Artist Stan Douglas to represent Canada at the next Venice Art Biennale

Words by Alessandra Bellomo
January 16, 2020

The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa has announced artist Stan Douglas to represent the country at the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, in 2021. The museum will also be the commissioner of the pavilion.

Although it’s the first time for the Vancouver-born artist in the National Pavilion of Canada, he is an habitué at the Venice Biennale: he already participated four times in the main exhibition, the last in 2019’s “May You Live in Interesting Times” under the curatorship of Ralph Rugoff. For the occasion, Douglas presented the sci-fi video installation  Döppelganger.

Unanimously chosen by the selection board, “Stan Douglas is one of this country’s most internationally respected artists and we are thrilled to be supporting the development of a new work for the Venice Biennale,” stated Sasha Suda, the National Gallery of Canada’s director and CEO, also a member of the committee.

Douglas was born in 1960 in Vancouver where he currently lives and works and where he graduated at Emily Carr College of Art. He has been participating in prominent solo and collective international exhibitions since the 1980s.

He exhibited at Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM); Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg; WIELS Centre d’Art Contemporain, Brussels; Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon; Carré d’Art – Musée d’Art Contemporain in Nîmes, France; Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Staatsgalerie Stuttgart and Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Serpentine Gallery, London; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, among many others. He participated in the Venice Biennale in 1990, 2001, 2005, and 2019, and in documenta in 1992, 1997, and 2002.

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