56th Venice Biennale

Date: May 9, 2015 - November 22, 2015

Website: http://www.labiennale.org/en/Home.html


The 56th International Art Exhibition (the Venice Biennale) titled All the World’s Futures, curated by Okwui Enwezor and organized by la Biennale di Venezia runs May 9th to November 22nd, 2015.  90 National Participations will exhibit in the historical Pavilions at the Giardini, at the Arsenale and across the city of Venice.


Participating for the first time is Mongolia (image above). The Philippines is also showing in Venice after 51 years absence.

44 Collateral Events, approved by the curator of the International Exhibition and promoted by non profit national and international institutions, will present their exhibitions and initiatives in various locations within the city of Venice.

The International Exhibition

The 56th International Art Exhibition will form a unitary itinerary that starts at the Central Pavilion (Giardini) and continues at the Arsenale, with over 136 artists from 53 countries, of whom 89 will be showing here for the first time.

Image: Chiharu Shiota’s “The Key in the Hand.” | (Photo Sunhi Mang)

Read about three Asian Pavilions (Japan, Singapore, Philippines) and the commissioning of the Chinese National Pavilion by OMA international studio, on the theme of ‘other future’.

Australia has a particularly strong presence in Venice this year. As reported in The Art Newspaperthe country’s new national arts policy is prioritising international exposure.


Australia has a new national pavilion – the first 21st-century building to be constructed inside the historic Giardini.  Work by more than 40 Australian artists will be on view at the international exhibition and satellite events throughout the city.

NTU CCA Singapore is present at the launch of the 56th Venice Biennale with a conversation on:
The Geopolitical and the Biophysical: a structured conversation on Art and Southeast Asia in context

Date: Saturday 9 May
Time: 4.00 – 6.30pm
Venue: Sala del Portego Conference Room, Instituto Veneto (Palazzo Franchetti), Campo S. Stefano, 2847
Commissioned by the National Arts Council of Singapore, this public conversation organised by NTU CCA Singapore is conceived as an extension of NTU CCA Singapore’s Artist-in-Residence, Charles Lim’s SEA STATE project presented at the Singapore Pavilion and in response to Okwui Enwezor’s curatorial theme for the 56th Venice Biennale, All the World’s Futures. The moderated conversation will address the notion of national representation, how geopolitical boundaries are configured and rewritten in the specific context of the Venice Biennale, and what visibility and forms of acknowledgement such a platform can offer to younger nation-states and new or imagined geopolitical entities.

Speakers: Thomas Berghuis, Carla Bianpoen, Doryun Chong, Heri Dono, Patrick Flores, Natasha Ginwala, Vincent Huang, Charles Lim, Mariano Montelibano III, Shabbir Hussain Mustafa, Jose Tence Ruiz, and Eugene Tan.

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