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
Wales in Venice: Sean Edwards, Exhiibition view, 2019

Wales in Venice: Sean Edwards

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

© Charlotte Prodger

Scotland + Venice presents Charlotte Prodger

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

Shu Lea Cheang, SADE X (still), 2019, from the film series for installation "3x3x6"


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

Baselitz Academy, installation view at Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venezia 2019, photo Andrea Sarti

Baselitz Academy

08/05/2019 - 06/10/2019

“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

©Formentini Zanatta

The Death of James Lee Byars

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


Explore the variety
The exhibition gathers significant pieces to retrace Peggy Guggenheim‘s Venetian life, after she closed her museum-gallery “Art of This Century” in New York to move to Venice in 1948. The exhibition features a selection of paintings, sculptures and works on paper which she acquired from the late 1940s until 1979, the year in which she passed away. The pieces on view mark the milestones of her artistic life, demonstrating her interest in art beyond Europe and the Unites States. Between the highlights of “Peggy Guggenheim. The Last Dogaressa”, René Magritte’s “Empire of Light” (1953–54) alongside rarely exhibited pieces by René Brô, Gwyther Irwin,... Read More
René Magritte, "Empire of Light" ("L’Empire des Lumières"), 1953–54, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice
Ferdinando Scianna
Born in Sicily in 1943, Ferdinando Scianna is a significant figure in the panorama of contemporary international photography. Casa dei Tre Oci dedicates to the artist a retrospective curated by Denis Curti, Paola Bergna, and Alberto Bianda covering over... Read More
Jannis Kounellis, Installation view, Fondazione Prada, 2019
“Jannis Kounellis“, curated by Germano Celant, is the first vast retrospective dedicated to the artist after his death in 2017. The project, developed in collaboration with the Kounellis Archive, brings together 70 works from 1958 to 2016,... Read More
Kenneth Goldsmith, The Hillary Clinton Emails, 2019, Image Courtesy of Despar Teatro Italia

Hillary: The Hillary Clinton Emails

Despar Teatro Italia
09/05/2019 - 24/11/2019

Despar Teatro Italia presents “HILLARY: The Hillary Clinton Emails”, by artist and poet Kenneth Goldsmith organised by the curatorial team Francesco Urbano Ragazzi. Using the techniques of appropriation and collage theorised in his book “Uncreative... Read More
Yun Hyong-keun Burnt Umber and Ultramarine, 1973, Image Courtesy of MMCA Collection
In collaboration with National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA), Seoul, Palazzo Fortuny presents Yun Hyong-keun‘s first retrospective in Europe. Marked by his country’s troubled history, Yun was one of the most important post-World... 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