59th International Art Exhibition
The Milk of Dreams
The 59th International Art Exhibition, titled The Milk of Dreams, will open to the public from Saturday April 23rd to Sunday November 27th, 2022, at the Giardini and the Arsenale; it will be curated by Cecilia Alemani and organised by La Biennale di Venezia chaired by Roberto Cicutto. The Pre-opening will take place on April 20, 21 and 22; the Awards Ceremony and Inauguration will be held on 23 April 2022.
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The Exhibition, which will take place in the Central Pavilion (Giardini) and in the Arsenale, including 213 artists from 58 countries, takes its name from a book by Leonora Carrington taking us on an imaginary journey through metamorphoses of the body and definitions of humanity. Three will be the main thematic areas: the representation of bodies and their metamorphoses; the relationship between individuals and technologies; the connection between bodies and the Earth.
The guiding questions for this edition of the Biennale Arte will be: 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?
Finally the Exhibition will include 81 National Participations in the historic Pavilions at the Giardini, at the Arsenale and in the city centre of Venice. 5 countries will be participating for the first time at the Biennale Arte: Republic of Cameroon, Namibia, Nepal, Sultanate of Oman, and Uganda. Republic of Kazakhstan, Republic of Kirghizistan and Republic of Uzbekistan participate for the first time with their own pavilion.
23 April - 25 September: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
27 September - 27 November: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Arsenale venue only until 25 September: on Fridays and Saturdays extended opening until 8 p.m.
Closed on Mondays (except on 25/04, 30/05, 27/06, 25/07, 15/08, 5/09, 19/09, 31/10, 21/11)