“The Milk of Dreams”: the 59th International Biennale di Venezia opens this week

(Venice, Italy)

The 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, titled The Milk of Dreams, will take place from 23 April to 27 November 2022 (pre-opening on 20, 21 and 22 April) in the Central Pavilion (Giardini), in the Arsenale, and at various sites around Venice. It includes 213 artists from 58 countries, with 180 participating for the first time.

The Biennale has 1433 works and objects on display and 80 new projects are conceived specifically for it. The Exhibition, which takes its name from a book by Leonora Carrington, takes us on an imaginary journey through metamorphoses of the body and definitions of humanity. It focuses on three main themes: the representation of bodies and their metamorphoses; the relationship between individuals and technologies; the connection between bodies and the Earth.

As usual, the event will also feature the National Participations, with each country presenting its own exhibition in the Pavilions of the Giardini and the Arsenale, and in the historic centre of Venice, and a selection of Collateral Events organized by international institutions.

Cecilia Alemani, the curator of the exhibition, is currently Director and Chief Curator of High Line Art, the programme of public art of the urban park in New York, and is the past curator of the Italian Pavilion at the Biennale Arte 2017. Alemani 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”.

Concerning the theme of the exhibition, she explained:

The Milk of Dreams imagines a transhistorical journey that does not revolve around systems of direct inheritance or conflict, but around forms of symbiosis, solidarity, and sisterhood, meeting along the way artists who have radically reinvented the categories of the human and the self”.

Explore more about the Biennale here.

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