It was announced today that the 59th Venice Biennale will be titled The Milk of Dreams, after the children’s book by Surrealist legend Leonora Carrington. The title and main themes were revealed by president Roberto Cicutto and Cecilia Alemani, artistic director and curator of the main exhibition.
“Carrington’s stories describe a world set free, brimming with possibilities,” Alemani said. “But [the book] is also the allegory of a century that imposed intolerable pressure on the individual, forcing Carrington into a life of exile: locked up in mental hospitals, an eternal object of fascination and desire, yet also a figure of startling power and mystery.”
As for the themes, Alemani describes them as “the representation of bodies and their metamorphoses; the relationship between individuals and technologies; the connection between bodies and the Earth,” which all seem very Carrington-esque to me.
The 59th Venice Biennale has been postponed until April 23, 2022, due to the pandemic—but it will be here, on weird wings, before you know it.
[via The Art Newspaper]