SUBSTANTIVE CONVERSATIONS

Ralph Rugoff, Curator of the 58th International Art Exhibition

Conversations

Cultural growth depends on substantive conversations because as social animals we are driven to both create and find meaning, and to connect with others. In this light, the Exhibition will aim to underscore the idea that the meaning of artworks is not embedded principally in objects but in conversations – first between artist and artwork, and then between artwork and audience, and later between different publics. Biennale Arte 2019 aspires to the ideal that what is most important about an exhibition is not what it puts on display, but how audiences can use their experience of the exhibition afterwards, to confront everyday realities from expanded viewpoints and with new energies. An exhibition should open people’s eyes to previously unconsidered ways of being in the world and thus change their view of that world.
Ralph Rugoff, Curator of the 58th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia

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