Island of Giudecca in Venice.

Launch of Giudecca Art District, Featuring Three National Pavilions, to Coincide with Fifty-Eighth Venice Biennale

Eleven galleries—including Studiolacitta, Chiesa delle Zitelle, Starak Foundation, Spazio Bullo, Spazio Raunich, and Spazio Silos—and the national pavilions of Estonia, Iceland, and Nigeria will inaugurate Venice’s Giudecca Art District in May. Five more galleries that will open on Giudecca island will be announced next month. Giudecca Art District is being promoted as the city’s first permanent art quarter and will host more than twenty exhibitions with work by sixty international artists—including Aleksandra Karpowicz and October! Collective—during the Biennale. It will also inaugurate a new space called the Giudecca Art District Gallery and Garden.

The island was the site of Marina Abramović’s first performance, Relation in Space, in 1976. Ai Weiwei’s 2013 Biennale exhibition, “Disposition,” also took place on Giudecca, at the island’s Zuecca Project Space.

Pier Paolo Scelsi, codirector of the Giudecca Art District with fellow Venice-based art director Valentina Gioia Levy, told Artnews: “The island of Giudecca has an incredible legacy as a platform for nurturing contemporary art and we are thrilled to placing all of its current galleries and future projects under one umbrella of Giudecca Art District. We want to give Venice back to Venetians and art lovers around the world by creating one united art quarter that is a go-to destination for anyone visiting the city.”