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GUIDE TO VENICE’S ART BIENNALE 2022

 Delayed a year due to the global pandemic, the 2022 Venice Art Biennale is finally almost here. This year’s 59th edition will run from April 23 through November 27. Pre-opening ceremonies were held on April 20, 21 & 22. As usual, one of the main attractions is the International Art Exhibition, which this year is curated by Cecilia Alemani under the title ‘The Milk of Dreams’. There will be 80 participations from national countries in historic pavilions located at Giardini and Arsenale, as well as in other venues throughout the city. A total of 30 other collateral events, which are exhibitions or initiatives that have been promoted by institutions and bodies non-profit international and national, will take place in different locations throughout Venice. Finally, the city’s museums and art spaces are hosting major exhibitions that coincide with the duration of the show. We know how overwhelming the experience can be for long-time Venice Biennale visitors. To help you plan your visit to the major exhibitions and other events, we’ve compiled a complete overview. Here is our guide to the International Art Exhibition and national pavilions. Collateral events are also included. We have added details of each event’s location so you can easily mark these on your map and start crossing them out when you visit. Though this will hopefully help with making sure you won’t miss any of this year’s highlights, it’s good to keep in mind that it is nearly impossible to see it all in one go – let alone remember it. We recommend that you forget about your fears of missing something and instead focus on experiencing all the pieces that appeal to you. Remember that you still have seven months to return if necessary!
La Biennale, Central Pavilion, Giardini. Francesco Galliheader photo: The Gaggiandre venue is part of the Arsenale. photo by Andrea Avezzù, courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia  

THE 59TH INTERNATIONAL ART EXHIBITION – THE MILK OF DREAMS

the Biennale’s visual identity for the 2022 edition features works by artist Felipe Baeza, image courtesy La Biennale Di Venezia Overseen by director and chief curator of High Line Art, Cecilia Alemani, the International Exhibition unfolds in the central pavilion of the Giardini, and in the Corderie, Artiglierie, and the outdoor spaces of the Gaggiandre and Giardino delle Vergini at the Arsenale complex. ‘The Milk of Dreams’ brings together 213 artists from 58 countries, whose work will be displayed within a series of architectural spaces designed by Formafantasma. The Biennale will feature a large number of female artists and non-conforming gender artists for the first time in their 127-year history. According to Alemani, this choice ‘reflects an international art scene full of creative ferment and a deliberate rethinking of man’s centrality in the history of art and contemporary culture.’ Find out more about it here.

 

 

NATIONAL PARTICIPATIONS – GIARDINI

Zsofia Keresztes, ‘After Dreams: I Dare to Defy the Damage’, 2020 (detail). photo: David Biró Alongside the Central Pavilion, the Giardini features over 20 National Pavilions enclosed by the green surroundings of the park. These include the Pavilion of Hungary, in which this year artist Zsófia Keresztes presents new sculptures in an exhibition titled ‘After Dreams, I Dare to Defy the Damages’; the Pavilion of Canada, where Vancouver-based artist Stan Douglas represents his home country for the first time; and the British Pavilion, where artist Sonia Boyce will be the first black woman to represent the country at the Venice Biennale. You can see the complete list here of participations from all countries.  

NATIONAL PARTICIPATIONS – ARSENALE

Space Caviar, Garden of Knowledge, 2022. rendering courtesy Space Caviar The Arsenale Complex, which includes the Corderie, Artiglierie, and the outdoor spaces of the Gaggiandre and Giardino Delle Vergini, hosts the Italian Pavilion, as well as a number of national participations. Among this year’s exhibitors is the Republic of Uzbekistan, which presents titled ‘Dixit Algorizmi – The Garden of Knowledge’, an exhibition of works by Abror Zufarov and Charli Tapp curated by Studio Space Caviar and Sheida Ghomashchi. Following its deput in 2019, Ghana is returning with ‘Black Star—The Museum as Freedom’, a show that features works by artist Na Chainkua Reindorf, Afroscope, and Diego Araúja, exhibited in an architectural design by DK Osseo Arare. You can see the complete list of participations from all countries here.  

NATIONAL PARTICIPATIONS – VENUES AROUND THE CITY

Melanie Bonajo, ‘When the body says Yes’, 2022. commissioned by the Mondriaan Fund. photo by Sydney Rahimtoola Several countries are exhibiting in venues around the city center of Venice. The Dutch Pavilion will present their exhibition in the Chiesetta dilla Misericordiaof Art Events for the 2022 edition. This is a church from Cannaregio that was deconsecrated in 13th-century. It has also invited Estonia to use the Giardini Rietveld Pavillon for its current edition. In Via Garibaldi 1513, artist Tomo Savić-Gecan will represent Croatia with ‘Untitled (Croatian Pavilion), 2022’, an installation that will take the lead story from a randomly selected global news source and feed it as data into an artificial intelligence algorithm. It will also determine the times, locations, durations, movements, and thoughts of five performers performing in Venice.  

LUCIO FONTANA/ ANTONY GORMLLEY

image: Lucio Fontana / Antony Gormley – (from left to right): Lucio Fontana, Ambiente spaziale, 1948, gouache on paper, 37,7 x 22,5 cm (detail). Milano, Fondazione Lucio Fontana. Copyright: Fondazione Lucio Fontana by SIAE 2022 – Antony Gormley, CHROMOSPHERE XI, 2019, Carbon and casein on paper, 27.7 x 38 cm, © the artist What: Lucio Fontana / Antony Gormley
When: 20 April—27 November 2022
Where: Negozio Olivetti, Venice, Italy For the first time, the work of artists Lucio Fontana and Antony Gormley come together in a landmark exhibition. ‘Lucio Fontana / Antony Gormley’ takes place at the historic Negozio Olivetti, a storied mid-century era space designed by architect Carlo Scarpa (originally commissioned by Italian industrialist Adriano Olivetti in 1957) and located on the northern edge of Piazza San Marco in Venice.  

