all the national pavilions, artists and curators


The Vennice Biennale, the oldest art biennial, is back after being delayed a year due to the pandemic—and it is seemingly as jam-packed with artists as ever. To help you get your head around who is showing where, we have brought together all the national pavilions and artists that have been announced so far.

• Venice Biennale: 59th International Art Exhibition, Giardini, Arsenale and various venues around Venice, 23 April-27 November 2022

Venice, the City of Water, will play host to the oldest biennial in the world © J da Silva


Artist: Lumturi Blloshmi

Organisers: Adela Demetja

Where: Arsenale


Artist: Mónica Heller

Organiser: Alejo Ponce de León

Where: Arsenale

The curator Alexie Glass-Kantor and artist Marco Fusinato Photo: Zan Wimberley


Artist: Marco Fusinato

Organisers: Alexie Glass-Kantor; Australia Council

Where: Giardini


Jakob Lena Knebl and Ashley Hans Scheirl with the curator Karola Kraus

Photo: Christian Benesch


Artists: Jakob Lena Knebl and Ashley Hans Scheirl

Organisers: Karola Kraus; Austrian Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport

Where: Giardini


Jonathas de Andrade’s O Levante (the uprising) (2014) Photo: Josimar Rodrigues and Ricardo Moura;Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna. Courtesy of the artist


Artist: Jonathas de Andrade

Organisers: Jacopo Crivelli Visconti; José Olympio da Veiga Pereira, Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Where: Giardini

Stan Douglas Photo: © Evaan Kheraj. Courtesy of the artist, Victoria Miro and David Zwirner


Artist: Stan Douglas

Organisers: Reid Shier; National Gallery of Canada



Christina Li and Pilvi Takala Photo: Ida Enegren


Artist: Pilvi Takala

Organisers: Christina Li; Frame: Contemporary Art Finland



Zineb Sedira Photo: Musthafa Aboobacker. Courtesy of Third Line gallery


Artist: Zineb Sedira

Organisers: Yasmina Reggad and artReoriented (Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath); Institut Français, French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, and the French Ministry of Culture

Where: Giardini


Maria Eichhorn Photo: Jens Ziehe


Artist: Maria Eichhorn

Organisers: Yilmaz Dziewior

Where: Giardini


Great Britain

Artist: Sonia Boyce

Organisers: British Council

Where: Giardini



Artist: Zsófia Keresztes

Organisers: Mónika Zsikla

Where: Giardini

The artist Niamh O’Malley (centre) with curators Clíodhna Shaffrey and Michael Hill Courtesy of Temple Bar Gallery+Studios


Artist: Niamh O’Malley

Organisers: Clíodhna Shaffrey and Michael Hill, Temple Bar Gallery+Studios; Culture Ireland and the Arts Council Ireland

Where: Arsenale


Dumb Type’s Trace/React Ⅱ(2020) in Actions+Reflections at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo Photo: Kazuo Fukunaga


Artist: Dumb Type

Organisers: Japan Foundation

Where: Giardini



Artist: Brian Schembri, Giuseppe Schembri Bonaci and Arcangelo Sassolino

Organisers: Keith Sciberras and Jeffrey Uslip; Arts Council Malta




Artist: Melanie Bonajo

Organisers: Orlando Maaike Gouwenberg, Geir Haraldseth and Soraya Pol

Where: Chiesetta della Misericordia

In somewhat stereotypical liberal Dutch fashion, the Dutch pavilion’s pick Melanie Bonajo is not only an artist and film-maker, but also a “certified sexological bodyworker and somatic sex coach”. Bonajo will be creating an immersive video installation exploring the importance of touch and intimacy in an age of increasing digital-led isolation, which has only been intensified more recently by a disease that relies on proximity to propagate. After more than two years of social distancing, Bonajo’s work might be a very welcome hug that many people need (or perhaps not, depending on the severity of the pandemic at the time). Note, too, the exhibition will be outside the Giardini, with the Netherlands’s usual spot being given over to Estonia this year.

