Venice Bienalle – Modern Contemporary Design in Italy – With contemporary art in the Arsenale and swathes of parties in palazzos, the Venice Bienalle takes place from 1st June to 24th November. Highlights of the 55th International Art Exhibition include not only the national pavilions in the Giardini but also the Prada Foundation’s recreation of the 1969 exhibition Live in Your Head at the Ca’ Corner della Regina, Axel Vervoordt’s Tàpies Lo Sguardo Dell’ Artista at the Palazzo Fortuny and Rudolf Singel at Palazzo Grassi.
In addition to the Biennale itself there are numerous exhibitions taking place around the city that are absolute must-sees. Prima Materia, a curatorial effort from Michael Govan and Caroline Bourgeois of approximately 80 works from the Pinault Collection, is on view at Punta della Dogana and should be at the top of everyone’s list. It really is a pleasure to walk around this show—highlights include the mini-solos by Theaster Gates and Thomas Schutte, and the display of Mono-Ha and Arte Povera artists in conversation. Afterwards, hop on a vaporetto to Rudolf Stingel at Palazzo Grassi. I haven’t met a single person who wasn’t blown away by this sumptuous monographic exhibition. Palazzo Grassi is also screening films by Anri Sala, Loris Greaud and Philippe Parreno.
The Venice Biennale has for over a century been one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world. Established in 1895, the Biennale has an attendance today of over 370,000 visitors at the Art Exhibition.
The history of the Venice Biennale dates back from 1895, when the first International Art Exhibition was organized. In the 1930s new festivals were born: Music, Cinema, and Theatre (the Venice Film Festival in 1932 was the first film festival ever organized). In 1980 the first Intl. Architecture Exhibition took place, and in 1999 Dance made its debut at the Venice Biennale.
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