Our Neighbor, Madison Square Park Conservancy, Makes International News at La Biennale di Venezia 2019

May 1, 2019

On May 11, 2019, the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia opens in Venice and runs through November 24th. The 2019 U.S. Pavilion will feature Martin Puryear: Liberty/Martin Puryear: LibertàThe artist is being presented by Madison Square Park Conservancy, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  It mark’s the first time that a public art institution has been chosen for this honor.   It is a testament to the ongoing work of the Conservancy in all areas, particularly in its endeavor to bring significant artworks into all of our daily lives.

The International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia is considered the preeminent exhibit of art in the world.  Begun in 1895 and held every two years, La Biennale unveils  dynamic new art to hundreds of thousands of visitors. This year’s Exhibition carries the theme “May You Live in Interesting Times.”

Martin Puryear is a noted American sculptor known for the subtlety and power in his form and the inherent symbolism in his art.  His work has been displayed in special exhibits and permanent collections in some of the world’s most prestigious museums. Many visitors to Madison Square Park will remember Puryear’s art installation Big Bling, which was on public display in 2016.

Martin Puryear’s Big Bling, Madison Sq. Park, 2016; Via the Madison Square Park Conservancy
Freespace, Via La Biennale di Venezia
Via La Biennale di Venezia

The Biennale opens officially on May 11th, but friends of the Conservancy will be in Venice next week for a preview of the U.S. Pavilion Exhibit and other celebrations.  We will keep you up on the news of the event, which will surely bring the park and our neighborhood into the international spotlight.  Please check back at this site for more news as we receive it.

La Biennale di Venezia
May You Live In Interesting Times

May 11, 2019 – November 24, 2019
For more information: www.labiennale.org