MARY WEATHERFORD – THE FLAYING OF MARSYAS

Mary Weatherford, The Flaying of Marsyas—Natural White and Satin, 2021–22 (detail) © Mary Weatherford. photo by Fredrik Nilsen Studio What: Mary Weatherford – The Flaying of Marsyas
When: 20 April– 27 November 2022
Where: Museum of Palazzo Grimani ‘The Flaying of Marsyas’ presents new paintings by Mary Weatherford, which are directly inspired by Titian’s late, eponymous masterpiece of 1570–76 and reflect her enduring fascination with the painting. Alluding to the Renaissance painter’s subdued palette, while paying tribute to the distinctive light of Venice, Weatherford uses Flashe paint and neon tubing to distill the historical canvas’s affect.  

NILUFAR GALLERY AT AEROPORTO NICELLI LIDO

image courtesy of Nilufar Gallery What: Nilufar GalleryWhere: Giovanni Nicelli Private Airport, Lido Island Launching in conjunction with the opening of the Biennale, Nilufar Gallery’s new exhibition space will occupy an area of ​​the 1920s Giovanni Nicelli Private Airport In Lido Island. Nina Yashar is the founder of Nilufar. She has curated a collection of historic design pieces with work by Ignazio Montcada, Franco Albini and Gio Ponti.

 

 

ANSELM KIEFER – QUESTI SCRITTI, QUANDO VERRANNO BRUCIATI, DARANNO FINALMENTE UN PO’ DI LUCE

 
Anselm Kiefer portrait. photo by Georges Poncet What: Anselm Kiefer – Questi Scritti, Quando Verranno Bruciati, Daranno Finalmente Un Po’ Di Luce
When: April 20 – October 29, 2022
Where: Palazzo Ducale, San Marco, 1 Curated by Gabriella Belli and Janne Sirén, Anselm Kiefer’s exhibition ‘Questi Scritti, Quando Verranno Bruciati, Daranno Finalmente Un Po’ Di Luce’ opens on April 20 at Palazzo Ducale. A series of specially-commissioned works will be shown at Sala dello Scrutinio in connection with celebrations commemorating the 1600th anniversary Venice’s founding.

 

 

PARASOL UNIT – UNCOMBED, UNFORESEEN, UNCONSTRAINED

Julian Charrière, And Beneath It All Flows Liquid Fire, 2019, 4K colour film, 16:10, continuous video loop Dimensions variable. Installation view, Towards No Earthly Pole, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland, 2020 © the artist; VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany Photograph by Jens Ziehe What: Uncombed, Unforeseen, Unconstrained by Parasol UnitWhen: April 23 – November 27, 2022Where: Conservatorio di Musica Benedetto Marcello For the duration of the Biennale, Parasol unit presents ‘Uncombed, Unforeseen, Unconstrained’, a group exhibition of works by eleven international contemporary visual artists at the Conservatorio di Musica Benedetto Marcello.The exhibition brings together works by artists Darren Almond, Oliver Beer, Rana Begum with Hyetal, Julian Charrière, David Claerbout, Bharti Kher, Arghavan Khosravi, Teresa Margolles, Si On, Martin Puryear, and Rayyane Tabet. Although they all work with different media, each one shares a concern about the world. They also share a common interest in a similar phenomenon, which is called entropy. This is the measurement of disorder, randomness and unpredictability in a system.  

ANISH KAPOOR RETROSPECTIVE AT THE GALLERIE DELL’ACCADEMIA DI VENEZIA

Anish Kapoor’s Descent into Limbo 1992 (mixed media and pigment), dimensions variable. photo by Paola Martinez © Anish Kapoor. All rights reserved DACS, 2021 What: Anish KapoorWhen: April 20 – October 9, 2022Where: Gallerie dell’Accademia di Venezia The Gallerie dell’Accademia di Venezia presents a comprehensive retrospective on the work of Anish Kapoor, marking him the first British artist to be honoured with a major exhibition at the museum. Taco Dibbits is the General Director at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and curator of this exhibition.  

MARLENE DUMAS – OPEN-END

Marlene Dumas, Betrayal, 1994. private collection, courtesy David Zwirner, photo by Emma Estwic, New York © Marlene Dumas What: Marlene Dumas. open-endWhen: March 27, 2022 – January 8, 2023Where: Palazzo Grassi Palazzo Grassi presents ‘open-end’, the first comprehensive solo show presenting the work of Marlene Dumas in Italy, as part of the cycle of monographic shows organised by the Pinault Collection dedicated to major contemporary artists.  

RONY PLESL – TREES GROW FROM THE SKY

Rony Plesl, Trees Grow from the Sky, 2022. photo by Petr Krejci © Rony Plesl What: Rony Plesl – Trees Grow from the SkyWhen: April 23 – November 27, 2022  Where: Chiesa di Santa Maria della Visitazione Trees Grow from the Sky, a collateral event of the 2022 biennale, presents a large-scale site-specific installation by Czech artist and sculptor Rony Plesl in the historic Chiesa di Santa Maria della Visitazione. Plesl presents Vitrum Vivum, a revolutionary new full-relief casting technology for glass. This coincides with 2022 International Year of Glass and provides an opportunity to explore the material from both an artistic and technical perspective.

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