Just as Pope Francis begins his tenure at the head of the Catholic Church, the announcement comes that the Vatican will finally have its own pavilion at the Venice Biennale. The pavilion's group exhibition, called "Encyclopedic Palace," inspired by the work of Italian-American artist Marino Auriti, will feature a variety of works secular and non- by artists like Richard Serra and Bruce Nauman, as well as a "show-within-a-show" curated by Cindy Sherman, reports Bloomberg.
The exhibition will be themed around the First Book of Genesis, from creation to the Tower of Babel, said Biennale president Paolo Baratta. A full list of the participating artists will be announced in the coming weeks. The pavilion, which represents the Vatican's first contribution to the Biennale, will be located next Argentina's, in the Arsenale section.