February 28, 2024

Venice Biennale 2024

We are pleased to announce that Corita Kent will be included in the Holy See Pavilion as part of the 60th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, which will take place from April 20 to November 24, 2024.

Cardinal José Tolentino de Mendonça, Commissioner and Prefect of the Dicastery for Culture and Education of the Vatican, has appointed Chiara Parisi and Bruno Racine as the pavilion curators. The title of the exhibition, With My Eyes, refers to a sonnet by Shakespeare and echoes the Book of Job.

Focusing on the theme of human rights and the diverse experiences of marginalized communities, the pavilion will be presented on Giudecca Island at the Casa di Reclusione Femminile, in collaboration with the Department of Prison Administration of the Ministry of Justice. The pavilion is located on a 12th-century historical site, which was transformed into a women's prison in 1859.  In this extraordinary context, the Holy See Pavilion represents a site of artistic dialogue that goes beyond the Venice Biennale’s usual exhibition boundaries, intending to cultivate a culture of encounter, a central theme to Pope Francis’ Magisterium.

Alongside works by Corita Kent, the pavilion will include contributions from internationally renowned artists Maurizio Cattelan, Bintou Dembélé, Simone Fattal, Claire Fontaine, Sonia Gomes, Marco Perego & Zoe Saldana, and Claire Tabouret, with a special contribution from Hans Ulrich Obrist. Bringing together artists and poets alongside the women’s prison inmates and staff, the project aims to create a constellation of unique artistic experiences and practices.

The Holy See Pavilion is one of ninety national presentations taking place at the Giardini, the Arsenale, and throughout the city of Venice. More information about the 60th Venice Biennale here.

An official press conference will take place in early March at the Holy See Press Office, where more details about this exciting project will be unveiled.  

Corita Kent, e eye love, 1968, serigraph, 22 3/4 × 22 3/4 inches © 2024, Corita Art Center