In this episode we take a closer look at Layla and Majnun, which has been a popular theme in literature since its origins in Bedouin oral storytelling. Majnun was associated with a real life character who probably lived in the second half of the seventh century in the Arabian peninsula, but by the Persian poet Nizami’s time in the twelfth century there were many variations of the Majnun theme circulating.
In a five part series, the Heartbreak podcast will unpack the different themes of the exhibition. Throughout the run of the 58th Venice Biennale episodes will be released on: Dido and Aeneas, Layla and Majnun, maps, war, and rites of passage.
We are pleased to announce the exhibition ‘Heartbreak’ to coincide with the 58th Venice Biennale, 11 May – 24 November 2019. Taking the classical story of Dido and Aeneas as its starting point, the exhibition will include the work of nine contemporary artists, each exploring the theme of heartbreak.
RUYA MAPS will launch its inaugural project, an exhibition of work by Venezuelan artist Pepe López (b.1966) in London’s Fitzrovia Chapel. ‘Crisálida’ will be López’s first solo exhibition in the UK and will showcase the artist’s large-scale installation of the same name, originally shown at Espacio Monitor, Caracas in October 2017.