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What is Universalism?
marathon of conversations and performances with Hans Ulrich Obrist

event by Berggruen Institute Europe
curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Lorenzo Marsili
June 22, 5 pm - 11 pm
free admission


On the occasion of Art Night Venezia 2024, the famous Swiss art curator Hans Ulrich Obrist will entertain the public with the marathon of conversations and performances entitled: “What is Universalism?”, an event curated together with Lorenzo Marsili, Director of the Berggruen Institute Europe.


Participants: Frédérique Ait-Touati, Barbara Cassin, Emanuele Coccia, Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Mamadou Diouf, Manthia Diawara, Arturo Escobar, Yuk Hui, Nadia Yala Kisukidi, Margaret Levi, Julie Mehretu, Pankaj Mishra, Carlo Rovelli, Nikolaj Schultz, Song Bing, Ece Temelkuran, Ge Wang, Zhang Xudong.

There will be also:

Venice Inclined Oval Staircase by Carsten Höller - opening

performance by Holly Herndon & Mat Dryhurst

presentation of the project “Adventures of Enlightenment” by Alexander Kluge, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Adriana Rispoli

“Are universals “precious stones of thought”? Are they tools? Are they constellations of stars that help people lost in the night to orientate? Or are they tarot cards?
The world of universals is an unfinished project. Real people live in its ruins. Universals can be represented as buildings that are still being worked on and also as benevolent ghosts that wander around the globe and hope to be born. Universals need a lot of fortune” Alexander Kluge.


On June 22, for Art Night Venezia 2024, JANUS exhibition at Palazzo Diedo will be open 5 pm to 12 am, last entry 11 pm

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