Venice Art Biennale

13th May 2017 - 26th November 2017 | Venice, Italy


About Venice Art Biennale

The Art Biennale in Venice is one of the world’s most famous modern art exhibitions. Held at the Giardini Park since 1895, this large-scale exhibition takes place every two years. One of its defining features is that the Giardini contains thirty national pavilions, each owned by a different country. During the Art Biennale, each country curates its own exhibition within its pavilion. The Biennale has been involved in its fair share of controversy: famously, works by Picasso were removed by the organisers due to the fear that they would shock the public. This year’s event, entitled ‘Viva Arte Viva’ by its temporary curator, Christine Macel, focuses on the preciousness of art in a world full of conflict. 

Helpful information about Venice Art Biennale

The Venice Art Biennale is a six-month event taking place from 13th May to 26th November 2017. The exhibition takes place in the Napoleonic Giardini Park which contains the Central Pavilion together with the 29 National Pavilions. Exhibitions will also be held in the park’s Arsenale building. The exhibition is open from 10am to 6pm with extended opening until 8pm at the Arsenale on weekends until the end of September. The exhibition is closed on Mondays except on 15th May, 14th August, 4th September, 30th October and 20th November. General admission costs €25 and there are discounts for group bookings and those eligible for concessions. You can buy your tickets at the official Biennale website

Making the most of Venice Art Biennale

There are plenty of events taking place as part of the Biennale during its six-month duration. Just announced is the ‘Open Table’ (Tavola Aperta) lunch which is when the artists eat together with the public once a week to discuss the artist’s works and creative process. Check out the official website for more details of the events taking place during the Biennale. 

Where to stay in Venice for Venice Art Biennale

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Things to do near Venice Art Biennale

If you’re travelling to Venice for the Biennale, you’ll find plenty of things to see and do in one of the world’s most famous cities, such as: St. Mark’s Square, Doges’ Palace and the Palazzo Labia. No visit to Venice is complete without a boat trip up the Canal Grande.

More information about Venice Art Biennale

To find out more information about the event, please check out the Biennale official website where you’ll be able to download the complete programme, find out who is exhibiting and learn more about the history of Biennale pavilions.

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