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Venice Biennale 2017

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Exhibitions

The Diaspora pavilion—a hit at last year's Venice Biennale—is reborn in Wolverhampton

Seven of the 19 artists will appear in the reconfigured show

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Artists

Lorenzo Quinn to follow in Christo’s footsteps by creating work for Lake Iseo

Italian artist known for submerging a giant pair of hands in Venice’s Grand Canal plans to install the steel sculpture next year

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Venice Biennale: triumphs and talking points

Leading figures give their impressions of Christine Macel’s main show, Viva Arte Viva, and their pick of the national pavilions

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Former V&A director Martin Roth defends co-curating Azerbaijan pavilion

Co-curator of Venice Biennale show says calling country "a blueprint of tolerance" might have been a mistake

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The road to the Venice Biennale is paved with good intentions

Curator Christine Macel’s worthy aims of saving the planet and helping refugees has seriously backfired

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Kenya works a miracle to bring its exhibition to the Venice Biennale

Pavilion organisers put on a show despite receiving no government money

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Activism is top of Venice Biennale’s agenda

Mark Bradford is among artists using the event to spread humanitarian message

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The Buck stopped here

Venice diary: Rosy Lee dispenses fortunes at the Hotel Metropole to Ai Weiwei and Gavin Turk

Gavin Turk has installed his mechanical fortune-telling sculpture Rosy Lee and more

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The Buck stopped here

Venice diary: Back to the Future with On Kawara’s One Million Years

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Size matters: the large and very small art of Alighiero Boetti

Fondazione Cini’s Minimum/Maximum exhibition reconsiders the Arte Povera maverick

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In the frame

Lost in Venice? There's The Art Newspaper Biennale app for that

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The Buck stopped here

Venice diary: New Zealand’s Lisa Reihana makes a grand Biennale entrance

A dramatic waterborne entrance at the new Tese dell’Isolotto Arsenale location and more

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Artists strike a chord as music fills the Venice Biennale

Audio installations and sound sculptures take centre-stage at the 57th International Art Exhibition

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From here to eternity: the nine trans-pavilions at the Venice Biennale

A journey that starts on the artist’s couch and ends with a meditation on the infinite nature of time: what to expect from the main show

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Collaterals and extras: the Venice Biennale’s other shows

Don't miss the ambitious events outside the national pavilions and the main exhibition open across Venice

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'Reinventing the world': Venice Biennale gives older and lesser-known artists their due

Christine Macel’s Viva Arte Viva raises reputations and social awareness

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Vatican gives Venice Biennale a miss this year

The Holy See participated in the 2013 and 2015 editions of the biennial

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State of the nations: our pick of the Venice Biennale pavilions

Highlights from the Giardini and Arsenale as the art world's biggest event gets underway

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Rachel Maclean uses Pinocchio to reflect on post-truth politics in Venice

The Scottish artist’s new film was inspired by the Italian fairy tale and Venice’s Baroque glitter

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German artist to light up Venice church with images of Martin Luther

Philipp Geist previously projected images onto Cologne Cathedral to make the area more secure after spate of sexual attacks

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In the frame

The Pope gives us hope: climate change graffiti unveiled in Venice

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The path to other dimensions: Christine Macel’s Viva Arte Viva at the Venice Biennale

The French curator behind this year’s main show discusses her belief in art’s transcendent power and her desire to create a focused exhibition

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Art world's tips for the Venice Biennale

Leading figures tell us what they're looking forward to and how they unwind in the Italian city

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Memories from the director’s chair: five curators look back on their Venice Biennale shows

Selecting dozens of artists, dealing with a quirky organisation and navigating an idiosyncratic city—all under the gaze of a rapt art world—make curating the greatest art show on earth a test. Here, the five most recent artistic directors recall their experiences

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Phyllida Barlow: folly in the British pavilion

The sculptor has chosen Folly as an ambiguous title and taken a typically bold and absurd approach to her work for the British pavilion, which is—however obliquely—mindful of the UK’s Brexit vote

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National anthems, national myths, national crises: pick of the Venice Biennale pavilions

Official pavilions in the Giardini and the Arsenale that are already talking points, plus national presentations across Venice that are part of the collateral programme

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Cosa? UK artist John Smith uses translation app in Venice show

Video will feature alongside key works from 1970-80s in artist's first solo exhibition in Italy

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Monochrome mania: Boetti’s obsession with the Xerox machine

Colour = Reality show lights up artist’s photocopy fetish

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Diary of a pavilion: Wales in Venice

James Richards’s contribution to the Welsh presentation at the Biennale is a multifaceted installation set in a Castello church. Here, the entire process, from application to installation, is described by the exhibition’s curator— the director of visual arts for Chapter, in Cardiff

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Prizes

Doyenne of feminist art Carolee Schneemann awarded Venice Biennale’s Golden Lion

Lifetime achievement accolade recognises her work in performance and body art over six decades

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Biennials & festivals

Sharon Lockhart gives voice to Polish girls and Jewish orphans at the Venice Biennale

For her project in the Polish pavilion, the photographer pays tribute to a pediatrician and writer who pioneered children’s rights

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Tunisian pavilion to issue travel documents at Venice Biennale

Migration will be the focus of the country’s first Biennale project in more than 50 years

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Guide to Asian pavilions at the 2017 Venice Biennale

From upside-down architecture to shadow puppets, artists explore cultural identity at the “Olympics of the art world”

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UAE goes to Venice

Curator reveals big idea behind Biennale pavilion

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Loris Gréaud to resurrect defunct Murano glass factory during the Venice Biennale

Production line of glass blowers will help create more than 1,000 unique works

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Installation in Venice to re-imagine Lenin’s tomb within Malevich’s black cube

Project marking centenary of Russian Revolution aims to highlight "potency of symbols in post-truth world"

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Recovered ancient artefacts—ransacked during war—to feature at the Iraq pavilion in Venice

Objects drawn from the National Museum of Iraq will be shown alongside works by Modern and contemporary artists

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Russian billionaire’s new Venice gallery to open with show of Soviet and contemporary art

Inaugural exhibition will include work by Rodchenko, Tillmans and a new Barbara Kruger commission

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Venice Biennale’s main exhibition to be ‘by the artists and for the artists’, curator says

Christine Macel’s presentation to include more work from Latin America, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Russia, with 103 artists showing for the first time

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Exhibitions

Philip Guston gets first Venice museum show

Accademia exhibition will open for this year's Venice Biennale, more than 50 years after the artist represented the US

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Giants of German culture including Thomas Demand to feature in Fondazione Prada’s Venice Biennale show

Exhibition also includes works by theatre designer Anna Viebrock and film director Alexander Kluge<br>

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Venice Biennale 2017: Mark Bradford and Xavier Veilhan projects revealed

US artist will work with Italian prisoners while the French sculptor will set up a recording studio in the Giardini<br> <br>