Finally, the 2022 Venice Biennale is finally almost here. Delayed a year by the pandemic, this iteration of Italy’s famous art exhibition, the 59th Biennale, is currently running from April 23 to November 27.
Often the biggest attraction is the main exhibition, which this year is overseen by Cecilia Alemani. With a focus on surrealism and an unprecedented focus on female artists, this show will be titled ‘The Milk of Dreams’, in reference to the writings of Leonora Carrington.
But equally exciting are the more than 90 national pavilions around this show. Some of these pavilions will dialogue with Alemani’s exhibition, but most will not. Their topics will range from the preservation of peatlands in Patagonia to the resilience of black women, from economic decline in Italy to the Ghanaian flag, from the German pavilion as a political site itself to “nothing” at all at the Croatian pavilion.
Below is a guide to the dozens of national pavilions that have been announced so far, along with four entrants producing Biennale-sanctioned side events. The majority of the pavilions are located in the Arsenale and the Giardini, the two main venues for the Biennale’s main exhibition, although some are located in various locations around the city.