2019 Venice Biennale artist list revealed

Arsenale, Venice. © Giulio Squillacciotti. Courtesy La Biennale di Venezia

The list of participating artists in the 58th edition of the Venice Biennale has been revealed. The biennale, curated by the Hayward Gallery’s Ralph Rugoff, will feature works by 79 international artists – a significant decrease in comparison to 140 participants in 2017. About his edition, titled May You Live in Interesting Times (a phrase often mistaken as a Chinese proverb), Rugoff said: ‘let us acknowledge at the outset that art does not exercise its forces in the domain of politics. Art cannot stem the rise of nationalist movements and authoritarian governments in different parts of the world, for instance, nor can it alleviate the tragic fate of displaced peoples across the globe (whose numbers now represent almost one percent of the world’s entire population). But in an indirect fashion, perhaps art can be a kind of guide for how to live and think in “interesting times”.’ The exhibition will run from 11 May to 24 November 2019 across the Giardini and Arsenale spaces.

The participating artists are:

Lawrence Abu Hamdan

Njideka Akunyili Crosby

Halil Altındere

Michael Armitage

Korakrit Arunanondchai

Alex Gvojic

Ed Atkins

Tarek Atoui

Darren Bader

Nairy Baghramian

Neïl Beloufa

Alexandra Bircken

Carol Bove

Christoph Büchel

Ludovica Carbotta

Antoine Catala

Ian Cheng

George Condo

Alex Da Corte

Jesse Darling

Stan Douglas

Jimmie Durham

Nicole Eisenman

Haris Epaminonda

Lara Favaretto

Cyprien Gaillard

Gauri Gill

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster

Shilpa Gupta

Soham Gupta

Martine Gutierrez

Rula Halawani

Anthea Hamilton

Jeppe Hein

Anthony Hernandez

Ryoji Ikeda

Arthur Jafa

Cameron Jamie

Kahlil Joseph

Zhanna Kadyrova

Suki Seokyeong Kang

Mari Katayama

Lee Bul

Liu Wei

Maria Loboda

Andreas Lolis

Christian Marclay

Teresa Margolles

Julie Mehretu

Ad Minoliti

Jean-Luc Moulène

Zanele Muholi

Jill Mulleady

Ulrike Müller


Otobong Nkanga

Khyentse Norbu

Frida Orupabo

Jon Rafman

Gabriel Rico

Handiwirman Saputra

Tomás Saraceno

Augustas Serapinas

Avery Singer

Slavs and Tatars

Michael E. Smith

Hito Steyerl

Tavares Strachan

Sun Yuan

Peng Yu

Henry Taylor

Rosemarie Trockel

Kaari Upson

Andra Ursuţa

Danh Vo

Kemang Wa Lehulere

Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Tsuyoshi Hisakado

Margaret Wertheim and Christine Wertheim

Anicka Yi

Yin Xiuzhen

Yu Ji

7 March 2019