Venice Biennale 2022: all the national pavilions, artists and curators

The latest details about the key participants of the 59th International Art Exhibition

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The Venice Biennale's Central Pavillion in the Giardini Photo: Francesco Galli; Courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia

The Venice Biennale's Central Pavillion in the Giardini Photo: Francesco Galli; Courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia

The Venice Biennale, the oldest art biennial, is back after being delayed a year due to the pandemic—and it is seemingly as jam-packed with artists as ever. To help you get your head around who is showing where, we have brought together all the national pavilions and artists that have been announced so far.

Venice Biennale: 59th International Art Exhibition, Giardini, Arsenale and various venues around Venice, 23 April-27 November 2022

Venice, the City of Water, will play host to the oldest biennial in the world © J da Silva

Albania

Artist: Lumturi Blloshmi

Organisers: Adela Demetja

Where: Arsenale

Argentina

Artist: Mónica Heller

Organisers: Alejo Ponce de León

Where: Arsenale

The curator Alexie Glass-Kantor and artist Marco Fusinato Photo: Zan Wimberley

Australia

Artist: Marco Fusinato

Organisers: Alexie Glass-Kantor; Australia Council

Where: Giardini

Website

Jakob Lena Knebl and Ashley Hans Scheirl with the curator Karola Kraus

Photo: Christian Benesch

Austria

Artists: Jakob Lena Knebl and Ashley Hans Scheirl

Organisers: Karola Kraus; Austrian Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport

Where: Giardini

Website

Francis Alÿs Courtesy of the artist

Belgium

Artists: Francis Alÿs

Organisers: Hilde Teerlinck

Where: Giardini

Jonathas de Andrade’s O Levante (the uprising) (2014) Photo: Josimar Rodrigues and Ricardo Moura;Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna. Courtesy of the artist

Brazil

Artist: Jonathas de Andrade

Organisers: Jacopo Crivelli Visconti; José Olympio da Veiga Pereira, Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Where: Giardini

Stan Douglas Photo: © Evaan Kheraj. Courtesy of the artist, Victoria Miro and David Zwirner

Canada

Artist: Stan Douglas

Organisers: Reid Shier; National Gallery of Canada

Where: Giardini

Website

Catalonia

Artist: Lara Fluxà

Organisers: Oriol Fondevila

Uffe Isolotto Photo: Nanna Starck

Denmark

Artist: Uffe Isolotto

Organisers: Jacob Lillemose

Where: Giardini


Bita Razavi, Corina Apostol andKristina Norman. Photo: Dénes Farkas/CCA Estonia

Estonia

Artists: Kristina Norman and Bita Razavi

Organisers: Corina L. Apostol; Maria Arusoo, Estonian Centre for Contemporary Art

Where: Giardini (Dutch pavilion)

Christina Li and Pilvi Takala Photo: Ida Enegren

Finland

Artist: Pilvi Takala

Organisers: Christina Li; Frame: Contemporary Art Finland

Where:Giardini

Website

Zineb Sedira Photo: Musthafa Aboobacker. Courtesy of Third Line gallery

France

Artist: Zineb Sedira

Organisers: Yasmina Reggad and artReoriented (Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath); Institut Français, French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, and the French Ministry of Culture

Where: Giardini

Website

Maria Eichhorn Photo: Jens Ziehe

Germany

Artist: Maria Eichhorn

Organisers: Yilmaz Dziewior

Where: Giardini

Website

Sonia Boyce Photo: Paul Cochrane, courtesy of UAL

Great Britain

Artist: Sonia Boyce

Organisers: British Council

Where: Giardini

Website

Hong Kong

Artist: Angela Su

Organisers: Freya Chou; M+ Museum and the Hong Kong Arts Development Council

Where: Campo della Tana, Castello

Hungary

Artist: Zsófia Keresztes

Organisers: Mónika Zsikla

Where: Giardini

Sigurður Guðjónsson Photo: Saga Sig

Iceland

Artist: Sigurður Guðjónsson

Organisers: Mónica Bello; Icelandic Art Center

Where: Arsenale

Website

The artist Niamh O’Malley (centre) with curators Clíodhna Shaffrey and Michael Hill Courtesy of Temple Bar Gallery+Studios

Ireland

Artist: Niamh O’Malley

Organisers: Clíodhna Shaffrey and Michael Hill, Temple Bar Gallery+Studios; Culture Ireland and the Arts Council Ireland

Where: Arsenale

Website

Dumb Type’s Trace/React Ⅱ(2020) in Actions+Reflections at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo Photo: Kazuo Fukunaga

Japan

Artist: Dumb Type

Organisers: Japan Foundation

Where: Giardini

Website

Luxembourg

Artist: Tina Gillen

Organisers: Christophe Gallois; Mudam Luxembourg

Where: Arsenale

Website

Malta

Artist: Brian Schembri, Giuseppe Schembri Bonaci and Arcangelo Sassolino

Organisers: Keith Sciberras and Jeffrey Uslip; Arts Council Malta

Where:Arsenale

Website

Netherlands

Artist: Melanie Bonajo

Organisers: Orlando Maaike Gouwenberg, Geir Haraldseth and Soraya Pol

Where: Chiesetta della Misericordia

In somewhat stereotypical liberal Dutch fashion, the Dutch pavilion’s pick Melanie Bonajo is not only an artist and film-maker, but also a “certified sexological bodyworker and somatic sex coach”. Bonajo will be creating an immersive video installation exploring the importance of touch and intimacy in an age of increasing digital-led isolation, which has only been intensified more recently by a disease that relies on proximity to propagate. After more than two years of social distancing, Bonajo’s work might be a very welcome hug that many people need (or perhaps not, depending on the severity of the pandemic at the time). Note, too, the exhibition will be outside the Giardini, with the Netherlands’s usual spot being given over to Estonia this year.

Two Faʻafafine (After Gauguin) (2020] from the Paradise Camp series by Yuki Kihara Image courtesy of Yuki Kihara and Milford Galleries, Aotearoa New Zealand

New Zealand

Artist: Yuki Kihara

Organisers: Caren Rangi and Natalie King; Creative New Zealand

Where: Arsenale

Website

Themes of ecology, queer rights and decolonisation will be explored by the Pasifika artist Yuki Kihara in New Zealand’s pavilion. Kihara, who identifies as Fa’afafine, a third gender in Samoan culture, says that the presentation “is intended to camp the notion of paradise”. The show, playfully called Paradise Camp, will be made up of archival material coupled with photography and film shot on the paradisal Samoan island of Upolu.

Hassan Meer, one of the five artists representing Oman Image courtesy of the National Pavilion of the Sultanate of Oman

Oman

Artists: Anwar Sonya, Hassan Meer, Budoor Al Riyami, Radhika Khimji and Raiya Al Rawahi

Organisers: Sayyid Saeed Al Busaidi and Aisha Stoby

Where: Arsenale

Making its Venice Biennale debut, the Sultanate of Oman will be presenting the works of five artists covering the past 50 years of Omani contemporary art. The selection of artists is centred on a local collective called Circle Group, established in the late 1990s by Hassan Meer, and its subsequent series of group exhibitions.

Philippines

Artist: Gerardo Tan, Felicidad A. Prudente and Sammy Buhle

Organisers: Yael Buencamino Borromeo and Arvin Jason Flores

Where: Arsenale

Website

Poland

Artist: Małgorzata Mirga-Tas

Organisers: Wojciech Szymański and Joanna Warsza; National Gallery of Art, Warsaw

Where: Giardini

Website

Pedro Neves Marques's Autofiction (2020) Courtesy of the artist and Galleria Umberto Di Marino

Portugal

Artist: Pedro Neves Marques

Organisers: João Mourão and Luís Silva; Direção-Geral das Artes

Where: Palazzo Franchetti

The Russian pavilion in the Giardini, Venice

Russia

Artists: Kirill Savchenkov and Alexandra Sukhareva

Organisers: Raimundas Malašauskas

Where: Giardini

Máret Ánne Sara, Anders Sunna and Pauliina Feodoroff Photo: Marta Buso, OCA

Sápmi (formerly Nordic countries: Norway, Sweden, and Finland)

Artists: Pauliina Feodoroff, Máret Ánne Sara and Anders Sunna

Organisers: Katya García-Antón, Liisa-Rávná Finbog and Beaska Niillas; Office for Contemporary Art Norway

Where: Giardini

Website

The Nordic pavilion has been renamed the Sámi pavilion for the 59th Venice Biennale and will show works by three artists from Sápmi, a region in northernmost Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia predating current national borders. The selection of artists and name change is “a symbolic reversal of colonial claims that have sought to erase Sámi land and culture,” according to statement from the organisers, the Office for Contemporary Art Norway.

Scotland

Artist: Alberta Whittle

Organisers: Glasgow International; Scotland+Venice

Where: Arsenale Docks Cantieri Cucchini

Website

Vladimir Nikolic and Biljana Ciric

Serbia

Artist: Vladimir Nikolic

Organisers: Biljana Ciric

Where: Giardini

Singapore

Artist: Shubigi Rao

Organisers: Ute Meta Bauer; Rosa Daniel, National Arts Council Singapore

Where: Arsenale

Website

Spain

Artist: Ignasi Aballí

Organisers: Beatriz Espejo

Where: Giardini

Latifa Echakhch Photo: Pro Helvetia/Keystone/Christian Beutler

Switzerland

Artist: Latifa Echakhch with Alexandre Babel

Organisers: Francesco Stocchi; Pro Helvetia

Where: Giardini

Website

Taiwan

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Organisers: Patrick Flores; Taipei Fine Arts Museum

Where:Palazzo delle Prigioni

Turkey

Artist: Füsun Onur

Organisers: Bige Örer; Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts

Where: Arsenale

Website

United Arab Emirates

Artist: Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim

Organisers: Maya Allison; Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation

Where: Arsenale

Website

Simone Leigh in the studio © Simone Leigh. Courtesy the artist and Matthew Marks Gallery. Photo: Shaniqwa Jarvis

United States

Artist: Simone Leigh

Organisers: Jill Medvedow and Eva Respini

Where: Giardini

Website

The American sculptor Simone Leigh will be dedicating her exhibition at the US pavilion entirely “to the experiences and contributions of Black women,” says the pavilion’s co-curator Jill Medvedow. As well as the Chicagoan’s signature figurative sculptures of Black women—sculpted full size in clay before being cast in bronze—the commission will also include a three-day symposium about their overlooked histories and achievements. After the biennial, the presentation will travel to the ICA in Boston for Leigh’s first major US exhibition.

Zimbabwe

Artists: Wallen Mapondera, Ronald Muchatuta, Kresiah Mukwazhi and Terrence Musekiwa

Organisers: Fadzai Muchemwa; National Gallery of Zimbabwe

Updated on 19 January 2022
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