The 59. International Art Exhibition entitled “The Milk of Dreams” is ready to open its gates on 23 April. Curated by Cecilia Alemani and organised by the Biennale di Venezia under the chairmanship of Roberto Cicutto, the event has been in the news for months (for instance, with the recent – predictable – announcement of the resignation of the curators and artists of the Russian Pavilion). Postponed due to the pandemic, the Biennale is now ready to welcome 213 artists from 58 countries, whose works will occupy the Central Pavilion, the Giardini and the Arsenale. Many numbers, all significant: 26 Italian artists, 180 first participations, 1433 works and objects on display and 80 new productions. There are 80 National Participations, including 5 countries participating for the first time: the Republic of Cameroon, Namibia, Nepal, the Sultanate of Oman and Uganda. Expectations are growing around the Italian Pavilion at the Tese delle Vergini in the Arsenale, which for the first time will feature just one name, that of the artist Gian Maria Tosatti.
Whether it is about “historic” pavilions and well-known names, such as Simone Leigh’s for the United States Pavilion, or new entries making their Biennale debut, such as the Uganda Pavilion which will present works by Acaye Kerunen and Collin Sekajugo, the Biennale always knows how to spark discussion. Worthy of note is the rich calendar of collateral events organised in numerous venues around Venice, including the exhibition on artist Angela Su, representing Hong Kong.
While waiting to finally navigate the labyrinthine path of exhibitions and collateral events, we have prepared a list of pavilions that, given the premises, you cannot miss.
Opening image: Yunchul Kim, Chroma V. Korean Pavilion, 2022. Courtesy of the artist. Photo Roman März