Biennale di Arte 2019: Tips on How to Visit World's Most Important Art Event in Venice

Venice is certainly a place worth visiting even when nothing special is on. Venice as such is special enough.


Ponte dell'Accademia Venice Italy
Ponte dell'Accademia, one of only four opportunities to cross the Canale Grande walking, advertising for this year's mega-event.

However, the Biennials are adding some contemporary suspense and glamour to all the shiny renaissance the Doges left behind, and this summer, the 58th Biennale di Arte is on.


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Tips on How to Visit



Venice and Me


I’ve always loved Venice: After a horrific ride I’d spent standing in a packed, hot public bus taking me from the Aeroporto Marco Polo to the capital of the Veneto, I set foot on the Piazzale Roma – and was overwhelmed and in everlasting love.


Venice Italy Canale Grande
Row, row, row the boat....iconic gondolas on the Canale Grande.

This city, built on steels, that, despite its modest size, used to rule major parts of Europe, is just so unique; and, of course, beautiful.

So, yes, I don’t really need a special occasion to keep coming back.
Meanwhile, I’m not taking the horrific bus anymore; today, there are far better options at a still okay price.

However, every time I set foot on Piazzale Roma, which has developed so much over the decades since I arrived there for the first time, I’m overwhelmed with awe and joy.


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The Biennale and Me


I don’t need a special occasion, nonetheless, lately, I’ve been coming back only on special occasions, namely the Biennale di Arte, the art biennial, which, obviously, takes place every two years.

Before I visited the Biennale for the first time a couple of years ago, I was a bit intimidated: Since Venice was so packed already without any special event taking place, how terrible must the crowds be during such an outstanding event?! I armed myself for the worst.


Venice Italy Statue by Carole Feuerman
Looking over this gentleman's shoulder, you spot the venerable Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute. He's a statue by American sculptor Carole A. Feuerman and currently residing at the Giardino della Marinaressa.

Once there, to my surprise, I realized that most tourists still do come for Saint Mark's Square, the gondolas, and the Rialto bridge. Many even don't know about the great event that's taking place right next to above mentioned must-sees - although the country pavilions as well as the Collaterali, special themed exhibitions, are clearly marked.


Venice Italy Saint Mark's Square
Don't you worry: You won't find those folks at any of the biennial venues.

When I tell other tourists that I'm there for the Biennale di Arte, they even ask, if I'm an art buyer - which is hilarious, you have to enjoy the art on the spot, you cannot get yourself a little Baselitz as an exclusive souvenir.
So don't worry, neither is the city even fuller during the biennial nor are the venues packed with the average tourists.

How to avoid the crowds as good as you can will be explained in next week's post on Venice travel hacks - so stay tuned.


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The Biennale...


The Venice biennial dates back to 1893, when the city council decided to introduce an exhibition on Italian art - called Esposizione Biennale Artistica Nazionale.
The first one took place in 1895 and since then, every two years.
Since over the years, it opened to other countries and is today an important international art show, it's called L'Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte, La Biennale di Venezia.


Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - curtain
Check out what's going on behind the closed curtain.

One of the two main venues are the Giardini, the gardens, in the Castello neighborhood. Here, 28 countries have the opportunity to present artists of their choice at their respective national pavilions. The first one, by the way, was the Belgian one, built in 1907.


Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - main building Giardini
Dry ice from the main hall's roof is cooling the visitors.

Since 1980, the other main venue is the Arsenale, a huge terrain of former shipyards and armories, located just minutes from the Giardini.

The other several dozen states that have not built their own pavilion can exhibit in rented venues scattered throughout the city. This way, during the Biennial, you have access to Palazzi and other buildings that normally are not open to the public - a huge attraction.


Venice Italy Palazzo Contarini Polignac
Exhibition of paintings and sculptures by German artist Günther Förg.
 It was a bit strange: Taking pictures of the exhibits was allowed, taking pictures of the venue, the Palazzo Contarini Polignac, forbidden. However, a lot of this Palazzo can be seen around the statues.... 

