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Joseph Koudelka
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Venice for the first time: this year’s debut pavilions

The 55th Venice Biennale sees ten national pavilions making an appearance for the first time, including the Golden Lion-winning Angola pavilion, the Maldives’ critique of environmental orthodoxies and The Holy See’s headline grabbing debut. Together, they tell of disappearance, natural disaster and genocide.

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Akeel Khreef 1
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Iraq in Venice: “This really is opening up the Iraqi art world”

For only the second time, Iraq has a national representation at the Venice Biennale. Curated by Ikon Gallery Director Jonathan Watkins, what sets it apart from the 2011 pavilion is that all the artists featured still live and work in the country. S Mark Gubb takes a look at the work on show and finds out how you pull off an exhibition from a country that has no curators, and of which curators on the outside know nothing about.

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Venice review: The Encyclopedic Palace at Arsenale and Giardini

S Mark Gubb, one of 23 artists who received a Venice Go and see bursary from a-n to visit the Biennale during the preview period, reviews The Encyclopedic Palace exhibition at the Arsenale and Giardini – and pops his head in at a few national pavilions, including Jeremy Deller’s English Magic show.

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Stefanos Tsivopoulos
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Venice Biennale: a selective process

The Venice Biennale is the world’s biggest and most important international art event. But how do the exhibiting artists get chosen to represent their country at the national pavilions or collateral exhibitions and how does the process differ from one country to the next? We take a look and find that, although in differing forms, the open call is becoming increasingly popular.

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