They refused to open the Israeli platform of the Venice Biennale until a ceasefire was established

The artists and curators representing Israel at this year's Venice Biennale announced on Tuesday that they will open an exhibition in the Israeli pavilion once a ceasefire and hostage-free agreement are reached in Gaza. Their decision was posted on a sign in Israel's national pavilion on the first day of press screenings, just days before the biennale's contemporary art exhibition opens on Saturday.

Israel is among the 88 national participants in the 60th Venice Biennale, from April 20 to November 24. Artist Ruth Patir's Israel National Pavilion exhibition was named "Homeland."