Regardless of country representations, the Arsenale has a themed exhibition compiled by curators.

This year, the 58th Biennale is taking place since May 11 and will be on till November 24.

The curator of 2019's main exhibitions is Mr. Ralph Rugoff. Born in 1957 in New York City, he has been the director of London's Hayward Gallery since 2006.
Following the motto May You Live in Interesting Times, the main exhibitions introduce 83 artists from around the world.


Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Penitenti
Some of the exhibitions take place at the darndest places: The Brooklyn Rail, an independent arts publication from New York city, organized the exhibition Artists Need to Create on the Same Scale That Society Has the Capacity to Destroy: Mare Nostrum at the Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Penitenti - which is not that mind blowing. But that the second part is located at a fully operating hospital just a couple of doors down is. If I was a patient there, I'd find that a bit quirky, to say the least.

In addition, there are 89 national participations in the historic pavilions at the Giardini, at the Arsenale and in the historic city center of Venice. Ghana, Madagascar, Malaysia, and Pakistan are participating for the first time.


Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Chiesa di Santa Maria della Visitazione
There are many churches in Venice - with high ceilings and lots of free space. Perfect venues for large installations like The Death of James Lee Byars at the Chiesa di Santa Maria della Visitazione

Besides the Biennale di Arte, the art exhibition, the Venice Biennale consists of an annual music festival since 1930, since 1932 a film festival, a theater festival since 1934, and a festival of contemporary dance since 1999. While these​ biennials take place annually, the Biennale di Arte alternates since 1980 with the Architecture Biennial.


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...and Me


Like I said, I'm coming every two years to Venice to see the Biennale, and it never gets old. There are far too many unique events and exhibitions at mesmerizing places.


Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Fernando Picornell Cordero
Totally my kind of drug: Fernando Picornell Cordero Pintura Liquida 

For you, I put together my very personal collection of works that I liked best. Following the Biennale's concept, I sort them in alphabetical order according to countries - 50 altogether.

However,  I did not stick necessarily to the official country pavilion, but show you what I've liked from that specific country.
Sometimes it was the official contributions, sometimes it's just my favorite. And sometimes it was simply impossible to pick only one artist from a country, however, I limited myself to two max so that this post doesn't get out of hands.

At this post's end, you'll get all the relevant info to make your visit to this year's Biennale an unforgettable on.

Sadly, for me, this post can only be a retrospective since I'd spent one week in June there. But you can still go, the Biennale doesn't end before November 24.

Big advantage: Prices for accommodation and many services get much lower in autumn. Nonetheless, make sure to check out next week's post when I share my hacks on how to get more for less on a trip to Venice.

Andorra 


Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Andorra
A fun critique of our superficial and consumption-oriented society by Philippe Shangti: The Future is Now

Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Andorra


Argentina 


Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Ad Minoliti
Adriana 'Ad' Minoliti's flashy, queer work - visited by cats and foxes.

Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Tomas Saraceno
Tomás Saraceno's installation aero(s)cene deals with the rising sea phases from global warming.

Australia 


Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
The Wertheim-sisters Christine - a poet, former painter, and now a professor of critical studies - and Margaret - a physicist and science author - did handicraft a Crochet Coral Reef. That sounds a bit cheesy at first, but is actually an amazing sculpture as well as a biological model.
Get your needles out, guys, and knit yourselves a better world.

Austria 


Venice Italy - Palazzo Moro
FEROMONTANA allows you to see well-known images in a totally different way - like here DIANA 4 DIMENSIONAL 

Venice Italy - Palazzo Bembo
This is a very personal preference: I like Georg Loewit's Protagonists, Klaterer See because the small statues are reminding me of the caricatures of Austrians by the late Manfred Deix.

Azerbaijan 


Venice Italy - Azerbaijan
This Globe, created by Kanan Aliyev and Ulviyya Aliyeva, consists of hands fumbling chess figures...which begin to fall out of those hands. Albeit the message is not so difficult to understand, the man-sized globe is, however, impressive.

Belgium 


Venice Italy - Palazzo Grassi Luc Tuymans
Luc Tuyman has a solo show called La Pelle, the skin, at François Pinault's Palazzo Grassi. 
Last year, they had the very large but also very pretentious mega-exhibition of Damian Hirst. 
Luc Tuyman's art is much quieter and subtle, but his paintings in pastel colors have a bold message.

Venice Italy - Palazzo Grassi Luc Tuymans


Venice Italy - Giardini - Belgian Pavilion
Although Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys call they installation Mondo Cane, a dog's life, the scenery is just too human with clean, hardworking puppets in the center and groups of malfunctioning humans looking in. But who is actually trapped?
To me, the Belgian pavilion is definitely one of the very best exhibitions this year.

Venice Italy - Giardini - Belgian Pavilion


Belarus 


Venice Italy - Giardini - Belarus Pavilion
Konstantin Selikhanov's exhibition with the title Exit is found quite hidden in the Castello neighborhood.
The transformation his de-personalized figures can be regarded as a post-cataclysm or a pre-catastrophe.

China 


Venice Italy - Che Chengwei
Chen Chengwei in a self-portrait - we would call it a selfie. I love his way of setting contemporary Asian people in the context of traditional old European masters. There is something very stirring and subversive about his portraits.

Venice Italy - Che Chengwei
Chen Chengwei 白玫瑰, White Rose. He is one of the artists participating in the exhibition Friendship Project at the San Marino Pavilion, housed in the Palazzo Bollani.

Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
Ms China-Yin Xiuzhen makes entire cities of fabric and puts them in a suitcase - that's how I became her fan.
Here, a colossal passenger is bracing in her work When Only Left with Future

Colombia 


Venice Italy - Palazzo Bembo
At the biennial in 2017, everything was about refugees and immigrations. This year, environmental issues seem to be the center of attention and creation. One of the most striking pieces is certainly Federico Uribe's Plastic Reef, made of everything we sadly find in the oceans. 

Venice Italy - Palazzo Bembo


Cuba


Venice Italy - Palazzo Loredan
Cuban artist Carlos Quintana has wrapped the busts of all the venerable personalities at the Palazzo Loredan in blue fabric - as if he guides them to their execution. And really, there are skulls to be found at their feet shafts.

Venice Italy - Palazzo Loredan
Carlos Quintana In Finito
No matter what's on - the Palazzo Loredan is worth the visit for the beautifully furnished rooms and libraries alone.

Dominican Republic


Venice Italy - Palazzo Albrizzi Capello
Miguel Ramirez' Herbario is a reference to the island's biodiversity.
For the first time, the Dominican Republic has their own pavilion - the Palazzo Albrizzi Capello - at her disposal, however, shared with Guatemala. 

Ecuador


Venice Italy - Palazzo Albrizzi Mora
Marcello Martinez Vega, originally from Ecuador, lives now close to the Black Forest in Germany - and in his installation Back to the Black Forest, he unites both cultures: The motives are from his present home, however, he depicts it in a quite Latin American way.

Estonia


Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 Estonia
Kris Lemsalu calls herself a punk, a pagan, a trickster, a feminist, and a sci-fi shaman. In her work Birth V she puts together all these predicates and assembles objects into totemic sculptures.

Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 Estonia
Wild is key in Kris Lemsalu's work.


France


Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 Palazzo Mora
Arnaud Nazar-Aga's Sumo Totem Vision is part of the big group exhibition Personal Structures which takes place i. a. at the Palazzo Mora on the Strada Nova and the Palazzo Bembo right next to the Rialto bridge.

Germany


Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
There are always these hidden stars causing a furor, and for me, this year, it was clearly Alexandra Bircken and her installation Escalation, consisting of destroyed motorcycles, ladders, and latex suites - arranged like an accident that...escalated.

Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale


Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 - Giardini
I also love her woven tribute to the German chancellor Angela Merkel and her signature hand posture.

