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Fondazione Giorgio Cini presents “Archaeology of Silence,” an exhibition of new works by Kehinde Wiley, coinciding with the 59th Venice Biennale. The show, curated by Christophe Leribault, features a collection of recent and monumental paintings and sculptures portraying a series of prone Black bodies, using the language of the fallen hero—notably, Holbein’s Dead Christ in the Tomb—to lay bare the brutality of American and global colonial pasts. That, in Wiley’s words, is the archaeology he is unearthing: “The spectre of police violence and state control over the bodies of young Black and Brown people all over the world.” The poses of the vulnerable, borrowed from the annals of Western European art history, also speak to their resilience, functioning as monuments to endurance in the face of savagery, an endurance to the degree of iconography and sainthood.
The show, on view from April 23 to July 24, poignantly speaks to a vibrant career portraying African-American and African-Diasporic figures, challenging and subverting European and American art-historical narratives in the mediums of painting, sculpture, and video.
The Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Serbia presents Walking with Water, a solo exhibition of Vladimir Nikolic at the Serbia Pavilion.
Jakob Lena Knebl and Ashley Hans Scheirl will represent the Austria Pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale.
Artist Maria Eichhorn represents the Germany Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia through November 27.
Artists Arcangelo Sassolino, Giuseppe Schembri Bonaci and Brian Schembri represent the Malta Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia through November 27.
Artist Sonia Boyce represents the Great Britain Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia through November 27.
Artists Acaye Kerunen and Collin Sekajugo represent Uganda’s inaugural pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia through November 27.
Artist Zineb Sedira represents France at the 59th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia through November 27.
CSDCA presents "Angels Listening," an intimate and immersive exhibition of the works of Rachel Lee Hovnanian curated by Annalisa Bugliani.
For the first time in the over-120-year history of the Venice Biennale, a Roma artist, Małgorzata Mirga-Tas, is representing a national pavilion.