Details of the Venice Biennale 2024 have already started to be announced. The 60th edition of the most prestigious and oldest-running art biennial will open on 20 April 2024 (until 24 November). To help you keep on top of the latest pavilion news, we have brought together all the participating artists and organisers announced so far.
• Venice Biennale: 60th International Art Exhibition, Giardini, Arsenale and various venues around Venice, 20 April-24 November 2024
Artist: Archie Moore
Organisers: Ellie Buttrose; Australia Council for the Arts
The First Nations artist Archie Moore’s work often addresses and confronts contentious issues from Australia’s national history in highly personal installations, which draw material from his daily life. The pavilion’s curator Ellie Buttrose says that Moore is “singular in his ability to engage audiences on an emotional level through memories and familial stories in artworks that stimulate discussion about how we bear the responsibility for social change.”
Artist: Anna Jermolaewa
Organisers: Gabriele Spindler; Austrian Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport
The Russia-born Vienna-based artist, who works mainly in lens-based media and installation, will be presenting new work based on different expressions of non-violent resistance. Previous artworks include an installation about famous carrier pigeons and hiring impersonators of Russian leaders—Lenin, Stalin, Gorbachev, and Putin—and filming them in public spaces for The Doubles (2021).
Artist: [to be announced]
Organisers: Azu Nwagbogu
Benin will be taking part in the Venice Biennale for the first time in 2024. The country’s participation is part of a wider effort by its government to promote Benin’s cultural history and “diplomacy around the restitution of Benin’s royal treasures,” according to a press statement.
Artist: Kapwani Kiwanga
Organisers: Gaëtane Verna; National Gallery of Canada
The Paris-based Canadian artist Kapwani Kiwanga’s work often tackles forgotten histories using a wealth of different media. The artist, who studied anthropology and comparative religion, “is interested in the role of art as a catalyst for revealing and addressing alternative and often silenced, marginalised socio-political narratives that are part of our shared histories,” according to the pavilion’s curator Gaëtane Verna.
Artist: Edith Karlson
Organisers: Estonian Centre for Contemporary Art
The Tallinn-based sculptor Edith Karlson will create an immersive installation for the Estonian pavilion. The artist’s “evocative installations take the audience on an epic journey, through history, moods and myths,” says the curator Geir Haraldseth, who was part of the international selection committee for the pavilion. “Karlson’s belief in the power of art, and in particular sculpture, to affect us all, is sorely needed today.”
Artists: Pia Lindman, Vidha Saumya and Jenni-Juulia Wallinheimo-Heimonen
Organisers: Yvonne Billimore and Jussi Koitela; Frame Contemporary Art Finland
The three artists representing Finland—Pia Lindman, Vidha Saumya and Jenni-Juulia Wallinheimo-Heimonen—all create work that explores the human body and our bodily experience. According to a press statement, each of the artists “has crafted a transdisciplinary practice in which art, life and activism are consciously intertwined” and have been commissioned to create new pieces that will work in dialogue with each other.
Artist: Julien Creuzet
Organisers: Institut Français, French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, and the French Ministry of Culture
The French artist Julien Creuzet grew up on the French-Caribbean island of Martinique and his “singular work and his gift for oral literature are informed by creolisation, bringing together a diversity of materials, stories, forms and gestures,” says the selection committee who voted unanimously for him to represent France. Recent exhibitions include Luma Arles and Camden Art Centre in London.
Artist: John Akomfra
Organisers: Tarini Malik; British Council
At the 2022 Biennale, Sonia Boyce’s presentation in the British pavilion won the Golden Lion prize for best national participation, so the pressure will be on for the film-maker John Akomfrah, representing the UK in 2024. The British-Ghanaian artist is best known for his searing video installations exploring issues such as climate change and post-colonialism. He says in a statement: “I’m grateful to be given a moment to explore the complex history and significance of this institution [the British Pavilion] and the nation it represents, as well as its architectural home in Venice, with all the stories it has told and will continue to.”
Artist: Márton Nemes
Organisers: Róna Kopeczky; Julia Fabényi, Ludwig Museum
Márton Nemes’s abstract paintings and sculptures are often inspired by digital and techno subcultures, from which they borrow visual tropes. For the Hungarian pavilion, the artist will be creating “an immersive environment, a Gesamtkunstwerk rooted in expanded painting,” according to the organisers. The work will take up the whole space and also use sound and touch.
Artist: Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir
Organisers: Dan Byers; Icelandic Art Center
Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir’s playful sculptures incorporate mundane, everyday objects—computer buttons, stickers, car air fresheners—and draw attention to their overlooked design, aesthetics and even beauty. The organisers say that Birgisdóttir “often uses and misuses the systems we have developed to produce our material world,” while the pavilion’s curator Dan Byers adds that the artist’s work is “aesthetically subversive and slyly political”.
Artists: Pakui Hardware (Neringa Cerniauskaite and Ugnius Gelguda) and Marija Teresė Rožanskaitė
Organisers: Valentinas Klimasauskas and Joao Laia; Lithuanian National Museum of Art, Lithuanian Council for Culture
The artist duo Pakui Hardware are planning an immersive installation for the Lithuania pavilion, which will feature paintings by the late Surrealist artist Marija Teresė Rožanskaitė. According to a press statement, the “exhibition will explore the inflammation of (post)human bodies under the current economic and social conditions.”
Artists: Renzo Martens and Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs de Plantation Congolaise (CATPC)
Organisers: Hicham Khalidi, Mondriaan Fund
The Dutch artist Renzo Martens will be collaborating with the Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs de Plantation Congolaise (CATPC), to create an exhibition that will run concurrently in the Dutch pavilion and at the White Cube art centre in Lusanga, Democratic Republic of Congo. CATPC is a collective of plantation workers and was founded in 2014. It uses money made from art to buy back plantations and turn them into biodiverse environments and in 2017 the collective worked with Martens to open the White Cube space on a former plantation, where much of the group’s activities are now based.
Artist: Koo Jeong A
Organisers: Jacob Fabricius and Lee Seol-hui; Arts Council Korea
Koo Jeong A is planning an immersive installation for the South Korean pavilion, where visitors will be taken on a “Korean scent journey” through the country’s cities. The artist has used scent in previous works, such creating the smell of a city just before a rainstorm for a show at the Dia Art Foundation in New York or filling a disused London tube platform with the smell of the endangered Agar tree. Koo is perhaps best known publicly for her glow-in-the-dark skateparks made using phosphorescent paint.
Artist: Sandra Gamarra
Organisers: Adriano Pedrosa
The Peru-born, Madrid-based artist Sandra Gamarra will present Pinacoteca migrante, a work based on the consequences of Spanish colonisation. The artist is also the author of a fictional museum called LiMac - Museum of Contemporary Art of Lima, where all the artefacts, even the museum shop merchandise, are hand painted. Gamarra previously represented Peru at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009.
Artist: Guerreiro do Divino Amor
Organisers: Andrea Bellini,; Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia
The Swiss-Brazilian artist Guerreiro do Divino Amor (whose name translates from Portuguese as warrior of divine love) will be creating an exhibition titled Super Superior Civilizations, which will explore nationalism and political mythologies. It will be the latest instalment in the artist’s long running project Superfictional World Atlas, which he began in 2005.