The Crème de la Crème of International Contemporary Art Descend of Venice for Biennale.
As Milan’s tenure as host city for Expo 2015 gets underway, so too Venice prepares itself for the grand unveiling of its prestigious Biennale di Venezia, an internationally-renowned modern art exhibition described by some as the ‘Olympics of Contemporary Art’. Entitled ‘All the World’s Futures’, the 56th edition of the Biennale sees over 136 artists from 53 different countries have their work showcased to the masses, many of whom for the first time. Indeed, some 150 works on display have been created especially for the Biennale and thus will never before have been seen in public. And paying homage to the Biennale’s 120-year history, the works on display are not limited to a purely artistic genre, moreover they encompass the show’s multi-faceted credentials, with a nod also to dance, theatre, architecture, music and theatre.
As well as individually recognised artists, there’s also 89 ‘national participations’ with countries such as Mauritius, Mongolia, Grenada, the Seychelles and Mozambique dipping their artistic toe for the first time in Venetian waters, alongside the more established nations which have exhibited at the Biennale since the very beginning. There’s even an exhibition put together by the Holy See.
The Biennale predominantly takes place across two principal Venetian settings: the Giardini della Biennale is the traditional venue for the Biennale since 1895 and it’s here you’ll find the central pavilion alongside 29 national pavilions from Japan, Australia (opened yesterday by Cate Blanchett), France, Brazil, Great Britain (represented this year by Sarah Lucas with her exhibition, ‘I Scream Daddio’), Israel, Finland, Austria and the USA, amongst others. Secondly, there’s the historic Arsenale, dating back to the 12th century and in its heyday, the world’s largest shipyard. You’ll also find however ‘collateral events’ taking place across the city.
The Biennale opened to the public May 9th and runs throughout the summer and autumn months until November 22nd. A ticket costs 25€ per adult (20€ seniors, 15€ students) and covers entrance to the two main sites – Giardini and Arsenale. Closed Mondays, the Biennale is otherwise open from 10am until 6pm daily. For full details of the event, visit the website here.