The 10 National Pavilions You Can’t Miss at the Venice Biennale

The 57th Biennale di Venezia
The 57th Biennale di Venezia | Photo Andrea Avezz˘. Courtesy la Biennale di Venezia

Art & Design Editor

Every two years the biggest international art festival takes place in the beautiful watery city of Venice. La Biennale di Venezia (Venice Biennale) takes over the Giardini, Arsenale and numerous offsite locations, to present 87 national pavilions to over 500,000 visitors. You can expect to be wowed by performance pieces, transfixed by sculptural interventions and entranced by video installations. With so much to see our Art & Design Editor, Freire Barnes has whittled the choice down to a manageable, yet enthralling pick of the ten best pavilions that you must see this year.

Ai Wei Wei with Tehching Hsieh at ‘Doing Time’, 2017

1. Scotland


1. Scotland
Courtesy Scotland + Venice. Photo Patrick Rafferty
Rachel Maclean’s exploration into the dystopian realms of the folkloric, subverts the Italian children’s story The Adventures of Pinocchio into a modern day recurring nightmare for Scotland’s 2017 pavilion. Inside the deconsecrated church of Santa Caterina, Spite Your Faceparodies the desire of greed and the allure of false advertising in a fascinatingly scary looping film.

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