The official Canadian representation at the Venice Biennale is made possible through the generous financial support of private philanthropists and corporations from Canada and abroad. Learn more
Congratulations Stan Douglas on being selected to represent Canada at the Venice Biennale 2022!
La Biennale di Venezia is the oldest and most important curated contemporary art event in the world – a place where art, ideas, museums, markets and international diplomacy intersect. With international visitor attendance levels of well over half a million per season, this prestigious event offers Canadian artists unparalleled exposure to the world’s top contemporary curators, collectors, dealers, arts writers, influencers and other artists.
The Venice Biennale is the only international visual arts exhibition to which Canada sends official representation. Artists showing at the Biennale raise their global profile and, by association, that of Canada and Canadian artists.
• 618,378 visitors from around the world visited the Venice Biennale in 2019!
• 750,000 visitors to the Canada Pavilion in 2017 and 2019!
• $5 million raised to support Canadian artists in Venice
Learn more about the National Gallery’s participation in the Venice Biennale.
You can play a vital role to support Canadian representation at the Venice Biennale!
Ensures that Canada’s artists have opportunities at the highest level to share their work on a global stage
Showcases Canada’s finest artists in the world’s most important visual arts arena
There are two ways to support Canadian artists in Venice
Canadian Artists in Venice Endowment – established to provide long-term financial stability to Canadian representation at the Venice Biennale
Canadian Artists in Venice Exhibition Fund 2022 – raises funds to support the specific artists chosen to represent Canada in the Canada Pavilion at the Biennale
The Canadian Artists in Venice Endowment Fund
Established with founding gifts from the Michael & Sonja Koerner Family, the Donald R. Sobey Family and the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation, The Canadian Artists in Venice Endowment Fund provides vital financial support to Canadian Artists representing Canada at La Biennale di Venezia.
The National Gallery of Canada and the National Gallery of Canada Foundation is actively building a broad network of philanthropists working shoulder to shoulder to build this ambitious and important endowment to its goal of $10 million. We are more than half way to that goal! Join us to celebrate the work of Canadian artists on the world stage!
The Canadian Artists in Venice Exhibition Fund 2022
Join an extraordinary group of Canadian philanthropists who are dedicated to bringing Canadian art to the world stage at the 59th Edition of the Venice Biennale and for years to come. Your gift can directly support Stan Douglas’s project at the Venice Biennale.
Capital naming opportunities at the National Gallery of Canada are available in recognition of major gifts to these initiatives.
To explore your interest in support Canadian Art on the world stage, please contact:
CEO, National Gallery of Canada Foundation
The exhibitions on view at the Canada Pavilion are commissioned by the National Gallery of Canada and are produced in partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts.
The Canadian representation at the Venice Biennale is made possible through the Canadian Artists in Venice Endowment and with the generous financial support of Presenting Sponsor Royal Bank of Canada (RBC).
Special thanks to the Michael & Sonja Koerner Family, the Donald R. Sobey Family, and The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation for their exceptional contributions to the Canadian Artists in Venice Endowment, and to Reesa Greenberg, whose generous financial support funded the restoration of the Canada Pavilion.