artists & participants
58. Venice Biennale 2019
58th International Art Exhibition la Biennale di Venezia
11.05.2019 - 24.11.2019
Press Preview: 08.05.2019 - 10.05.2019
Ralph Rugoff curates the 58th International Art Exhibition in 2019
"May You Live in Interesting Times"
Participants: Jimmie Durham, Alexandra Bircken, Rosemarie Trockel, Carol Bove, Christoph Büchel, Ulrike Müller, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Halil Altındere, Michael Armitage, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Alex Gvojic, Ed Atkins, Tarek Atoui, Darren Bader, Nairy Baghramian, Neïl Beloufa, Ludovica Carbotta, Nicole Eisenman, Antoine Catala, Jesse Darling, Alex da Corte, Ian Cheng, George Condo, Stan Douglas, Haris Epaminonda, Lara Favaretto, Cyprien Gaillard, Gauri Gill, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Otobong Nkanga, Shilpa Gupta, Soham Gupta, Martine Gutierrez, Rula Halawani, Anthea Hamilton, Jeppe Hein, Anthony Hernandez, Ryoji Ikeda, Arthur Jafa, Cameron Jamie, Kahlil Joseph, Zhanna Kadyrova, Suki Seokyeong Kang, Mari Katayama, Teresa Margolles, Andreas Lolis, Christian Marclay, Lee Bul, Liu Wei, Maria Loboda, Nabuqi, Julie Mehretu, Ad Minoliti, Jean-Luc Moulène, Zanele Muholi, Jill Mulleady, Khyentse Norbu, Frida Orupabo, Jon Rafman, Gabriel Rico, Handiwirman Saputra, Tomás Saraceno, Augustas Serapinas, Avery Singer, Slavs and Tatars, Michael E. Smith, Hito Steyerl, Tavares Strachan, Sun Yuan, Henry Taylor, Kaari Upson, Andra Ursuţa, Danh Vo, Kemang Wa Lehulere, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Tsuyoshi Hisakado, Margaret Wertheim/Christine Wertheim, Anicka Yi, Yin Xiuzhen, Yu Ji.
Ralph Rugoff has been announced as Director of the Visual Arts Department, with specific responsibility for curating the 58th International Art Exhibition.
Ralph Rugoff has been the Director of the Hayward Gallery of London since 2006. Opened in 1968, the Hayward Gallery is considered one of the most leading public art galleries in the United Kingdom; it is part of the Southbank Centre, Europe's largest arts centre that receives major funding by the Arts Council of England. Rugoff was the Artistic Director of the XIII Biennale de Lyon in 2015 titled La vie moderne.
Between 1985 and 2002 he wrote art and cultural criticism for numerous periodicals, publishing widely in art magazines as well as newspapers, including Artforum, Artpresse, FlashArt, Frieze, Parkett, Grand Street, The Financial Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Los Angeles Weekly and published a collection of essays, Circus Americanus (1995), in which he explored cultural phenomena of the American West.
During the same period he began working as an independent curator, organizing exhibitions such as Just Pathetic (1990) and Scene of the Crime (1997). A former Director (2000-06) of CCA Wattis Institute, at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, he has curated numerous group shows at the Hayward Gallery over the past 11 years, including The Painting of Modern Life (2007), Psycho Buildings (2008), an exhibition that included interactive and immersive installations by artists such as Mike Nelson, Gelitin and Do-ho Suh; and The Infinite Mix (2016); he also has curated important retrospectives and solo exhibitions by Ed Ruschka, Jeremy Deller, Carsten Holler, Tracey Emin and George Condo.