As the 58th Venice Biennale runs in Italy, this page is a complete compendium of reporting from on the ground (or the waterways, as the case may be), as well as an archive of preview materials published previously. Check back for new reports.
LIVE COVERAGE / UPDATED REGULARLY
Saturday, May 11
– Golden Lions were presented to Arthur Jafa and Lithuania.
Friday, May 10
– After a week on the ground, read Andrew Russeth’s review of the Venice Biennale and other art presented in a city that will be flush with visitors for months to come.
– Keep up with our “Odds & Ends” column, continuously updated with sights and observations from all around Venice.
Thursday, May 9
– Painter Adrian Ghenie does not add up in a show in the Palazzo Cini.
– Join Carlo Pistacchi and David Horvitz for a bite of sorbet made to taste like the Adriatic Sea.
Wednesday, May 8
– Take a look inside the Giardini, where the second half of Ralph Rugoff’s main exhibition—this one more cramped than the Arsenale portion—is on show.
– No, that brutally cacophonous sound inside the Biennale is not a work falling apart—it’s a Sun Yuan and Peng Yu robot piece.
Tuesday, May 7
– To be or yacht to be? That is the question for this survey of boats of the Biennale.
– See a slideshow of works from the Arsenale, where part of Ralph Rugoff’s main exhibition, “May You Live in Interesting Times,” is now on view.
– The Biennale and Art Basel used to open in succession and allow for a dreamy train ride in between. What was gained and what was lost to nostalgia for those heady days of yore?
Monday, May 6
– A Helen Frankenthaler outing—her first major show in Venice since 1966—has opened at the Palazzo Grimani.
– Frank Auerbach is having his first show in Venice since winning the Golden Lion in 1986.
– Thierry Geoffroy will host “Critical Runs,” a series of jogging events in which participants discuss the Biennale.
– Artist Christoph Büchel brings to Venice the wreckage of a sunken boat that once carried immigrants.
PREVIEWS / ADVANCE COVERAGE
The Main Show—“May You Live in Interesting Times”—and Collateral Events
– The list of the 79 artists in the main exhibition
– Breaking down the artist list by the numbers
– On the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement winner, Jimmie Durham
– On the jury for the Biennale’s 2019 awards
– On the show’s title, “May You Live in Interesting Times”
– On the show’s curator, Ralph Rugoff
– A guide to the Biennale’s operation and history
The National Pavilions (alphabetical by country)
– Algeria to ‘Defer’ Participation
– Australia Picks Angelica Mesiti
– Renate Bertlmann Will Represent Austria
– Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys Will Rep Belgium
– Danica Dakic Will Represent Bosnia and Herzegovina
– Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca Will Represent Brazil
– Isuma Will Represent Canada
– Stanislav Kolíbal Will Represent the Czech Republic
– Kris Lemsalu Will Represent Estonia
– Finland Taps Miracle Workers Collective
– France Picks Laure Prouvost
– Anna K.E. Will Represent Georgia
– Under the Name Natascha Süder Happelmann, Natascha Sadr Haghighian Will Rep Germany
– Ghana Plans Venice Biennale Debut, with El Anatsui, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, More
– Great Britain Taps Cathy Wilkes
– Shirley Tse Will Rep Hong Kong
– Iceland Goes With Shoplifter
– India Pavilion Names Artists for Exhibition
– Serwan Baran Will Represent Iraq
– Eva Rothschild Will Represent Ireland
– Italy Goes with Enrico David, Chiara Fumai, Liliana Moro
– Kazakhstan Cancels Pavilion
– Hwayeon Nam, Siren Eun Young Jung, and Jane Jin Kaisen Will Represent Korea
– Alban Muja Will Represent Kosovo
– Rugile Barzdziukaite, Vaiva Grainyte, Lina Lapelyte to Represent Lithuania
– Marco Godinho Tapped to Represent Luxembourg
– Mongolia Goes with Throat Singing and Electronic Sound by Carsten Nicolai
– Dane Mitchell Will Represent New Zealand
– Naiza Khan Will Represent Pakistan
– Roman Stanczak Will Represent Poland
– Leonor Antunes Will Represent Portugal
– Russia Selects Hermitage Museum to Curate Pavilion
– Dineo Seshee Bopape, Mawande Ka Zenzile, and Tracey Rose Will Represent South Africa
– Charlotte Prodger Will Represent Scotland
– Song-Ming Ang Will Represent Singapore
– Marko Peljhan Will Represent Slovenia
– Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz Will Represent Switzerland
– Nujoom Alghanem Will Represent United Arab Emirates
– Martin Puryear Will Represent United States
– Zimbabwe Taps Four for Pavilion
Satellite Shows (in Venice but unaffiliated with the Biennale)
– Arshile Gorky Will Receive First Italian Retrospective During Biennale
– Blood-Red Regattas Aim to Remind Attendees of Environmental Threats to the City
– Brian Rochefort Will Have Venice Show During Biennale