Ghana


Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
Before I've read that Felicia Abban was Ghana's first female professional photographer, I thought she was some kind of African Cindy Sherman. However, her selfies are way more sophisticated and original than all the crap you see on Instagram.  

Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
....and then the good people in Ghana thought, why not just throw our world-renown megastar into the mix - and they sent a couple of El Anatsui's fantastic fabrics made from lids and other tin waste.


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uadeloupe







Why François Piquet's videos Pré-requis à la discussion décoloniale, Prerequisites for decolonial discussion, are one of my favorite exhibits this year? Watch them and you shouldn't wonder any longer. 



Guatemala


Venice Italy - Palazzo Albrizzi Capello
Elsie Wunderlich Interesting State deals with violance - mainly against women - ....

Venice Italy - Palazzo Albrizzi Capello
....and so does her compatriot Marco Manzo's El Muro del Silencio, The Wall of Silence.

Venice Italy - Palazzo Albrizzi Capello
Detail from El Muro del Silencio, The Wall of Silence.

Iceland


Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 - Iceland
Chromo Sapiens by Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir aka Shoplifter. A huge woolen installation. Where are you - in a bewitched landscape? In a cozy womb? Well, the gentleman who made himself comfortable for what seemed to be an eternity certainly felt homely...


I
ndia


Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
Naavu, which translates to We Together, is a beautiful and touching installation by GR Iranna. Consisting of padukas, a cheap and traditional wooden footwear, she personalized many of them with individual pieces referring to their owner.
As a total, those padukas to me symbolize a march of the humble folks.

Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale


Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
This year, there were so many great pieces from India - either at their pavilion or at group exhibitions - which really makes it difficult to pick the most impressive ones.
However, Shilpa Gupta's For, in your tongue, I cannot fit carries, alas, an important message in times when writers and journalists are still being prosecuted. Her sound installation consists of 100 speakers, microphones, printed text and metal stands. While you can listen to recitals of a different poet’s verse, the corresponding text is spiked on a stand. All these authors were imprisoned for their poetry or politics.
The title, though, is inspired by the work of 14th-century Azerbaijani poet Imadaddin Nasimi.

Iran


Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 - Iran
I actually like monochrome paintings and installations. Especially grey makes you feel like living in a world of black and white; which I sometimes actually do, but that's a whole different story.
I'm the greatest fan of Jan of de Beeck's installations in gray, and Reza Lavassanis festive table reminded me of it.
What I love the most about his life-sized, immaculately crafted table is the fact that it's entirely made of paper-mâché.

Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 - Iran


Iraq


Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 - Iraq
A different - and far less poetic - kind of sculpture was made by Iraqi-Kurdish artist Serwan Baran.
The reference to the military conflicts in his homeland is obvious - and the male predominance in this aggression reflected in the title Fatherland

Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 - Iraq
Masses of anonymous soldiers in the painting of the exhibition Fatherland

Israel


Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 - Giardini - Israel
Field Hospital X is a mobile, international institution, established by Aya Ben Ron based to her own trauma.
If you are a patient patient, you should be rewarded with peace of mind.

Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 - Giardini - Israel
Take a number and be patient; be a patient.

Italy


Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 - Building Bridges
Lorenzo Quinn Building Bridges. Another work that doesn't need much explanation, I presume.

Ivory Coast


Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 - Ivory Coast
Tong Yanrunan's diverse portraits.

Japan


Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
Mari Katayama was born with a congenital disorder that affects her shin and hand bones.  In her photography, she is using her body as her 'canvas' and decorates it with lace, shells, pearls, and crystals.

Kenya


Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
Painting by Michael Armitage. Just like Chen Chengwai, he merges the traditions of European technique with the subjects and materials of his home country.

Kiribati


Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 - Kiribati
Visual artist Daniela Danica Tepes connects the work of her fellow artists in a very bemusing, interactive installation. However, the topic of this art project is climate change, a phenomenon that will strongly affect this Pacific island.

Korea


Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
Annika Yi's very Asian work: Humongous, honey-colored cocoons.

