As one of the world's most important art exhibitions, the Venice Biennale plays host to the biggest names in contemporary art. Curated by Okwui Enwezor, this year's installment attempted to curate the entire world and its futures, under the apt title "All the World's Futures." Walking through the Biennale's central pavilion, the Arsenale, 139 artists present works that span the breadth of the exhibition's theme.

From Georg Baselitz's incredible nightmarish paintings to Katharina Grosse's Day-Glo wastelands, the future is bleak, at least according to a majority of the participating artists. Video works by Harun Farocki could be seen nearby a magical theater from the mind of Qiu Zhijie. Alongside the usual suspects, a number of upcoming Middle Eastern, African and Asian artists were rightfully included in this year's exhibition, many of which combined their respective country's heritage with the current contemporary landscape.

Around the exhibition grounds, meanwhile, performance artists put their craft to work through exhaustive solo performances and interactive pieces. Impossible to tell whether or not these performances were sanctioned, their work nevertheless offered a poignant critique among thousands and thousands of camera-toting tourists.

Enjoy our first recap above and stay tuned for much more from the surrounding pavilions at the world's foremost art exhibition. For more recent developments in the world of art and design, check out our recap of Salone del Mobile and Fuorisalone.

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