After a long gap of 8 years, India has again marked its presence at the 58th Venice Biennale, Italy which will be held from 11th May till 24th November 2019 (6 month’s period). The title of the exhibition is “May You Live In Interesting Times”. It is curated by Ralph Rugoff.
- Initially opened in April 1895, the Venice Biennale is the oldest, largest and the most prestigious art exhibition in the world. It is held in ‘Venice’, also known as ‘The Queen of the Adriatic’ and ‘The Floating City‘.
- Venice Biennale was organized by the Venice Biennale foundation, chaired by Paolo Baratta and focuses on contemporary art, contemporary dance, architecture, cinema, and theatre.
- India’s debut at the biennale happened in 2011 with ‘Everyone Agrees: It’s About To Explode‘, curated by Ranjit Hoskote. This was nearly 116 years after the event first started.
- The theme for Indian Pavillion is “150 years of Mahatma Gandhi” while India’s exhibition title is “Our Time for Future Caring” curated by Roobina Karode. It has been laid down by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.
- India would showcase Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation to reflect upon Gandhian values of satyagraha (non-violence), equality and unity.
- India’s pavilion will be putting up 16 of the 400 Haripura posters on its walls. This is based on the fact of 1938 when Mahatma Gandhi commissioned Indian modern artist Nandalal Bose for creating 400 posters portraying various facets of Indian life. They were then to be displayed at the session of ‘Indian National Congress’ in Haripura, Gujarat.
- With financial support from the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA) and backing from the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), the India Pavilion features 8 contemporary artists.