Kosovo


Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
Alban Muja Family Album
One of the most touching exhibitions are the interviews with people from Kosovo on their experience as children during the Balkan war. 

Luxemburg


Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
Marco Godinho has created the poetic installation Written by Water

Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale


Macao


Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 - Macao
Heidi Lau created for her exhibition Apparition a variety of ingenious fabulous creatures.

Madagascar


Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
Joël Andrianomearisoa's installation made entirely of black tissue paper and called I have forgotten the night is the first work from Madagascar being exhibited at a biennial in Venice.

Mexico


Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
In her work at the Arsenale, Teresa Margolles La Busqueda refers to the horrific femicide in Ciudad Juarez.... 

Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 - Giardini
...and in Muro Ciudad Juarez to drug-trafficking related crimes.

Netherlands


Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 - Giardini - Netherlands
Iris Kensmil, Dutch of Surinamese descent, wrote a book called Negroes are oké - and also her portraits deal with female black heritage.

Nigeria


Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
“None of us exist in a static state”, sais Nigerian Otobong Nkanga. Her work symbolizes that objects and actions do not exist in isolation: They are always in a way connected.

Peru


Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
Christian Bendayán's work “Indios antropófagos”. A butterfly Garden in the (Urban) Jungle combines many topics and influences affecting his home region Iquitos - and uses tiles for presenting them, a material clearly imported to that region from Europe.

Philippines


Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
Mark O. Justiniani's Island Weather should deepen our perception of nature, but quite honestly, it's also just great fun walking on these pedestals, having the illusion one could just fall into infinity.

Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale


Romania


Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 - Giardini -
Andra Ursuţa's Divorce Dump are garbage bins apparently made of backbones and ribcages, filled with what's left.

Russia


Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 - Ca Foscari Geli Korzhev
On the occasion of this year's biennial, the Ca Foscari Esposizioni shows a retrospective of Gely Korzhev's work called Back to Venice. While this is a Collateral, Korzhev represented the Soviet Union at the 31st biennial in 1962.

Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 - Ca Foscari Geli Korzhev


Saudi Arabia


Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
I've seen a couple of works made of clay bowls - this natural material always has something warm and cozy to it.
This year, Saudi Arabia is represented by Zahrah Al Ghamdi, who in her work  بعد توهم, After Illusion, captures the change of her surroundings and the familiarity.

Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale


South Africa


Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
Zanele Muholi, famous for portraits of black lesbians exhibits what she always does: Portraits of black lesbians. And her portraits are what they always are: Beautiful, deep, and touching.


S
pain


Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 - Giardini - Spain
A performative show by Itziar Okariz. Quite cool seeing the artist in action respectively in a dialog with a sculpture.


S
weden


Venice Italy - Punta della Dogana
Days of Inertia by Nina Canell is an absolutely enchanting installation at the Punta della Dogana venue: She lined large tiles to stop the water on them from running which leads to a fascinating effect.

Turkey


Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
Neverland: Halil Altındere's topic is always refugee-related. Also for the biennial, he mounted a pavilion for the excluded - but it is only a Palladian facade propped up by scaffolding.

Ukraine



Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
Zhanna Kadyrova's goods are truly sustainable: Everything is made of tiles - hence, will last forever.
Whether the farmers market at the Arsenale....

Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
These eggs won't break so easily.

Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 - Giardini
....or the fashion collection at the Giardini....

Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 - Giardini
.....where the tile-laundry is even hanging to dry.

United Kingdom







United States of America


Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 - Giardini
Alex da Corte's The Decorated Shed is an exact replica of a miniature suburban American village, shown at the Giardini's central pavilion.

Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
His crazy comic-movies are screened at the Arsenale.

Venice


Venice Italy - Giardini - Venetian Pavilion
Another pavilion where the fun steals the show from the deep meaning: Walking on water across Plastique Fantastique's tunnel made of a thin, fragile membrane feels great.

