May You Live in Interesting Times

The 58th Venice Biennale
Ralph Rugoff © Photo Andrea Avezzu, Courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia
La Biennale di Venezia
Courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia

Participating Artists

Arsenale and Giardini

Victoria Sin, If I had the words to tell you we wouldn't be here now, 2019 © Ivy Tzai

Meetings on Art

Arsenale and Giardini

National Participations

The 89 Participating Countries
Driant Zeneli, Maybe the cosmos is not so extraordinary, 2019. Two-channel video installation. © the artist and Prometeogallery di Ida Pisani, Milan/Lucca.

Albania 2019

Arsenale Artiglierie
11/05/2019 - 24/11/2019

Mourad Krinah, Maghreb Deconstruct, 2018. Silkscreen print, 120 x 84 cm. © Mourad Krinah.

Algeria 2019

Fondamenta San Giuseppe, 925
11/05/2019 - 24/11/2019

Pavilion of Andorra, Philippe Shangti

Andorra 2019

Istituto Santa Maria della Pietà
11/05/2019 - 24/11/2019

Pavilion of Antigua and Barbuda, "Carnival Mask by Frank Walter", 1968 © Kenneth M. Milton

Antigua and Barbuda 2019

Centro Culturale Don Orione Artigianelli
11/05/2019 - 24/11/2019

Mariana Telleria, archive, courtesy of the artist

Argentina 2019

Arsenale, Sale d'Armi
11/05/2019 - 24/11/2019

ArtlabYerevan, Revolutionary Sensorium

Armenia 2019

Palazzo Zenobio, Collegio Armeno Moorat-Raphael
11/05/2019 - 24/11/2019

Pavilion of Australia, Angelica Mesiti, "ASSEMBLY" (production still), 2019, Commissioned by the Australia Council for the Arts on the occasion of the 58th Venice Biennale

Australia 2019

11/05/2019 - 24/11/2019

Austrian Pavilion, Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein / Renate Bertlmann

Austria 2019

11/05/2019 - 24/11/2019

Orkhan Mammadov, Azerbaijan pavilion 2019

Azerbaijan (Republic of) 2019

Palazzo Lezze
11/05/2019 - 24/11/2019

Bangladesh, Biennale Arte 2019

Bangladesh (People’s Republic of) 2019

Palazzo Zenobio – Collegio Armeno Moorat-Raphael
11/05/2019 - 24/11/2019

Exit / Uscita, Konstantin Selikhanov

Belarus 2019

Spazio Liquido
11/05/2019 - 24/11/2019

Mondo Cane, Courtesy of Belgium Pavilion

Belgium 2019

11/05/2019 - 24/11/2019

Collateral Events

The 21 Official Ones
Sean Edwards, Production Photograph, 2019. Courtesy Sean Edwards and Tanya Leighton, Berlin

Wales in Venice: Sean Edwards

Chiesa di Santa Maria Ausiliatrice
11/05/2019 - 24/11/2019

Charlotte Prodger, Photography Sarah Lee

Scotland + Venice presents Charlotte Prodger

Arsenale Docks
11/05/2019 - 24/11/2019

Taiwan-born multimedia artist Shu Lea Cheang (left) and Spanish curator Paul B. Preciado


Palazzo delle Prigioni
11/05/2019 - 24/11/2019

Céline Eidenbenz. Salonnière of the Salon Suisse 2019. Photo: © Olivier Lovey.

Salon Suisse 2019: S l o w

Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi
11/05/2019 - 24/11/2019

Georg Baselitz, Großer Kopf (Large Head), 1966 © Georg Baselitz Photo: Jochen Littkemann, Berlin

Baselitz Academy

08/05/2019 - 08/09/2019

“Catalonia in Venice_To lose your head (idols)”. Photo: Pedro Azara

Catalonia in Venice_To lose your head (idols)

Cantieri Navali
11/05/2019 - 24/11/2019

Günther Förg, "Untitled", 2007, © Estate Günther Förg, Suisse, Courtesy of Matthew B. Gorson.

