On the heels of the 58th Venice Biennale, which closed on November 24, countries around the world have begun detailing which artists will represent them at the biennial’s 2021 exhibition. Below is an up-to-date guide to the 2021 Venice Biennale, which will run from May to November that year. This listing will be continually updated as news related to the event breaks.
Sound artist Marco Fusinato will represent Australia in the 59th Venice Biennale, and Alexie Glass-Kantor, executive director of Artspace in Sydney and curator of Art Basel Hong Kong’s Encounters section, will organize the Fusinato’s exhibition. In his work, which was shown in the main exhibition of the 2015 Venice Biennale, curated by Okwui Enwezor, Fusinato explores modes of perception. Pieces by the artist also figured in the Museum of Modern Art’s first-ever exhibition of sound art, which went on view in 2013.
Sigurður Guðjónsson, who is known for his multimedia installations that produce a range of sensory experiences, was selected to rep Iceland in at the 2021 Biennale. The artist has exhibited his work at the National Gallery of Iceland, the Reykjavik Art Museum, the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin, the Bergen Kunsthall in Norway, and other international institutions. Recent presentations at Iceland’s pavilion—like Christoph Büchel’s 2015 installation The Mosque, which was shut down by Venice police—have drawn significant attention in past years.
In September 2019, New Zealand became the first country to announce its plans for the next edition of the Venice Biennale. Yuki Kihara will be the first artist of Pacific descent to represent the country when she presents work at the exhibition in 2021. Kihara’s photographs, videos, and performances, which have previously been shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and other venues, often examine the weight of histories of colonialism. Natalie King, a professor at the University of Melbourne in Australia, will curate Kihara’s presentation at the New Zealand pavilion.