German Pavilion at the Biennale di Venezia

On behalf of the Federal Foreign Office, the ifa has been coordinating and implementing the national contribution of the Federal Republic of Germany at the Venice Art Biennale since 1971.

The German Pavilion at the Biennale di Venezia has shown the works of artists such as Gerhard Richter, Joseph Beuys, Hanne Darboven, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Katharina Fritsch, Rosemarie Trockel, Martin Kippenberger, Candida Höfer, Tino Sehgal, Isa Genzken, Ai Weiwei and Hito Steyerl.

The contribution of the German Pavilion has already won the Golden Lion for the best national contribution six times: in 1984 Lothar Baumgarten / A.R. Penck (commissioner: Johannes Cladders), in 1986 Sigmar Polke (commissioner: Dierk Stemmler), in 1993 Hans Haacke / Nam June Paik (commissioner: Klaus Bussmann), in 2001 Gregor Schneider (commissioner: Udo Kittelmann), in 2011 Christoph Schlingensief (curator: Susanne Gaensheimer) and in 2017 Anne Imhof (curator: Susanne Pfeffer).

The German Pavilion 2022

New dates: The International Art Exhibition has been postponed and will be held in 2022.

Yilmaz Dziewior is the curator of the official German contribution to the 59th Venice Biennale 2022. Ulrich Raulff, President of ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen), said on the occasion of the appointment by Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, "Yilmaz Dziewior is an internationally acclaimed, innovative curator who addresses current issues of the contemporary world and develops exhibitions which open up new perspectives on art, thanks to their experimental and interdisciplinary approach. We're delighted about this excellent choice and look forward to good cooperation with him". 


Dr. Yilmaz Dziewior has been Director of the Museum Ludwig in Cologne since 2015. He was Director of the Kunstverein Hamburg from 2001-2008 and Director of the Kunsthaus Bregenz from 2009-2015 and has worked as a freelance curator on a number of art projects.

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The German Pavilion 2019

How can community beyond totalitarian unity and uniformity be thought of? The curator Franciska Zólyom takes up a position for the reflection on such questions that activates aesthetic research in concrete social contexts, yet not only analyses or comments on social, ecological or political conditions, but also seeks to shape these. She has selected the artist Natascha Sadr Haghighian, who plays with and questions identities, and for the purposes of the German contribution calls herself Natascha Süder Happelmann. Natascha Süder Happelmann unfolds the poetic, imaginary and critical potential of art and encounters attempts to interpret it hastily with an amiable multiformity. Her work is articulated in text, image, space and sound. Her voice is full of advocacy when she raises an objection. In her art, she creates a strong presence in order to take a back seat in acting and speaking with others as an amplifier. She works chiefly with installations and performatively. She addresses the collective and transdisciplinary aspect of artistic work through collective processes. For example, six musicians of different musical traditions and styles created contributions on the whistle for the sound installation 'tribute to whistle'. The rhythms and sounds can be heard in constantly shifting, ever-changing overlapping constellations. Three videos by Natascha Süder Happelmann mark the stages on the way to a transit camp. They bear witness to places such as transit camps in Bavaria and link them with tomato plantations in Apulia and the rescue ship Iuventa, which is stuck in the customs port of Trapani.


The art historian Franciska Zólyom has been the director of the Leipzig Gallery for Contemporary Art since 2012. From 1997 to 1999 she was curator at the Museum Ludwig Budapest. After a scholarship at the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum for Contemporary Art in Berlin, she headed the Institute of Contemporary Art in Dunaújváros.