Ralph Rugoff, curator for the Venice Biennale 2019, announced its title “May you live in interesting times” as “an ancient Chinese curse”, yet the biennale admits it is a “counterfeit curse” – and not everyone appreciates the irony. Photo: courtesy of Venice Biennale

Venice Biennale’s knowing use of fake Chinese curse riles Hong Kong art centre director

Organisers of 2019 art exhibition announce its title, May You Live in Interesting Times, as ‘an ancient Chinese curse’, while acknowledging the attribution is false. A Hong Kong art professional denounces its use as ‘an absolute disgrace’

Topic |   Chinese history

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Ralph Rugoff, curator for the Venice Biennale 2019, announced its title “May you live in interesting times” as “an ancient Chinese curse”, yet the biennale admits it is a “counterfeit curse” – and not everyone appreciates the irony. Photo: courtesy of Venice Biennale
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