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The 59th International Art Exhibition

The 59th International Art Exhibition

The Milk of Dreams

Noor Abuarafeh » Akosua Adoma Owusu » Eileen Agar » Monira Al Qadiri » Sophia Al-Maria » Özlem Altin » Gertrud Arndt » Tomaso Binga » ZHENG Bo » Marianne Brandt » Liv Bugge » Miriam Cahn » Claude Cahun » Ali Cherri » Lenora de Barros » Agnes Denes » Maya Deren » Andro Eradze » Simone Fattal » Nan Goldin » Robert Grosvenor » Aneta Grzeszykowska » Hannah Höch » Florence Henri » Lynn Hershman Leeson » Georgiana Houghton » Sheree Hovsepian » Saodat Ismailova » Birgit Jürgenssen » Geumhyung Jeong » Kapwani Kiwanga » Barbara Kruger » Gabrielle L'Hirondelle Hill » Louise Lawler » Shuang Li » Diego Marcon » Sidsel Meineche Hansen » Sandra Mujinga » Thao Nguyen Phan » Meret Oppenheim » Elle Pérez » Sondra Perry » Julia Phillips » Joanna Piotrowska  » Janis Rafa » Edith Rimmington » Luiz Roque » Aki Sasamoto » Marianna Simnett » Sable Elyse Smith » Tourmaline » Rosemarie Trockel » WU Tsang » Marianne Vitale » Raphaela Vogel » Cosima von Bonin » & others

Festival: 23 Apr – 27 Nov 2022

The Venice Biennale

Ca' Giustinian San Marco 1364
30124 Venezia

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The 59th International Art Exhibition
Claude Cahun, Self-portrait (reflected image in mirror, checquered jacket), 1928.
Courtesy of the Jersey Heritage Collections

The 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, titled The Milk of Dreams, will open to the public from Saturday April 23 to Sunday November 27, 2022, at the Giardini and the Arsenale; it will be curated by Cecilia Alemani and organised by La Biennale di Venezia chaired by Roberto Cicutto. The Pre-opening will take place on April 20, 21 and 22; the Awards Ceremony and Inauguration will be held on 23 April 2022

Read the statement by Cecilia Alemani
Read the statement by Roberto Cicutto

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Diego Marcon, The Parents’ Room (still), 2021.
Courtesy the Artist; Fondazione Donnaregina per le arti contemporanee, Napoli

The Exhibition will take place in the Central Pavilion (Giardini) and in the Arsenale, including 213 artists from 58 countries; 180 of these are participating for the first time in the International Exhibition. 1433 the works and objects on display, 80 new projects are conceived specifically for the Biennale Arte.

The artists

The Exhibition will also include 80 National Participations in the historic Pavilions at the Giardini, at the Arsenale and in the city centre of Venice. 5 countries will be participating for the first time at the Biennale Arte: Republic of Cameroon, Namibia, Nepal, Sultanate of Oman, andUganda. Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic and Republic of Uzbekistan participate for the first time with their own Pavilion.

The National Participations

The 59th International Art Exhibition
Lenora de Barros, POEMA (POEM), 1979_2014. Photo Fabiana de Barros.
Courtesy the Artist; Gallerie Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna; Bergamin & Gomide, São Paulo
The 59th International Art Exhibition
Elle Pérez, Petal, 2020_2021.
Courtesy the Artist; 47 Canal
The 59th International Art Exhibition
Installation view, Wu Tsang, Of Whales, 2022, the 59th Venice Biennale. Photos by Matteo De Fina. Courtesy the artist; Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin; Antenna Space, Shanghai; Cabinet, London.