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Le muse inquiete (The Disquieted Muses)
When La Biennale di Venezia Meets History

La Biennale di Venezia
August 29 – December 8, 2020

 

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La Biennale di Venezia, to mark the 125th anniversary of its foundation, is presenting Le muse inquiete (The Disquieted Muses). When La Biennale di Venezia Meets History, an exhibition by the Historical Archives of Contemporary Arts – ASAC, to be held in the Central Pavilion of the Giardini della Biennale from Saturday, August 29 to Tuesday, December 8, 2020.

This is the first exhibition to be curated by all the artistic directors of La Biennale’s six departments. Working together, they have used the one-of-a-kind sources of the Historical Archives of La Biennale and other Italian and international archives to retrace key moments during the 20th century when La Biennale crossed paths with history in Venice.

Cecilia Alemani (Art), Alberto Barbera (Cinema), Marie Chouinard (Dance), Ivan Fedele (Music), Antonio Latella (Theatre) and Hashim Sarkis (Architecture) have drawn on the materials of the ASAC, Istituto Luce-Cinecittà and Rai Teche, but also on the records of the Archivio Centrale dello Stato, Galleria Nazionale Arte Moderna di Roma, Fondazione Modena Arti Visive, Archivio Ugo Mulas, Aamod-Fondazione archivio audiovisivo del movimento operaio e democratico, Archivio Cameraphoto Arte Venezia, IVESER Istituto Veneziano per la Storia della Resistenza e della società contemporanea, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Tate Modern London, LIMA AMSTERDAM.

In presenting the exhibition, Roberto Cicutto, President of La Biennale di Venezia, expressed his gratitude “for the generous support that the directors and staff of the Historical Archives and the entire Biennale have given to this project, parallel to their work on the exhibitions and festivals. It is one that bolsters La Biennale’s role as a hub of research in the contemporary arts, a fundamental driving force for investigating the present and future, and a strategic tool for development, even in terms of economic growth.”

For this exhibition, the directors have selected rare footage, first-hand accounts, and a range of artworks, following various lines of research to examine the many times when the history of La Biennale has overlapped with the history of the world—revealing or generating institutional rifts and political and ethical crises, but also new creative languages.

The exhibition is laid out in the rooms of the Central Pavilion and weaves its way through all six disciplines: from Fascism (1928-1945) to the Cold War and new world order (1948-1964), to the unrest of ’68 and the Biennales chaired by Carlo Ripa di Meana (1974-78), then from the postmodernism to the first Architecture Biennale and until the 1990s, and the beginning of globalization (see attached document “The Rooms” with details).
Inside the Book Pavilion at the Giardini, designed by James Stirling, there is a review of the posters of the exhibitions of art, architecture, cinema, dance, music and theater, from 2000 to 2019.

In a period of global instability that over the course of just a few months has brought a succession of environmental disasters, new pandemics, and social revolutions, La Biennale di Venezia serves as a wellspring and channel for the most innovative currents in the artistic disciplines of our era—but also continues to bear witness to the many shifts and crises that have supervened from the late nineteenth century to the present, like a seismometer recording the tremors of history.

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Le muse inquiete. La Biennale di fronte alla storia, installation view, Padiglione Centrale, Giardini della Biennale, 2020. Ph. Marco Cappelletti. Courtesy La Biennale di Venezia  
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Le muse inquiete. La Biennale di fronte alla storia, detail, Padiglione Centrale, Giardini della Biennale, 2020. Ph. Marco Cappelletti. Courtesy La Biennale di Venezia 
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I murales di Libertà al Cile a Le muse inquiete. La Biennale di fronte alla storia, Padiglione Centrale, Giardini della Biennale, 2020. Ph. Marco Cappelletti. Courtesy La Biennale di Venezia 
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Le muse inquiete. La Biennale di fronte alla storia, installation view, Padiglione Centrale, Giardini della Biennale, 2020. Ph. Marco Cappelletti. Courtesy La Biennale di Venezia 
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Le muse inquiete. La Biennale di fronte alla storia, detail, Padiglione Centrale, Giardini della Biennale, 2020. Ph. Marco Cappelletti. Courtesy La Biennale di Venezia 
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Le muse inquiete. La Biennale di fronte alla storia, installation view, Padiglione Centrale, Giardini della Biennale, 2020. Ph. Marco Cappelletti. Courtesy La Biennale di Venezia 
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Sala del Sessantotto at Le muse inquiete. La Biennale di fronte alla storia, Padiglione Centrale, Giardini della Biennale, 2020. Ph. Marco Cappelletti. Courtesy La Biennale di Venezia 

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Le muse inquiete. La Biennale di fronte alla storia, installation view, Padiglione Centrale, Giardini della Biennale, 2020. Ph. Marco Cappelletti. Courtesy La Biennale di Venezia

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