2015 Venice Biennale Graphics

What’s the Gender Makeup of the 2015 Venice Biennale?


The opening of the 56th edition of the Venice Biennale is now less than a month away. (It opens to the public May 9.) This year’s main exhibition, “All the World’s Futures,” is organized by Okwui Enwezor, the director of Munich’s Haus der Kunst, and features more than 136 artists and collectives. Last month we examined the geographic makeup of that artist list. Today we break it down by gender.

As the graph above shows, solo male artists outnumber solo female artists on the list 54 percent to 33 percent, but that’s not quite the full story: a solid 13 percent are collaborations or collectives with mixed genders. (A note on methodology: duos and collectives made up of one gender were counted as a single artist of that gender, and percentages have been rounded.)

Of course, tallies like this can only tell so much, and ways of calculating them can differ. One will have to wait for the opening of the show to see how artists are featured.

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