History of the Dutch Pavilion

Dutch Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale
May 23, 2013 7:07PM

The Netherlands has been almost continuously represented at the Venice Biennale since its origin in 1895. In the beginning, the Dutch exhibited in the general exhibition hall; however in 1913 the Netherlands took over the Swedish pavilion and used this until 1952. In 1953 the architect Gerrit Rietveld was commissioned by the Dutch government to design a new and permanent pavilion in the Giardini di Castello. To this day, this pavilion accommodates the Dutch entry at the Venice Biennale.

Photo: Dutch pavilion by Jan Versnel, courtesy of Stichting Rietveldpaviljoen Venetië.

Dutch Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale