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Cyprus Pavilion | POLYS PESLIKAS

At the Venice Biennale’s Cyprus Pavilion, Polys Peslikas explores the power of light and colour as he asks how we want to shape the future When Polys Peslikas responded to the curatorial concept for this year’s Cyprus Pavilion at the Venice Biennale — to use painting and colour as a way to explore possible futures […]

German Pavilion | Anna Imhof

The two most prestigious prizes at this year’s Venice Biennale both went to Germany. Franz Erhard Walther won the Golden Lion for best artist for his large-scale textile work in VIVA ART VIVA, and rising star Anna Imhof’s bold, unsettling performance piece, Faust, scooped the award for best national participation — with good reason. The […]

UAE Pavilion | 57th Venice Biennale

Selections talks to Hammad Nasar, the curator of the UAE Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale With the title Rock, Paper, Scissors: Positions in Play, the United Arab Emirates is bringing the work of a roster of UAE-based contemporary artists to its National Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale. Lahore-born, London-based curator and writer Hammad […]

Japanese Pavilion | Takahiro Iwasaki

Entitled Turned Upside Down, It’s a Forest, Takahiro Iwasaki’s solo show at the Japanese Pavilion is inspired by an old saying that were Venice to be inverted it would be a forest, thanks to what is rumoured to be more than a million wooden stakes supporting it. The Hiroshima-based artist has created a series of […]

French Pavilion | 57th Venice Biennale

Chic and welcoming, the French Pavilion this year has been transformed beyond recognition by Xavier Veilhan and Christian Marclay. The duo has created a giant recording studio, filled with analogue instruments and amplifiers, all open to musicians for experimentation and play. The immersive installation is inspired by the work of Kurt Schwitters, whose Dada-ist construction […]

American Pavilion | Venice Biennale

American artist Mark Bradford is black, gay and liberal — three facets of his identity that are increasingly problematic in Donald Trump’s America. His response to Trump’s stance is a powerful symbolic gesture — he has turned the White House, as the American pavilion is known, into a ruin. To enter the exhibition, Tomorrow Is […]

Russian Pavilion | Venice Biennale

Consistently spectacular, Russia’s pavilion this year houses an exhibition entitled Theatre of the World, commissioned and curated by Semyon Mikhailovsky. The exhibition takes its name from the first modern atlas, created by Flemish cartographer and geographer Abraham Ortelius in the 14th century. Theatrical and monumental, the show comprises sculpture, installation, video and sound and features […]

Italian Pavilion

A highlight of the biennale, the Italian pavilion features just three artists this year, as opposed to up to 150 in previous editions. Curator Cecilia Alemani worked with Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Roberto Cuoghi and Adelita Husni-Bey to create The Magic World, a dramatic but eerie exhibition that lingers in the mind. Named for a 1948 […]

Chinese Pavilion

Featuring work by contemporary artists Tang Nannan and Wu Jian’an and traditional artisans Wang Tianwen and Yao Huifen, the Chinese Pavilion was organised by artist, curator and professor Qiu Zhijie, who believes that “contemporary and traditional arts shouldn’t be separated.” Like many of the pavilions this year, the exhibition has a performative element, thanks to […]

Lebanese pavilion | Zad Moultaka

In the Lebanese Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Zad Moultaka looks back 4000 years to reflect on the contemporary Near East and its idols Lebanon didn’t participate in the last edition of the Venice Biennale, but it makes a return this year with an ambitious pavilion that reflects not just on the history of Lebanon, […]