December 6, 2017

Closing thoughts from 2017 Commissioner Alastair Carruthers

The exhibition Lisa Reihana: Emissaries has now closed in Venice, but its impact will continue through presentations over the next two years in numerous major public galleries across the world. The demand to present Lisa Reihana’s work doesn’t surprise me. From the […]
November 30, 2017


Lisa Reihana’s cinematic reimaging of Dufour et Cie’s wallpaper Les Sauvages de la mer Pacifique, 1804–5, has left visitors amazed, mesmerized and touched. Throughout my time at the Biennale, I’ve spoken with a few visitors who have connected with Reihana’s […]
November 2, 2017

Biennale Arte 2019: New Zealand’s artist and curators announced

The Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa is pleased to announce Dane Mitchell as New Zealand’s artist for the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia in 2019. The council is also pleased to announce Dr Zara […]
October 13, 2017

A lesson in empathy: South Africa at Venice

Visiting Biennale Arte 2017 is an exhausting pursuit. With over 77 artists in the central pavilion and 24 national pavilions at the Arsenale alone – many of these works lengthy video installations – I am not surprised that when people […]
September 29, 2017

Quite moments of reflection

Zoe Hoeberigs, one of our Exhibition Attendants for Lisa Reihana: Emissaries blogs (below) about some of the moving image artworks she experienced during her six weeks at the Biennale. Moving image is a popular medium for Biennale Arte 2017. After […]
September 11, 2017

Commissioner announced for Biennale Arte 2019

Dame Jenny Gibbs DNZM has been appointed Commissioner for New Zealand’s presentation at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia by the Arts Council. Arts Council Chair Michael Moynahan says that as a venerated arts patron and […]