Today La Biennale di Venezia, under the decision of the President Paolo Baratta, has announced the appointment of Ralph Rugoff as Director of the Visual Arts Department, for curating the 58th International Art Exhibition. Rugoff is Director of the Hayward Gallery of London since 2006 and curated the XIII Biennale de Lyon in 2015.
President Baratta stated that “the appointment of Ralph Rugoff confirms the Biennale’s primary goal, to qualify the Exhibition as a place of encounter between the visitors, the art and the artists. An Exhibition engaging the viewers directly with the artworks in such a way that memory, the unexpected, the possible provocation, the new and the different can stimulate their visions, their minds and their emotions, and offer them the opportunity for a direct experience.”
The 58th International Art Exhibition runs from 11 May to 24 November 2019; preview dates on 8, 9 and 10 May; the public opening is on Saturday 11 May.
- Portrait of Ralph Rugoff by Marc Atkins. Courtesy of Hayward Gallery, London