Presented in Venice Italy at the historic Madonna dell Orto cloister courtyard from April 15 to July 15, 2022, “The Global Supper”, created by international artist Lilly Muller, consist of 199 table settings of the all countries of the world. Covering the entirety of the courtyard, more than 800 feet, each country is represented with a personalized embroidered place setting, an olive branch painted on each individual plate, a mask “serving” humanity and a glass of red wine filled in proportion of the country’s GDP. The installation serves as an invitation to work together in solidarity to find workable solutions for peace, sustainability and healing of our planet environmentally, as well as individual freedom for the citizens of the world.
Inspired by the groundbreaking painting of “The Last Supper” by Renaissance Venetian Master Artist JacopoTintoretto, who himself lived and worked just around the corner from the courtyard. As a metaphor for The Last Supper, this installation represents the diversity in the world, as well as the connectedness and balance where everyone is allowed at the table, having enough food and nourishment to share a meal together in conversation and unity.
Lilly Muller explains: “What better international platform than the Venice Biennale to inspire dialog and exchange. Art connects and brings us together, opens hearts and expands our thinking, a theme that is right in line with this year’s Venice Biennale thematic: “The Milk of Dreams”.