More Space for Fantasy – Pics from the 59th Venice Biennale of Art

by Anna Russ // May 10, 2022

This year’s Venice Biennale of Art is an invitation to give more space for fantasy and the magic of transformation. With the exhibition title ‘The Milk of Dreams,’ curator Cecilia Alemani refers to the eponymous book from the 1950s by Mexican surrealist Leonora Carrington. In her introduction to the biennial catalogue, Alemani cites Carrington’s stories and drawings of a magical world “in which everyone can change, transform, become something or someone else” as the inspiration behind her curatorial approach. The theme of transformation and change, otherworldly creatures, chimera between nature and technology and references to Greek mythology are not only omnipresent in Alemani’s biennial contribution but can be encountered in many other exhibitions, such as in the national pavilions and collateral events that are part of the Venice Biennale.

Visitors in front of the US Pavillon in the Giardini in Venice

Simone Leigh, US-Pavillon at the 59th Venice Biennale 2022

People walking through an garden created by artist Precious Okoyomon showing a sculpture made of earth

Precious Okoyomon, installation view at the 59th Venice Biennale 2022 main exhibition in the Arsenale

A sculpture made of glass in yellow and green showing a kind of amputated body with plastic bottle arms

Sculpture by Andra Ursuţa, installation view at the 59th Venice Biennale 2022 main exhibition in the Giardini

Visitors at the Biennale looking at Paintings by Cecilia Vicuna

Paintings and precarious by Cecilia Vicuña, installation view at the 59th Venice Biennale 2022 main exhibition in the Giardini

Three sculptures made of fibre

Mrinalini Mukherjee, installation view at the 59th Venice Biennale 2022 main exhibition in the Arsenale

Installation made of earth

Delcy Morelos, installation view at the 59th Venice Biennale 2022 main exhibition in the Arsenale

Three scultptures in gold and blue

Sculptures by Monira Al Qadiri, installation view at the 59th Venice Biennale 2022 main exhibition in the Arsenale

Visitors looking at a Video Art Work

Melanie Bonajo, Dutch Pavillon at Chiesetta della Misericordia at the 59th Venice Biennale 2022

Video still with naked bodies

Melanie Bonajo, Dutch Pavillon at Chiesetta della Misericordia at the 59th Venice Biennale 2022

Exhibition Info

La Biennale di Venezia

Group Show: ‘The Milk of Dreams’
Exhibition: Apr. 23–Nov. 27, 2022
Admission: € 25,50 (reduced € 20,50)
labiennale.org
Giardini della Biennale, 30122 Venezia VE, Italy, click here for map
Arsenale di Venezia, 30122 Venezia VE, Italy, click here for map

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