Zimbabwe

Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 - Zimbabwe
Kudzanai Violet Hwami is one of four artists from Zimbabwe being introduced in the exhibition Soko Risina Musoro, The Tale without a Head. Hers is just excellent, bold painting - sometimes totally sufficient between all this originality and craziness.


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Tips on How to Visit


Like I wrote above, this year's Biennale takes place from May 11 to November 24.


It's roughly divided in three parts: The two official venues Arsenale and Giardini, the country pavilions all over the city, and the so-called Collaterali, major art exhibitions taking place at exclusive venues.

The Main Venues


To visit the Arsenale and the Giardini, you need to buy a ticket. There are different kinds of tickets - with or without guided tours and other extras.

This year, for the first time, I bought a so-called plus-ticket which is good for multiple visits on three consecutive days. With the regular ticket, you have a one-time admission to each venue.

My conclusion is that it was not worth it: Since both venues are pretty far from the city center, it's recommended to plan to spend an entire day at each of them - and this way, you get to see everything during one visit and don't need to come back.
On the other hand, the plus-ticket that entitles you to various visits on three consecutive days costs only 10 €uro more so that if you prefer to take it slow, it won't really burn a hole in your pocket.



Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
Christoph Büchel's Barca Nostra is, of course, the perfect artwork to be exhibited at the Arsenale right on the waterfront.

I absolutely recommend buying your ticket online since there might be rush hours so that you'll have to stand in line forever.
If you prefer to get a ticket on the spot, according to my experience, it is faster to get it at the Giardini than at the Arsenale.

These two main venues are closed on Mondays while many of the pavilions in the center are closed on Tuesday. 


The Country Pavilions


There is no entrance fee to the country pavilions that are spread across the entire city and beyond. Here, the challenge is rather to find them in the narrow, hidden alleys of Venice.

However, the city pavilions are a very charming part of the Biennale since this way you have access to buildings that normally are not open to the public.



Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 - Palazzo Zenobia
The exhibition at the Palazzo Zenobia was not overwhelming - the structures were.

Also, the combination of the old, deteriorating walls and ceilings and the sometimes hyper-modern art is very alluring.


The Collaterali


These are major art exhibitions, either presenting one famous, important artist or a group of artists in a themed exhibition.



Venice Italy - Punta della Dogana
Even if you don't care one bit for the art, a visit to the Punta della Dogana venue should be on your list - if alone of the views.


Venice Italy - Punta della Dogana
You sure are rewarded for climbing up to the Punta della Dogana's upper floor, the Belvedere.

Since the Collaterali are mostly taking place at exclusive art venues such as the Fondazione Prada, the François Pinault Foundation, or the Ca' Foscari, a special ticket is needed - and in general not exactly cheap.



Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 - Espace Louis Vuitton
The Espace Louis Vuitton is a pleasant exception to the rule: The exhibitions on their upper floor can be visited for free. This is an installation Elsewhen by Philippe Parreno.

So after I gave you good basic information on when and how to visit the Biennale, you might wanna dig a bit deeper and for instance, check out which ticket is the best for you, which other exhibitions are on and more.

Obviously, the Biennale has an informative website where all of your most important questions will be answered.


On this map, you get an overview where all these wonderful works can be found:





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The Biennale di Arte, one of world's most important art events, takes place every two years. Although Venice is certainly a place worth visiting even when nothing special is on, the Biennale adds the cherry topping the cake. #biennale #biennale2019 #biennial #venezia #venice #italy #arttrip #exhibition #byemyself #byemyselftravels


The Biennale di Arte, one of world's most important art events, takes place every two years. Although Venice is certainly a place worth visiting even when nothing special is on, the Biennale adds the cherry topping the cake. #biennale #biennale2019 #biennial #venezia #venice #italy #arttrip #exhibition #byemyself #byemyselftravels


The Biennale di Arte, one of world's most important art events, takes place every two years. Although Venice is certainly a place worth visiting even when nothing special is on, the Biennale adds the cherry topping the cake. #biennale #biennale2019 #biennial #venezia #venice #italy #arttrip #exhibition #byemyself #byemyselftravels



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