Artists Announced for Massimiliano Gioni’s Not-So-Encyclopedic Venice Biennale Exhibition 1 June - 24 November 2013


Today the Venice Biennale released the rather epic list (see below) of artists who will participated in curator Massimiliano Gioni's exhibition "The Encyclopedic Palace," which is slated to run from June 1 through November 24 and, despite its title, is dominated by the same American and European artists you'll encounter at most major international shows of contemporary art. "With works spanning over the past century alongside several new commissions," Gioni writes in his introduction, "and with over one hundred and fifty artists from more than thirty-seven countries, the exhibition is structured like a temporary museum that initiates an inquiry into the many ways in which images have been used to organize knowledge and shape our experience of the world."

The exhibition's title and theme were inspired by Italian-American artist Marino Auriti, who conceived of an encyclopedic museum of world culture in Washington, D.C. that would be 136 stories tall with a 16 block footprint, and called the "Palazzo Enciclopedico" (or "Encyclopedic Palace"). Though he spent years working on a model for the enormous structure in his home in rural Pennsylvania - and filed a patent application for it with the U.S. Patent office - Auriti's palace, as you may have guessed, was never built.

Gioni sees such "delusions of omniscience, shed light on the constant challenge of reconciling the self with the universe, the subjective with the collective, the specific with the general, the individual with the culture of her time." In our contemporary situation of sensory overload and data deluge, the curator considers "such attempts to structure knowledge into all-inclusive systems seem even more necessary and even more desperate."

The list of participating artists includes a who's-who of contemporary American heavyweights -NaumanCondoShermanMcCarthyde MariaGuytonSerraTrecartin, and so on - a similarly comprehensive cross-section of major European artists - including Fischli & Weiss,KjartanssonSarah LucasSteve McQueen, and Sehgal - a select few from other regions - four artists each from Africa and South America, and nine from Asia (so much for being encyclopedic) - and historical artifacts like Haitian Vodou flags, Shaker gift drawings, and anonymous Tantric paintings. As GalleristNY notes, the number of artists in the exhibition who've recently shown at the New Museum - where Gioni is the associate director and a curator - is conspicuous, though not entirely surprising.


The full list is below:


Hilma af Klint

Victor Alimpiev

Ellen Altfest

Pawel Althamer
Levi Fisher Ames

Yuri Ancarani

Carl Andre
Uri Aran

Yüksel Arslan

Ed Atkins
Marino Auriti
Enrico Baj
Miroslaw Balka
Phyllida Barlow

Morton Bartlett
Gianfranco Baruchello

Hans Bellmer
Neïl Beloufa

Graphic Works of Southeast Asia and Melanesia, Hugo A. Bernatzik Collection 1932
Stefan Bertalan

Rossella Biscotti
Arthur Bispo do Rosário
John Bock

Frédéric Bruly Bouabré

Geta Bratescu

KP Brehmer

James Lee Byars
Roger Caillois
Varda Caivano

Vlassis Caniaris
James Castle
Alice Channer

George Condo
Aleister Crowley and Frieda Harris
Robert Crumb

Roberto Cuoghi
Enrico David
Tacita Dean
John De Andrea
Thierry De Cordier

Jos De Gruyter and Harald Thys
Walter De Maria
Simon Denny
Trisha Donnelly
Jimmie Durham
Harun Farocki
Peter Fischli & David Weiss
Linda Fregni Nagler
Peter Fritz
Aurélien Froment
Phyllis Galembo
Norbert Ghisoland
Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi 

Domenico Gnoli
Robert Gober
Tamar Guimarães and Kasper Akhøj
Guo Fengyi
João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva
Wade Guyton
Haitian Vodou Flags

Duane Hanson
Sharon Hayes
Camille Henrot
Daniel Hesidence
Roger Hiorns
Channa Horwitz
Jessica Jackson Hutchins
René Iché
Hans Josephsohn
Kan Xuan
Bouchra Khalili
Ragnar Kjartansson
Eva Kotátková
Evgenij Kozlov
Emma Kunz
Maria Lassnig
Mark Leckey
Augustin Lesage
Lin Xue
Herbert List
José Antonio Suárez Londoño
Sarah Lucas
Helen Marten
Paul McCarthy
Steve McQueen
Prabhavathi Meppayil
Marisa Merz
Pierre Molinier
Matthew Monahan
Laurent Montaron
Melvin Moti
Matt Mullican
Ron Nagle
Bruce Nauman
Albert Oehlen
Shinro Ohtake
J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere
Henrik Olesen
John Outterbridge
Paño Drawings
Marco Paolini
Diego Perrone
Walter Pichler
Otto Piene
Eliot Porter
Imran Qureshi
Carol Rama

Charles Ray
James Richards
Achilles G. Rizzoli
Pamela Rosenkranz
Dieter Roth
Viviane Sassen
Shinichi Sawada
Hans Schärer
Karl Schenker
Michael Schmidt
Jean-Frédéric Schnyder
Friedrich Schröder-Sonnenstern
Tino Sehgal
Richard Serra
Shaker Gift Drawings
Jim Shaw

Cindy Sherman
Laurie Simmons and Allan McCollum
Drossos P. Skyllas
Harry Smith
Xul Solar
Christiana Soulou
Eduard Spelterini
Rudolf Steiner
Hito Steyerl
Papa Ibra Tall
Dorothea Tanning
Anonymous Tantric Paintings
Ryan Trecartin

Rosemarie Trockel

Andra Ursuta
Patrick Van Caeckenbergh
Stan VanDerBeek
Erik van Lieshout
Danh Vo

Eugene Von Bruenchenhein
Günter Weseler
Jack Whitten
Cathy Wilkes

Christopher Williams

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
Kohei Yoshiyuki

Sergey Zarva
Anna Zemánková
Jakub Julian Ziólkowski
Artur Zmijewski

"The Encyclopedic Palace" runs June 1-November 24 at the Giardini and the Arsenale.


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