As the opening of this year's 55th Venice Biennale approaches, many countries have already released the names of the artists who will be featured in their national pavilions. The Biennale, which runs from June 1st to Nov. 24th, 2013, takes place at the Giardini and at the Arsenale, as well as other venues around Venice.

At least eight countries, including the Bahamas, Bahrain, Ivory Coast, Kosovo, Kuwait, the Maldives, Nigeria and Paraguay, will be welcomed as first time exhibitors. Here are the countries and their representative artists that have been announced thus far:

Argentina, Nicola Constantino

Australia, Simryn Gill

Austria, Mathias Poledna

Bahamas, Tavares Strachan

Belgium, Berlinde De Bruyckere

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mladen Miljanovic

Britain, Jeremy Deller

Canada, Shary Boyle

Central Asia, Vyacheslav Akhunov, Sergey Chutkov, Saodat Ismailova, Kamilla Kurmanbekova, Ikuru Kuwajima, Anton Rodin, Aza Shade, Erlan Tuyakov

Chile, Alfredo Jaar

Denmark, Jesper Just

Estonia, Denes Farkas

Finland, Terike Haapoja, Antti Laitinen

France, Anri Sala

Germany, Ai Weiwei, Dayanita Singh, Santu Mofokeng, Romauld Karmakar

Greece, Stefanos Tsivopoulos

Hong Kong, Lee Kit

Iceland, Katrin Sigurdardottir

Indonesia, Albert Yohan, Sri Astari, Eko Nugroho, Entang Witarso, Titarubi

Iraq, group exhibition

Ireland, Richard Mosse

Israel, Gilad Ratman

Italy, Francesco Arena, Massimo Bartolini, Gianfranco Baruchello, Elisabetta Benassi, Flavio Favelli, Luigi Ghirri, Piero Golia, Francesca Grilli, Marcello Maloberti, Fabio Mauri, Giulio Paolini, Marco Tirelli, Luca Vitone, Sislej Xhafa 

Japan, Koki Tanaka

Korea, Republic of, group exhibition

Kosovo, Petrit Halilaj

Latvia, Kaspars Podnieks, Krišs Salmanis

Lebanon, Akram Zaatari

Lithuania, Raimundas Malašauskas

Netherlands, Mark Manders

New Zealand, Bill Culbert

Norway, Edward Munch and Lene Berg

Palestine, Bashir Makhoul, Aissa Deebi       

Portugal, Joana Vasconcelos

Russia, Vadim Zakharov

Scotland, Duncan Campbell, Corin Sworn, Hayley Tompkins

South Korea, group exhibition

Spain, Lara Almarcegui

Switzerland, Valentin Carron

Taiwan, Bernd Behr, Hsu Chia-wei, Katerina Seda

Turkey, Ali Kazma

United Arab Emirates, Mohammed Kazem

United Kingdom, Jeremy Deller

United States, Sarah Sze

Uruguay, Wifredo Diaz Valdez         

Wales, Bedwyr Williams