Here are some fun facts about biennials, particularly the Venice Biennale, brought to you from the Guerrilla Girls.

PERCENTAGE OF WOMEN ARTISTS IN THE FIRST BIENNALE, 1895: 2.4%
PERCENTAGE OF WOMEN ARTISTS A CENTURY LATER, 1995: 9%

MORE COUNTRIES ARE REPRESENTED IN THE BIENNALE THIS YEAR THAN EVER BEFORE, BUT EXCEPT FOR EGYPT AND MOROCCO THE CONTINENT OF AFRICA IS M.I.A. (missing in art)

MUCHO MACHO BIENNALES:
1978 91% MEN
1986 90% MEN
1988 90% MEN
1995 91% MEN

THE FIRST WOMAN ARTIST TO HAVE HER OWN SHOW IN THE U.S. PAVILION WAS DIANE ARBUS, IN 1972. IT WASN’T UNTIL1990 THAT ANOTHER AMERICAN WOMAN HAD A SOLO SHOW.

THE UK GAVE ITS FIRST SOLO SHOW TO A WOMAN IN 1968, AND NOT AGAIN UNTIL 1997.

FRANCE FINALLY HAS ITS FIRST SOLO SHOW BY A WOMAN THIS YEAR.

MORE LATIN AMERICAN WOMEN HAVE REPRESENTED THEIR COUNTRIES THAN WOMEN FROM ANYWHERE ELSE. COUNTRIES THAT GAVE SOLO SHOWS TO WOMEN ARTISTS YEARS BEFORE FRANCE AND GERMANY: ARGENTINA, AUSTRALIA, BELGIUM, BOLIVIA, BRAZIL, COLOMBIA, CYPRUS, DENMARK, HUNGARY, IRELAND, ITALY, NORWAY, POLAND, PORTUGAL, AND VENEZUELA.

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