Venice - National Participation

Great Britain 2019


11 May 201924 Nov 2019

Curator: Zoe Whitley
Commissioner: British Council, led by Emma Dexter, British Council Director Visual Arts
Artist: Cathy Wilkes

Artist Cathy Wilkes represents Great Britain at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia with an entirely new body of work.
Wilkes has built a considerable reputation for sculptural installations of profound and mysterious intensity, which often evoke interiors and places of loss. The exhibition includes sculptural installations, object arrangements, paintings and prints, flowing from room to room. Through the measured process of creating her works, Wilkes experiments with all kinds of media and materials, and collects treasures and ingredients. Production – or what we see in the end – is the accumulation of all of these constituent parts. Her work recalls inchoate visions of interiors and places of loss, and meditates on the nature of love and the coexistence of life and death. Her work also shows the disappearance and dematerialisation of life and the absence and anonymity of the author.
Cathy Wilkes’ works, which are all Untitled, render viewers all non-initiates; together they have equal capacity.

  • Cathy Wilkes, Cathy Wilkes, "Untitled", 2012, Image courtesy MoMA PS1, 2017. Photo by Pablo Enriquez. Gift of the Speyer Family Foundation and Mrs. Saidie A. May (by exchange) Courtesy of the Artist and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow

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Special Events

Destination: Venice
Where: Giardini
Type: Opening
Admission: By Invitation Only

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Giardini, Castello Venice, 30122 Italy