Visiting the Biennale exhibit in Venice: The Restless Muses: the Biennale Meets History

From August 29th to December 8th, 2020
"Le Muse inquiete: la Biennale di fronte alla Storia"
Have you ever though of visiting the masterpieces of contemporary art in Venice on a guided tour?
Our city is very rich from this point of view.
In particular, for 125 years the Biennale has been one of the appointments you cannot miss if you appreciate Arts.
This year, with all the difficulties and restrictions created by the Covid pandemic, it was decided to celebrate such an important anniversary of this institution with a unique exhibit, that the Biennale really deserved.

The Restless Muses: the Biennale Meets History
This exhibit will be open from August 29th up to December 8th, 2020.
Its intention is to trace the moments, the situations, the transformations, the artistic testimonies that in these 125 years have become part of the history of our city and of the whole world.
Exceptionally, for the first time all the artistic directors have cooperated to create this event, using the incredible and extraordinary documents preserved in the national and international archives, among which the most relevant is probably the ASAC archive, the historical archive of the Biennale, so well known by all those art historians that have been researching contemporary art (and munch more, actually): it is a unique library, so important worldwide for the amount of accessible documents.

The Themes
In the Central Pavilion at the Biennale Gardens, Cecilia Alemani (Art), Alberto Barbera (Cinema), Marie Chouinard (Dance), Ivan Fedele (Music), Antonio Latella (Theater) and Hashim Sarkis (Architecture) have organized six sections to trace the History of the Biennale, starting from the years of Fascism (1928-1945) up to the Cold War and the new world order after World War II (1948-1964), from the Revolution of 1968 up to those Biennali curated by Carlo Ripa di Meana (1974-1978), from Post Modern to the first Architecture Biennale and up to the 1990’s and the beginning of globalization.

The title of this exhibit reminds of the famous painting by De Chirico, The disturbing Muses (Le Muse Inquietanti), which well represents the moment of interruption and of artistic restart right after the war (this painting was exhibited at the 1948 edition of the Biennale).
The Muses are also a way to recall classic art, artistic inspiration, protection of the arts… They can be considered a metaphor of the Biennale itself.

We will be waiting for you! Let us introduce you to Venice in all its numerous aspects! See you soon.