The Exhibition Il Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace) will be laid out in the Central Pavilion (Giardini) and in the Arsenale forming a single itinerary, with works spanning over the past century alongside several new commissions, including over 150 artists coming form 37 countries.

55th International Art Exhibition
Il Palazzo Enciclopedico


Curator: Massimiliano Gioni

The Exhibition draws inspiration from the model of a utopian dream by Marino Auriti who filed a design with the U.S. Patent office in 1955, depicting his Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace), an imaginary museum that was meant to house all worldly knowledge. Auriti planned the model of a 136-story building to be built in Washington, in that would stand 700 meters tall and take up over 16 blocks.

“Auriti’s plan was never carried out, of course – Massimiliano Gioni says – but the dream of universal, all-embracing knowledge crops up throughout the history of art and humanity, as one that eccentrics like Auriti share with many other artists, writers, scientists, and self-proclaimed prophets who have tried—often in vain—to fashion an image of the world that will capture its infinite variety and richness. Today, as we grapple with a constant flood of information, such attempts to structure knowledge into all-inclusive systems seem even more necessary and even more desperate.”

Artist List: 

Hilma af Klint

Born in 1862 in Solna, Sweden
Died in 1944 in Djursholm, Sweden
Victor Alimpiev
Born in 1973 in Moscow, Russia

Ellen Altfest
Born in 1970 in New York, USA

Pawel Althamer
Born in 1967 in Warsaw, PolandLevi Fisher Ames
Born in 1843 in Sullivan, USA
Died in 1923 in Monroe, USA

Yuri Ancarani
Born in 1972 in Ravenna, Italy

Carl Andre
Born in 1935 in Quincy, USAUri Aran
Born in 1977 in Jerusalem, Israel

Yüksel Arslan
Born in 1933 in Istanbul, Turkey

Ed Atkins
Born in 1982 in Oxford, UK
Marino Auriti
Born in 1891 in Guardiagrele, Italy
Died in 1980 in Kennett Square, USA
Enrico Baj
Born in 1924 in Milan, Italy
Died in 2003 in Vergiate, Italy
Miroslaw Balka
Born in 1958 in Warsaw, Poland
Phyllida Barlow
Born in 1944 in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Morton Bartlett
Born in 1909 in Chicago, USA
Died in 1992 in Boston, USA
Gianfranco Baruchello
Born in 1924 in Livorno, Italy

Hans Bellmer
Born in 1902 in Katowice, Poland
Died in 1975 in Paris, FranceNeïl Beloufa
Born in 1985 in Paris, France

Graphic Works of Southeast Asia and Melanesia, Hugo A. Bernatzik Collection 19321937
Stefan Bertalan
Born in 1930 in Racastie, Romania

Rossella Biscotti
Born in 1978 in Molfetta, Italy

Arthur Bispo do Rosário
Born in about 1910 in Japaratuba, Brazil
Died in 1989 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
John Bock
Born in 1965 in Gribbohm, Germany

Frédéric Bruly Bouabré
Born in 1923 in Zéprégüé, Ivory Coast

Geta Bratescu
Born in 1926 in Ploiesti, Romania

KP Brehmer
Born in 1938 in Berlin, Germany
Died in 1997 in Hamburg, Germany

James Lee Byars
Born in 1932 in Detroit, USA
Died in 1997 in Cairo, Egypt
Roger Caillois
Born in 1913 in Reims, France
Died in 1978 in Kremlin-Bicêtre, France

Varda Caivano
Born in 1971 in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Vlassis Caniaris
Born in 1928 in Athens, Greece
Died in 2011 in Athens, Greece
James Castle
Born in 1899 in Garden Valley, USA
Died in 1977 in Boise, USA
Alice Channer
Born in 1977 in Oxford, UK

George Condo
Born in 1957 in Concord, USA
Aleister Crowley and Frieda Harris
Born in 1875 in Royal Leamington Spa, UK
Died in 1947 in Hastings, UK
Born in 1877 in London, UK
Died in 1962 in Srinagar, India
Robert Crumb
Born in 1943 in Philadelphia, USA

Roberto Cuoghi
Born in 1973 in Modena, Italy
Enrico David
Born in 1966 in Ancona, Italy
Tacita Dean
Born in 1965 in Canterbury, UK

