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News / March 7, 2019

Canadian Artists Make Venice Biennale List

Work by Vancouver-based artist Stan Douglas and Montreal-based artist Jon Rafman will be in the main exhibition at the next Venice Biennale
Photo of Stan Douglas by Michael Courtney Photo of Stan Douglas by Michael Courtney
Photo of Stan Douglas by Michael Courtney Photo of Stan Douglas by Michael Courtney

The artist list is out for the main exhibition of the 2019 Venice Biennale. There are 83 artists in total on the list, including some Canadians.

Vancouver-based artist Stan Douglas will be one of the artists featured. So will Montreal-based artist Jon Rafman.

(There is also at least one alum of a Canadian university on the list: Johannesburg-based artist Zanele Muholi. In 2010, Muholi graduated with an MFA in Documentary Media from Toronto’s Ryerson University.)

The Venice Biennale exhibition this year is titled “May You Live In Interesting Times,” and it is curated by American Ralph Rugoff.

“The exhibition will focus on the work of artists who challenge existing habits of thought and open up our readings of objects and images, gestures and situations,” Rugoff said in a release. “Art of this kind grows out of a practice of entertaining multiple perspectives: of holding in mind seemingly contradictory and incompatible notions, and juggling diverse ways of making sense of the world.”

The exhibition will be open to the public May 11 to November 24 in the Venice Giardini.

As previously reported in 2017, the Canada Pavilion this year at the Venice Biennale will feature an exhibition by the collective Isuma. The curatorial team for the pavilion this year is Asinnajaq, Catherine Crowston, Barbara Fischer, Candice Hopkins, and Josée Drouin-Brisebois.