Förg in Venice

Palazzo Contarini Polignac
11/05/2019 - 23/08/2019

We're Coming 1983, Jörg Immendorff
© Beverly Pepper

Beverly Pepper: Art in the Open

Spazio Thetis
11/05/2019 - 24/11/2019

Lauren Bon and The Metabolic Studio, Artists Need to Create on the Same Scale that Society Has the Capacity to Destroy, 2006. Neon. Edition 1/12. © Lauren Bon and The Metabolic Studio. Photograph by Joshua White.

Artists Need to Create on the Same Scale that Society Has the Capacity to Destroy: Mare Nostrum

Complesso della Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Penitenti
08/05/2019 - 24/11/2019

Selma Selman, Self-portrait (washing machine), 2016. Photographer Tanja Kanazir, 53.32 x 80 cm. Courtesy of the artist


Dorsoduro 417 (Zattere)
11/05/2019 - 24/11/2019

The Death of James Lee Byars

The Death of James Lee Byars

Chiesa di Santa Maria della Visitazione
11/05/2019 - 24/11/2019


Explore the variety

Luc Tuymans: La Pelle

Palazzo Grassi
26/03/2019 - 06/01/2020

Inspired by Curzio Malaparte’s 1949 novel “La Pelle”, the largest monographic exhibition dedicated to Luc Tuymans in Italy includes over 80 works from the Pinault Collection, international museums and private collections, and focuses on the artist’s paintings from 1986 to today. For the occasion, Luc Tuymans (Mortsel, Belgium, 1958) is unveiling  a site-specific work created specifically for the spaces of Palazzo Grassi.  The exhibition is part of the project “carta blanch” thought up by the Pinault Collection as an invite to artists to exhibit their own piece of work in the context of a major exhibitions.
Luc Tuymans, "Twenty Seventeen", 2017. Pinault Collection
Arshile Gorky, "Landscape Table", 1945, Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne Centre de création industrielle, Paris
This is the first exhibition in Italy devoted to this celebrated and influential figure of 20th century American art. “Arshile Gorky: 1904-1948” seeks to highlight that Gorky’s artistic voice is present from the earliest stages of his career,... Read More
Adrian Ghenie
The second floor of Palazzo Cini, Venice, hosts the solo exhibition dedicated to Adrian Ghenie. Organised in collaboration with the Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac (London, Paris, Salzburg), the show features around ten new  paintings, specifically created... Read More
M. Marinot, "Flacone triangolare blu con bolle e collo quadrato", 1925, Parigi, MAD, ©MAD, Paris/Jean Tholance
Organised by Le Stanze del Vetro in collaboration with the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris (MAD), the exhibition features 200 glass pieces by Maurice Marinot, on loan from international museums. The French artist has been a fundamental figure... Read More
Jean Arp, "Head and Shell (Tête et coquille)", ca. 1933, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice
“The Nature of Arp” presents a new look over the six-decade career of artist Jean Arp (1886–1966). A founder of Dada, he produced an influential body of works, covering a wide variety of materials and formats. His art is based on an original... Read More

Art Spaces

Museums, Foundations, Galleris and Non-Profits in Venice

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Marignana Arte


Spazio Punch

Spazio Punch


Courtesy of Caterina Tognon

Caterina Tognon


Courtesy of Galleria Michela Rizzo, Venice
Espace LV, Venice
Fondazione Berengo © Francesco Allegretto

Fondazione Berengo


Palazzo Grassi Venice
Courtesy of Palazzo Fortuny Venezia
Palazzo Grimani
PGC Venice

Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Private Collections

Courtesy of Casa dei Tre Oci Venice

Casa dei Tre Oci



Hotels, restaurants and bars in Venice
Courtesy of Al Covo

Al Covo


Courtesy of Antiche Carampane

Antiche Carampane


Courtesy of Cantinone Già Schiavi
Courtesy of CoVino



Courtesy of Estro
Courtesy of La Mascareta

La Mascareta


MET Restaurant, Hotel Metropole. Venice. © Matteo Carassale

Met Restaurant


Cortesy of Ostaria da Rioba

Da Rioba


Courtesy of Anice Stellato

Anice Stellato


Osteria di Santa Marina

Santa Marina


Courtesy of Osteria La Corte Sconta

La Corte Sconta


Courtesy of Pensione Wildner

Pensione Wildner