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La Biennale di Venezia


History

The Venice Biennale has been for over 120 years one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world. The history 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 in history). In 1980 the first International Architecture Exhibition took place, and in 1999 Dance made its debut at La Biennale.

The Exhibition

Curated by the current Director of London’s Hayward Gallery, Ralph Rugoff, this year's Biennale showcases artworks by 79 living artists from all around the world. It also boasts 89 National Participations and 21 Collateral Events taking place in various locations around the city.

The event highlights a general approach to the creation of art, as well as a view of the social function with regards to both critical thinking and pleasure.

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The Venice Pavilion

Among the pavilions to visit, the Venice Pavillon is not to be missed.
A group of seven international artists with strong creative ties to the Italian art scene were selected to represent the city itself in the Venezia Pavilion. The exhibition presents the artists’ collective response to their individual experiences of Venice. Inspired by the urban fabric of the city, and exploring its history and mythology, they capture the essence of this city through the elements that over time have become symbols strongly associated with it.