Artists and Details Announced for 53rd Venice Biennale

The Foundation La Biennale di Venezia has announced a list of over ninety artists for the 53rd Venice Biennale’s main exhibition, titled “Making Worlds,” curated by Daniel Birnbaum. As Birnbaum describes it, the show is “a large exhibition that articulates different themes woven into one whole, without dividing the exhibition into sections.”

At a press conference today, Birnbaum, along with Biennale president Paolo Baratta, discussed the exhibition, which will take place in the traditional venues of the Arsenale (including the Giardinio delle Vergini [Garden of Virgins]), and at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni della Biennale (formerly known as the Italian Pavilion) in the Giardini; the Palazzo has now been given over to the Biennale commission to act as a permanent center of activities. At the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, artists will design facilities for visitors to the exhibition: Massimo Bartolini has been asked to redesign the educational space, Tobias Rehberger the bar/cafeteria, and Rirkrit Tiravanija the bookshop.

This year a record seventy-seven nations will be present in official national pavilions, including first-time participants Montenegro, Principality of Monaco, Republic of Gabon, Union of Comoros, and the United Arab Emirates. In addition, there are a record thirty-eight collateral events approved by the Biennale foundation.

Also announced was the jury for the Golden Lion award. The international jury will be chaired by Angela Vattese and will comprise Artforum editor-at-large Jack Bankowsky, scholars Homi K. Bhabha and Sarat Maharaj, and art critic Julia Voss.

This edition of the Biennale will take place from June 7–November 22, 2009. Below is a list of the participating artists for “Making Worlds”:
Jumana Emil Abboud (born Shefa-Amer, Palestine, 1971)
Georges Adéagbo (born Cotonou, Benin, 1942)
John Baldessari (born in National City, USA, 1931)
Rosa Barba (born in Agrigento, Italy, 1972)
Massimo Bartolini (born in Cecina, Italy, 1962)
Thomas Bayrle (born in Berlin, 1937)
Simone Berti (born in Adria, Italy, 1966)
Bestué/Vives (born in Barcelona, 1980; born in Barcelona, 1978)
Mike Bouchet (born in Castro Valley, California, 1970)
Ulla von Brandenburg (born in Karlsurhe, Germany, 1974)
André Cadere (Warsaw, 1934–Paris, 1978)
Paul Chan (born in Hong Kong, 1973)
Chen Zhen (Shanghai, 1955–Paris, 2000)
Nikhil Chopra (born in Calcutta, 1974)
Chu Yun (born in Jiangxi, China, 1977)
Tony Conrad (born in Concord, California, 1940)
Keren Cytter (born in Tel Aviv, 1977)
Nathalie Djurberg (born in Lysekil, Sweden, 1978)
Anju Dodiya (born in Mumbai, India, 1964)
Gino de Dominicis (Ancona, Italy, 1947–Rome, 1998)
Elena Elagina, Igor Makarevich (born in Moscow, 1949; born in Trialety, Georgia, 1943)
Öyvind Fahlström (Sao Paulo, 1928–Stockholm, 1976)
Lara Favaretto (born in Treviso, Italy, 1973)
Hans-Peter Feldmann (born in Düsseldorf, 1941)
Spencer Finch (born in New Haven, 1962)
Ceal Floyer (born in Karachi, Pakistan, 1968)
William Forsythe (born in New York, 1949)
Yona Friedman (born in Budapest, 1923)
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster (born in Strasbourg, France, 1965)
Sheela Gowda (born in Bhadravati, India, 1957)
Tamara Grcic (born in Munich, 1964)
Gutai (Akira Kanayama; Sadamasa Motonaga; Saburo Murakami; Shozo Shimamoto; Kazuo Shiraga; Atsuko Tanaka; Tsuruko Yamazaki; Jiro Yoshihara; Michio Yoshihara)
Guyton\Walker (born in Indiana, 1972; born in Georgia, 1969)
Gonkar Gyatso (born in Lhasa, Tibet, 1961)
Jan Häfström (born in Stockholm, 1937)
Anawana Haloba (born in Livingstone, Zambia, 1978)
Rachel Harrison (born in New York, 1966)
Susan Hefuna (born in Cairo, 1962)
Carsten Höller (born in Brussels, 1961)
Huang Yong Ping (born in Quanzhou, China, 1954)
Joan Jonas (born in New York, 1965)
Miranda July (born in Barre, Vermont, 1974)
Rachel Khedoori (born in Sydney, 1964)
Toba Khedoori (born in Sydney, 1964)
Koo Jeong A. (born in Seoul, 1967)
Moshekwa Langa (born in Bakenburg, South Africa, 1975)
Arto Lindsay (born in Richmond, Virginia, 1953)
Renata Lucas (born in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil, 1971)
Goshka Macuga (born in Warsaw, 1967)
Gordon Matta-Clark (New York, 1943–New York, 1978)
Cildo Meireles (born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1948)
Aleksandra Mir (born in Lubin, Poland, 1967)
Moscow Poetry Club
Yoko Ono (born in Tokyo, 1933)
Jorge Otero-Pailos (born in Madrid, 1971)
Blinky Palermo (Leipzig, Germany, 1943–Kurumba, Maldives, 1977)
Lygia Pape (Novo Friburgo, Brazil, 1927–Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2004)
Anna Parkina (born in Moscow, 1979)
Philippe Parreno (born in Oran, Algeria, 1964)
Pavel Pepperstein (born in Moscow, 1966)
Alessandro Pessoli (born in Cervia, Italy, 1963)
Falke Pisano (born in Amsterdam, 1978)
Michelangelo Pistoletto (born in Biella, Italy, 1933)
Att Poomtangon (born in Bangkok, 1973)
Marjetica Potrc (born in Ljubljana, Slovenia, 1953)
Sara Ramo (born in Madrid, 1975)
Tobias Rehberger (born in Esslingen, Germany, 1966)
Pietro Roccasalva (born in Modica, Italy, 1970)
Tomas Saraceno (born in Tucuman, Argentina, 1973)
Amy Simon (born in New York, 1957)
Simon Starling (born in Epsom, Great Britain, 1967)
Pascale Marthine Tayou (born in Cameroon, Africa, 1967)
Wolfgang Tillmans (born in Remscheid, Germany, 1968)
Rirkrit Tiravanija (born in Buenos Aires, 1961)
Grazia Toderi (born in Padua, Italy, 1963)
Madelon Vriesendorp (born in Bilthoven, The Netherlands, 1945)
Tian Tian Wang (born in Qingdao, China, 1980)
Richard Wentworth (born in Samoa, Oceania, 1947)
Pae White (born in Pasadena, California, 1963)
Cerith Wyn Evans & Florian Hecker (born in Llanelli, Wales, 1958; born in Augsburg, Germany, 1975)
Xu Tan (born in Wuhan, China, 1957)
Haegue Yang (born in Seoul, 1971)
Héctor Zamora (born in Mexico City, 1974)
Anya Zholud (born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, 1981)

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