Modem NY&LA Spring Summer 2020
Cover by La Biennale di Venezia
This Venice Biennial art exhibition edition it’s named after phrase that has been invoked in speeches by Western politicians for over a hundred years as an ‘ancient Chinese curse’, even though such a curse never actually existed.
Curator Ralph Rugoff describes this ‘counterfeit curse’ as an ‘uncertain artefact... at once suspect and rich in meaning’, noting that it suggests ‘potential lines of exploration that are worth pursuing at present, especially when the “interesting times” it evokes seem to be with us once again.’
Ralph Rugoff has declared: “This exhibition include artworks that reflect upon precarious aspects of existence today, including different threats to key traditions, institutions and relationships of the “post-war order.”
... ‘But let us acknowledge at the outset that art does not exercise its forces in the domain of politics. Art cannot stem the rise of nationalist movements and authoritarian governments in different parts of the world, for instance, nor can it alleviate the tragic fate of displaced peoples across the globe (whose numbers now represent almost one percent of the world’s entire population).’
«But in an indirect fashion, perhaps art can be a kind of guide for how to live and think in ‘interesting times...»
NB : 79 invited artists from more than 50 countries.
On cover : A detail of Halil Altındere’s installation ‘’ Space Refugee ‘’, inspired by the artist’s meeting with Muhammed Ahmed Faris, Syria’s first and only cosmonaut, who travelled to space with a Soviet team in 1987. A former national hero and current opponent of the regime, Faris now lives as a refugee in Istanbul.
Venice, Giardini and Arsenale, until 24 November 2019
Closed on Mondays (except on 2 September, 18 November)
Opening times: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (last admission 5.45 p.m.)
Opening times of the Arsenale venue only: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Advance sale > www.labiennale.org (special fees available)