John De Andrea
Born in 1941 in Denver, USA

Thierry De Cordier
Born in 1954 in Ronse, Belgium

Jos De Gruyter and Harald Thys
Born in 1965 in Geel, Belgium
Born in 1966 in Wilrijk, Belgium
Walter De Maria
Born in 1935 in Albany, USA

Simon Denny
Born in 1982 in Auckland, New Zealand

Trisha Donnelly
Born in 1974 in Los Angeles, USA

Jimmie Durham
Born in 1940 in Washington, USA

Harun Farocki
Born in 1944 in Nový Jicín, Czech Republic

Peter Fischli & David Weiss
Born in 1952 in Zurich, Switzerland
Born in 1946 in Zurich, Switzerland
Died in 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland

Linda Fregni Nagler
Born in 1976 in Stockholm, Sweden
Peter Fritz
Died in 1992 in Vienna, Austria

Aurélien Froment
Born in 1976 in Angers, France
Phyllis Galembo
Born in 1952 in New York, USA
Norbert Ghisoland
Born in 1878 in La Bouverie, Belgium
Died in 1939 in Frameries, Belgium

Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi 
Born in 1942 in Merano, Italy
Born in 1942 in Lugo di Romagna, Italy
Domenico Gnoli
Born in 1933 in Rome, Italy
Died in 1970 in New York, USA

Robert Gober
Born in 1954 in Wallingford, USA

Tamar Guimarães and Kasper Akhøj
Born in 1967 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Born in 1976 in Copenhagen, Denmark
Guo Fengyi
Born in 1942 in Xi’an, China
Died in 2010 in Xi’an, China
João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva
Born in 1979 in Lisbon, Portugal
Born in 1977 in Lisbon, Portugal

Wade Guyton
Born in 1972 in Hammond, USA

Haitian Vodou Flags
Duane Hanson
Born in 1925 in Alexandria, USA
Died in 1996 in Boca Raton, USA

Sharon Hayes
Born in 1970 in Baltimore, USA
Camille Henrot
Born in 1978 in Paris, France

Daniel Hesidence
Born in 1975 in Akron, USA

Roger Hiorns
Born in 1975 in Birmingham, UK
Channa Horwitz
Born in 1932 in Los Angeles, USA
Jessica Jackson Hutchins
Born in 1971 in Chicago, USA
René Iché
Born in 1897 in Sallèles-d’Aude, France
Died in 1954 in Paris, France
Hans Josephsohn
Born in 1920 in Kaliningrad, Russia
Died in 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland
Kan Xuan
Born in 1972 in Xuancheng, China

Bouchra Khalili
Born in 1975 in Casablanca, Morocco

Ragnar Kjartansson
Born in 1976 in Reykjavík, Iceland

Eva Kotátková
Born in 1982 in Prague, Czech Republic

Evgenij Kozlov
Born in 1955 in St. Petersburg, Russia

Emma Kunz
Born in 1892 in Brittnau, Switzerland
Died in 1963 in Waldstatt, Switzerland

Maria Lassnig
Born in 1919 in Kappel am Krappfeld, Austria

Mark Leckey
Born in 1964 in Birkenhead, UK
Augustin Lesage
Born in 1876 in Saint-Pierre-les-Auchel, France 
Died in 1954 in Burbure, France

Lin Xue
Born in 1968 in Fujian, China

Herbert List
Born in 1903 in Hamburg, Germany
Died in 1975 in Munich, Germany
José Antonio Suárez Londoño
Born in 1955 in Medellín, Colombia
Sarah Lucas
Born in 1962 in London, UK
Helen Marten
Born in 1985 in Macclesfield, UK
Paul McCarthy
Born in 1945 in Salt Lake City, USA

Steve McQueen
Born in 1969 in London, UK
Prabhavathi Meppayil
Born in 1965 in Bangalore, India
Marisa Merz
Born in 1931 in Turin, Italy

Pierre Molinier
Born in 1900 in Agen, France
Died in 1976 in Bordeaux, France

Matthew Monahan
Born in 1972 in Eureka, USA

Laurent Montaron
Born in 1972 in Verneuil-sur-Avre, France

Melvin Moti
Born in 1977 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Matt Mullican
Born in 1951 in Santa Monica, USA

