The Future in Venice

The Biennial of Venice has been opened and its main theme is rather fitting to our industry: ‘All the World’s Futures’. Curator Okwui Enwezor has created a challenging and intense exhibition in which art, theory and a myriad of visions, perspectives and ideas come together. The Biennial is, together with the quinquennial Documenta in Kassel, one of the most important events in the international contemporary art world. Artists, critics, curators or just art lovers all have it written down in capital letters in their diaries. The sheer amount of art is almost literally mind blowing and after a week in Venice most of us have to go cold turkey from art for some time. It is interesting that an exhibition as important as Venice has a theme like this one this year, as it is an important sign that we are becoming more aware of the importance of the future. We are convinced this is a very positive turn: without the future no present. The city of Venice breaths the past with her marble palazzos slowly sinking down into the lagoon. During the Biennial, however, the Future rules the city.