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This year’s Venice Biennale is divided into two sections: Nucleo Contemporaino, highlighting contemporary foreign and indigenous artists, and Nucleo Storico, exploring global modernism.


The Venice Biennale has announced a list of 331 artists for this year’s main exhibition, titled “Stranieri Ovunque – Foreigners Everywhere.”

Curated by Adriano Pedrosa, director of the Museu de Arte of São Paulo, the central theme, “Stranieri Ovunque”, originates from a series of works by Palermo-based collective Claire Fontaine.

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“The expression “stranieri ovunke” has several meanings. Firstly, that wherever you go and wherever you are, you will always encounter foreigners – they/we are everywhere. Secondly, it does not matter where you find yourself. Find out, you are always genuine, and a foreigner inside,” explains Pedrosa.

Running from 20 April to 24 November 2024, Pedrosa’s edition will be divided into two parts, Nucleo Contemporary And Nucleo StoricoFor contemporary and historical works respectively.

This year’s edition takes steps to highlight underrepresented voices, with a particular emphasis on celebrating indigenous artist and LGBTQ+ community,

Here’s our guide to what’s in store and the artists you probably won’t want to miss:

“Nucleo Contemporaneo” – Embracing Diversity

Nucleo Contemporary The (Contemporary Nucleus) section of the Biennale Arte 2024 is dedicated to contemporary artists who are foreigners, immigrants, expatriates, sojourners, sojourners, exiles or refugees.

A large representation of Indigenous artists will be highlighted here, including Kay Walkingstick, a landscape artist native American Offspring, Brazilian collective MAHKU, and Māori female quartet Mataho Collective.

According to curator Pedrosa, “Indigenous artists have an emblematic presence in the international exhibition,” including notable exhibits such as a monumental mural by the MAHKU collective on the façade of the central pavilion and a large-scale installation by the Mata Aho collective.

This section will also include the works of many people strange artistBoth contemporary and historical, including Berlin-Hong Kong artist Isaac Chong Wai, American figurative painter Louis Fratino, Canadian artist and filmmaker Erica Rutherford, and Chinese abstract painter Evelyn Taocheng Wang.

In his press statement, Pedrosa said he is the Biennale’s first openly queer curator.

Nucleo Contemporary Corderi will also have a special section dedicated to Defiance ArchiveA project by Marco Scottini, described as a “guide to four decades of social disobedience seen through history and geography”.

‘Nucleo Storico’ – Rethinking Modernism

Nucleo Storico (Historical Nucleus) will come together in an international exhibition that will explore 20th-century works from Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, focusing on global modernism and challenging the boundaries of modernism’s definitions.

“European modernism extended far beyond Europe during the 20th century, often being associated with colonialism, and many artists from the Global South traveled to Europe to be exposed to it. “Yet modernism has been appropriated, swallowed, and cannibalized in the Global South, repeatedly taking on radically new shapes and forms in interaction with local and indigenous contexts,” Pedrosa said earlier this year. Said.

There will be three different rooms: Pictureessence, and a dedicated space for the worldwide Italian artistic diaspora in the 20th century.

The Portrait Room will showcase works by 112 different artists, including Selwyn Wilson, one of the founders of Māori modernism, Ghanaian sculptor Grace Salome Kwami and Chilean painter Laura Rodig.

The “Abstraction” section will showcase works by Sandy Adsett, Fanny Sanin, Etel Adnan, Eduardo Terrazas and Samia Halabi. The section dedicated to the Italian diaspora features 40 artists, including Argentinian painter Lidi Prati and Italian architect Lina Bo Bardi.

There will also be works by many famous historical artists including Frida KahloHis life partners are Diego Rivera, Tarsila do Amaral and Carmen Herrera.


The international exhibition of the Venice Biennale will run from 20 April to 24 November 2024.


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