Two Faʻafafine (After Gauguin) (2020] from the Paradise Camp series by Yuki Kihara Image courtesy of Yuki Kihara and Milford Galleries, Aotearoa New Zealand

New Zealand

Artist: Yuki Kihara

Organisers: Caren Rangi and
Natalie King

Where: Arsenale

Themes of ecology, queer rights and decolonisation will be explored by the Pasifika artist Yuki Kihara in New Zealand’s pavilion. Kihara, who identifies as Fa’afafine, a third gender in Samoan culture, says that the presentation “is intended to camp the notion of paradise”. The show, playfully called Paradise Camp, will be made up of archival material coupled with photography and film shot on the paradisal Samoan island of Upolu.

Hassan Meer, one of the five artists representing Oman Image courtesy of the National Pavilion of the Sultanate of Oman


Artists: Anwar Sonya, Hassan Meer, Budoor Al Riyami, Radhika Khimji and Raiya Al Rawahi

Organisers: Sayyid Saeed Al Busaidi and Aisha Stoby

Where: Arsenale

Making its Venice Biennale debut, the Sultanate of Oman will be presenting the works of five artists covering the past 50 years of Omani contemporary art. The selection of artists is centred on a local collective called Circle Group, established in the late 1990s by Hassan Meer, and its subsequent series of group exhibitions.


Artist: Gerardo Tan, Felicidad A. Prudente and Sammy Buhle

Organisers: Yael Buencamino Borromeo and Arvin Jason Flores

Where: Arsenale



Artist: Małgorzata Mirga-Tas

Organisers: Wojciech Szymański and Joanna Warsza; National Gallery of Art, Warsaw

Where: Giardini


The Russian pavilion in the Giardini, Venice


Artists: Kirill Savchenkov and Alexandra Sukhareva

Organisers: Raimundas Malašauskas

Where: Giardini

Máret Ánne Sara, Anders Sunna and Pauliina Feodoroff Photo: Marta Buso, OCA

Sápmi (formerly Nordic countries: Norway, Sweden, and Finland)

Artists: Pauliina Feodoroff, Máret Ánne Sara and Anders Sunna

Organisers: Katya García-Antón, Liisa-Rávná Finbog and Beaska Niillas; Office for Contemporary Art Norway

Where: Giardini


The Nordic pavilion has been renamed the Sámi pavilion for the 59th Venice Biennale and will show works by three artists from Sápmi, a region in northernmost Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia predating current national borders. The selection of artists and name change is “a symbolic reversal of colonial claims that have sought to erase Sámi land and culture,” according to statement from the organisers, the Office for Contemporary Art Norway.

Vladimir Nikolic and Biljana Ciric


Artist: Vladimir Nikolic

Organiser: Biljana Ciric

Where: Giardini


Artist: Shubigi Rao

Organisers: Ute Meta Bauer; Rosa Daniel, National Arts Council Singapore

Where: Arsenale



Artist: Ignasi Aballí

Organiser: Beatriz Espejo

Where: Giardini

Latifa Echakhch Photo: Pro Helvetia/Keystone/Christian Beutler


Artist: Latifa Echakhch with Alexandre Babel

Organisers: Francesco Stocchi; Pro Helvetia

Where: Giardini



Artist: Füsun Onur

Organisers: Bige Örer; Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts

Where: Arsenale


United Arab Emirates

Artist: Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim

Organisers: Maya Allison; Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation

Where: Arsenale


Simone Leigh in the studio © Simone Leigh. Courtesy the artist and Matthew Marks Gallery. Photo: Shaniqwa Jarvis

United States

Artist: Simone Leigh

Organisers: Jill Medvedow and Eva Respini

Where: Giardini

The American sculptor Simone Leigh will be dedicating her exhibition at the US pavilion entirely “to the experiences and contributions of Black women,” says the pavilion’s co-curator Jill Medvedow. As well as the Chicagoan’s signature figurative sculptures of Black women—sculpted full size in clay before being cast in bronze—the commission will also include a three-day symposium about their overlooked histories and achievements. After the biennial, the presentation will travel to the ICA in Boston for Leigh’s first major US exhibition.

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