Cathy Wilkes has been selected to represent Great Britain at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, with a major exhibition of new work.

Wilkes is the 22nd artist to present a solo exhibition in the British Pavilion. Her exhibition will be made entirely of new work, including sculptural installations, object arrangements and paintings, which will flow from room to room.

In the short film above, members of the British Pavilion Selection Committee 2019 tell us more about Wilkes and her work. 

Since the late 1990s, Glasgow-based Wilkes (b. 1966, Dundonald, Belfast) has built a considerable reputation for sculptural installations of profound and mysterious intensity. The artist experiments with all kinds of media and materials, and collects treasures and ingredients. Her work recalls emergent visions of interiors and places of loss, and meditates on the nature of love and the coexistence of life and death.

The fierce integrity of her work is widely acknowledged and, in 2016, she was awarded the inaugural Maria Lassnig Prize – a prestigious honour to recognise the achievements of mid-career artists.

Wilkes’ British Pavilion exhibition will be curated by Dr Zoé Whitley, Curator, Tate Modern.

'We are excited to present a completely new body of work by Cathy Wilkes. Her inventiveness, curiosity and unique thinking have produced something as ambitious as it is captivating.' – Dr Zoé Whitley, Curator

The exhibition runs from 11 May – 24 November 2019.

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