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British Pavilion

Mike Nelson

PreviousExplore Timeline Mike Nelson is the first installation artist to be invited to conceive and create a new work in the British Pavilion for the 54th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. Nelson will be working in Venice for a period of three months and the completed work will be launched during the official press days (vernissage) on 1st, 2nd and 3rd June, and open to the public for the duration of the exhibition from 4th June – 27th November 2011.

'The attention to detail, historical accuracy and physical nature of Mike Nelson's sculptural practice guarantee that his new installation for the British Pavilion will be one of the most challenging solo presentations ever mounted in over 70 years of exhibitions organised by the British Council in Venice.' Richard Riley, Curator of the British Pavilion, 2011

The UK's presentation at the Venice Biennale is selected by a panel of arts experts drawn from across the UK. The members of this panel change for every edition of the Biennale. For the 2011 Venice Biennale, the Selection Committee consisted of:

•Andrea Rose, Director of Visual Arts, British Council (Chair)
•Rachel Campbell-Johnson, Art Critic, The Times
•Christoph Grunenberg, Director Tate Liverpool
•Nav Haq, Curator, Arnolfini, Bristol
•Keith Hartley, Senior Curator, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
•Hugh Mulholland, Director, The Third Space Gallery, Belfast
•Karen McKinnon, Curator, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea
•Richard Riley, Head of Exhibitions, Visual Arts, British Council
•Ralph Rugoff, Director, Hayward Gallery, London
•Godfrey Worsdale, Director, BALTIC, Gateshead

Commissioner for the British Pavilion 2011: Andrea Rose

Curator for the British Pavilion 2011: Richard Riley

For more information, please contact Claire Walsh, Michelangelo Bendandi, Damian Chandler on 020 7389 4981 or email

Mike Nelson is represented in the UK by Matt's Gallery, London.
For enquiries, please contact or phone 020 8983 1771.
For further information about the gallery, please visit
He is represented internationally by Galleria Franco Noero, Turin (
and 303 Gallery, New York (

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