An impressive line-up of 80 nations will participate in the main exhibition of this year’s Venice Biennale, taking place from now until late November. Spanning gender and race, it features a majority of POC (persons of colour) artists, with several from or based in Asia, including Hong Kong.
Titled The Milk of Dreams, which took inspiration from surrealist artist and illustrator Leonara Carrington’s children book of the same name, the exhibition is put together by Cecilia Alemani, a New York City-based curator and the first Italian woman to hold the position as artistic director of this prestigious and historic art festival.
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This is the latest milestone in the 127 years of the festival, which has brought diversity and borderless celebration to the international art scene. The Venice Biennale was founded as the International Exhibition of Art of the City of Venice to promote “the most noble activities of the modern spirit without distinction of country”.
More than a century after its founding, the festival celebrates art beyond geographical boundaries. These are ten notable Asian names not to be missed.