archives, publisher La Biennale di Venezia (following in the steps of the volume on the history of the Film Festival published two months ago).”
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