The Venice Biennale announced this morning that Ralph Rugoff, director of London’s Hayward Gallery since 2006, will be curator of the 58th Venice Biennale, in 2019.

A prolific writer for numerous art publications, Rugoff was also the Artistic Director of the XIII Biennale de Lyon in 2015. Prior to the Hayward, he was spent six years as director of CCA Wattis Institute, at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

In a press release, Biennale President Paolo Baratta said, “the appointment of Ralph Rugoff confirms the Biennale’s primary goal, to qualify the Exhibition as a place of encounter between the visitors, the art and the artists. An Exhibition engaging the viewers directly with the artworks in such a way that memory, the unexpected, the possible provocation, the new and the different can stimulate their visions, their minds and their emotions, and offer them the opportunity for a direct experience.”

The Biennale will run from May 11th to November 24th, 2019, with press preview days May 8th, 9th, and 10th.. It opens to the public on Saturday, May 11th.