Ron Nagle
Born in 1939 in San Francisco, USA
Bruce Nauman
Born in 1941 in Fort Wayne, USAAlbert Oehlen
Born in 1954 in Krefeld, GermanyShinro Ohtake
Born in 1955 in Tokyo, JapanJ.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere
Born in 1930 in Ojomu Emai, Nigeria
Henrik Olesen
Born in 1967 in Esbjerg, Denmark
John Outterbridge
Born in 1933 in Greenville, USA
Paño Drawings
Marco Paolini
Born in 1956 in Belluno, Italy
Diego Perrone
Born in 1970 in Asti, Italy
Walter Pichler
Born in 1936 in Deutschnofen, Italy
Died in 2012 in Burgenland, Austria
Otto Piene
Born in 1928 in Bad Laasphe, GermanyEliot Porter
Born in 1901 in Winnetka, USA
Died in 1990 in Santa Fe, USA

Imran Qureshi
Born in 1972 in Hyderabad, Pakistan

Carol Rama
Born in 1918 in Turin, Italy

Charles Ray
Born in 1953 in Chicago, USA

James Richards
Born in 1983 in Cardiff, UK

Achilles G. Rizzoli
Born in 1896 in Marin County, USA
Died in 1981 in San Francisco, USA

Pamela Rosenkranz
Born in 1979 in Sils-Maria, Switzerland
Dieter Roth
Born in 1930 in Hanover, Germany
Died in 1998 in Basel, Switzerland

Viviane Sassen
Born in 1972 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Shinichi Sawada
Born in 1982 in Shiga, Japan

Hans Schärer
Born in 1927 in Bern, Switzerland
Died in 1997 in St. Niklausen, Switzerland
Karl Schenker
Born in Germany
Died in 1951/52, UK
Michael Schmidt
Born in 1945 in Berlin, Germany
Jean-Frédéric Schnyder
Born in 1945 in Basel, Switzerland
Friedrich Schröder-Sonnenstern
Born in 1892 in Jasnoje, Russia
Died in 1982 in Berlin, Germany
Tino Sehgal
Born in 1976 in London, UK

Richard Serra
Born in 1939 in San Francisco, USA

Shaker Gift Drawings
Jim Shaw
Born in 1952 in Midland, USA

Cindy Sherman
Born in 1954 in Glen Ridge, USA
Laurie Simmons and Allan McCollum
Born in 1949 in Long Island, USA
Born in 1944 in Los Angeles, USA

Drossos P. Skyllas
Born in 1912 in Kalymnos, Greece
Died in 1973 in Chicago, USA

Harry Smith
Born in 1923 in Portland, USA
Died in 1991 in New York, USA

Xul Solar
Born in 1887 in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died in 1963 in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Christiana Soulou
Born in 1961 in Athens, Greece

Eduard Spelterini
Born in 1852 in Bazenheid, Switzerland
Died in 1931 in Zipf, Austria

Rudolf Steiner
Born in 1861 in Donji Kraljevec, Croatia
Died in 1925 in Dornach, Switzerland
Hito Steyerl
Born in 1966 in Munich, Germany
Papa Ibra Tall
Born in 1935 in Tivaouane, Senegal
Dorothea Tanning
Born in 1910 in Galesburg, USA
Died in 2012 in New York, USA

Anonymous Tantric Paintings
Ryan Trecartin
Born in 1981 in Webster, USA

Rosemarie Trockel
Born in 1952 in Schwerte, Germany

Andra Ursuta
Born in 1979 in Salonta, Romania

Patrick Van Caeckenbergh
Born in 1960 in Aalst, Belgium

Stan VanDerBeek
Born in 1927 in New York, USA
Died in 1984 in Baltimore, USA
Erik van Lieshout
Born in 1968 in Deurne, The Netherlands

Danh Vo
Born in 1975 in Bà R?a–Vung Tàu Province, Vietnam

Eugene Von Bruenchenhein
Born in 1910 in Marinette, USA
Died in 1983 in Milwaukee, USA

Günter Weseler
Born in 1930 in Olsztyn, Poland

Jack Whitten
Born in 1939 in Bessemer, USA

Cathy Wilkes
Born in 1966 in Belfast, UK

Christopher Williams
Born in 1956 in Los Angeles, USA

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
Born in 1977 in London, UK

Kohei Yoshiyuki
Born in 1946 in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan

Sergey Zarva
Born in 1973 in Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine
Anna Zemánková
Born in 1908 in Olomouc, Czech Republic
Died in 1986 in Prague, Czech Republic
Jakub Julian Ziólkowski
Born in 1980 in Zamosc, Poland
Artur Zmijewski
Born in 1966 in Warsaw, Poland

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