With the Venice Biennale once again convened in Italy, we’ve put together a guide to ARTnews’s coverage in the run-up to the event as well as reporting from on the ground as it transpires. Continue checking this page for updated live coverage of the Biennale, its satellite shows, and more.
LIVE COVERAGE (UPDATED DAILY)
Monday, May 15
- Katja Novitskova delivers a sci-fi horror show at the Estonian Pavilion.
Saturday, May 13
- Anne Imhof and Franz Erhard Walther won the Golden Lion, while Hassan Khan won the Silver Lion.
Friday, May 12
- Douglas Gordon has video of a floating dolphin in an old medieval prison cell.
- Collectors are snapping up works in the splashy, contentious Damien Hirst show.
- On Kawara‘s One Million Years invokes the ages in an old church.
- Anne Imhof and Huey Copeland are the winners of this year’s Absolut Art Awards.
- Alec Baldwin and Julianne Moore are the stars of Candice Breitz’s videos for the South African Pavilion.
- On various works on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, where a subtly body-altering Pae White work awaits.
Thursday, May 11
- Cecilia Alemani discusses curating the Italian Pavilion, which includes a controversial Jesus Christ sculpture by Roberto Cuoghi.
- At Galleria Michela Rizzo, works by Hamish Fulton reflect on the act of walking.
- Signs of untruths, post-truths, deceptions, and “alternative facts” are all around.
- Records of Tehching Hsieh‘s methodical movements feature in the pavilion for Taiwan.
- Trolls were in charge of the Icelandic Pavilion—trolls by the names of Ugh and Bõögâr.
- See a slide show of scenes from Day 3.
- There will be blood in the streets.
- With sound work by Anri Sala and Hassan Khan, music abounds in Venice.
Wednesday, May 10
- Nigeria makes Biennale history by opening its first-ever pavilion.
- A slide show of scenes from the second day in Venice.
- Rachel Rose discusses her beguiling video in the Central Pavilion.
- A surprise guest at Louis Vuitton: a penguin, courtesy of Pierre Huyghe.
- Chris Ofili delivers a beautiful show of drawings at Victoria Miro.
- Lacking an artist representative this year, Tunisia returns bearing passports.
- Courtney Love rises to the defense of Damien Hirst’s critically savaged Venice show.
- Consider the Stella Maris, a giant yacht docked by the Giardini.
Tuesday, May 9
- A first look at the main exhibition, “Viva Arte Viva.”
- Talking with McArthur Binion about 1970s New York.
- Celebrating Bob Rennie’s $12 million gift in Canada.
- A slide show of scenes from the first day of the Venice Biennale.
- Erwin Wurm keeps on truckin’ at the Austrian Pavilion.
- At the Korean Pavilion, come for the neon, stay for the Pepto-Bismol.
- A large geyser spurts out of and through Geoffrey Farmer’s moving Canadian Pavilion.
- Anne Imhof’s German Pavilion features barking dogs. Plus: an ambitious spectacle involving mini-torches, performers, BB gun pellets, and a bar of soap.
- The Swiss Pavilion, with works by Carol Bove, Teresa Hubbard, and Alexander Birchler, tells the story of Giacometti’s onetime lover. A sculpture by Bove deserves its own post.
- The French Pavilion features an aria from a Bizet opera, courtesy of Xavier Veilhan.
- At the U.S. Pavilion, Mark Bradford unveiled his first poem. Anita Hill is scheduled to appear.
- Dawn Kasper will stay in the Giardini’s Central Pavilion for six months.
- A video installation by a familiar artist awaits in Venice’s labyrinth.
- Behold! James Lee Byars’s The Golden Tower looms over Venice.
- The mega-gallery Hauser & Wirth is shacking up in a 15th-century palazzo.
Monday, May 8
- On Damien Hirst’s disastrous show at the Punta della Dogana and the Palazzo Grassi.
- In a show at the Gallerie dell’Academia, Philip Guston works wax poetic.
- Vik Muniz pieces together ruins at the Palazzo Cini.
- Francesco Vezzoli brings 1970s media and Italo disco to Milan’s Fondazione Prada.
THE BASICS FROM BEFORE (WHO, WHAT, WHERE, ETC.)
The Main Show—“Viva Arte Viva”—and Collateral Events
- The list of 120 artists in the central exhibition
- On the curator, Christine Macel
- On the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Carolee Schneemann
- On a 65-Foot-Tall James Lee Byars Tower in Venice
- On the title, “Viva Arte Viva”
- On Samson Young’s New Sound Works
The National Pavilions (alphabetical by country)
- Tracey Moffatt Will Represent Australia
- Erwin Wurm and Brigitte Kowanz Will Represent Austria
- Phyllida Barlow Will Represent Britain
- Geoffrey Farmer Will Represent Canada
- Details Announced for Geoffrey Farmer’s Pavilion for Canada
- Kirstine Roepstorff Will Represent Denmark
- Erkka Nissinen and Nathaniel Mellors Will Represent Finland
- Anne Imhof Will Represent Germany
- Egill Sæbjörnsson Will Represent Iceland
- Jesse Jones Will Represent Ireland
- Gal Weistein Will Represent Israel
- Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Roberto Cuoghi, Adelita Husni-Bey Will Represent Italy
- Cecilia Alemani Will Curate Italy’s Pavilion
- Takahiro Iwasaki Will Represent Japan
- Wendelien van Oldenborgh Will Represent the Netherlands
- Six Artists Tapped for Norway‘s Pavilion
- Manuel Ocampo and Lani Maestro Will Represent the Philippines
- Sharon Lockhart Will Represent Poland
- Geta Bratescu Will Represent Romania
- Grisha Bruskin, Sasha Pirogova, and the Recycle Group Will Represent Russia
- Rachel Maclean Will Represent Scotland
- Zai Kuning Will Represent Singapore
- Nika Autor To Represent Slovenia
- Candice Breitz and Mohau Modisakeng Will Represent South Africa
- Carol Bove and Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler Will Represent Switzerland
- Philipp Kaiser Will Curate Switzerland‘s Pavilion
- Tehching Hsieh Will Represent Taiwan
- Cevdet Erek Will Represent Turkey
- Vincent J. F. Huang Will Represent Tuvalu
- Mark Bradford Will Represent the United States
- Catalogue for Mark Bradford’s United States Pavilion Will Include Essays by Zadie Smith, Anita Hill
- James Richards Will Represent Wales
- Zimbabwe Will Have a Pavilion
Satellite Shows (in Venice but unaffiliated with the Biennale)
- Damien Hirst Offers His Grandest Work Yet at the Palazzo Grassi and the Punta Della Dogana
- First Carol Rama Show in Venice in a Decade to Be Staged During Biennale
- ‘HyperPavilion’ Will Showcase Post-Humanist Art
- On Kawara’s Epic One Million Years Reading to Be Staged
- Venice’s Grand Gallerie dell’Accademia Will Stage a Guston Show