The Venice Biennale: a century old art exhibition
The Venice Biennale (La Biennale di Venezia), was founded at the turn of the previous century. It stands at the forefront of research and promotion of new contemporary art trends!
The Biennale is one of the world’s largest and most famous art fairs. Throughout its history it has grown out of being “just” about visual art. Today, it holds exhibitions and conducts research in 5 other major art sectors: Architecture, Cinema, Music, Theatre and Dance.
If you want to know more about the Biennale, and how to take the most out of your stay in Venice, keep on reading:
By Jean-Pierre Dalbéra
The Venice Biennale in 2018/2019
The Venice Biennale is the original Biennale on which others in the world have been modelled. The next edition takes place from May 11th 2018 until November 24th 2019.
Each year, the Biennale invites world famous artists and showcases their work. It also supports the arts through the Biennale College project, which is dedicated to the formation of young artists. Many of the projects devised by the College students will be presented to the public on the days of the festival.
The main exhibition venues are Giardini Park and Arsenale. The Giardini includes a large exhibition hall that houses a themed exhibit curated by the Biennale’s director. The Arsenale holds the Aperto exhibit, which began in 1980 as a fringe event for younger artists, and artists of a national origin not represented by permanent national pavilions.
This coming show, the 58th edition of Art Biennale, is to be curated by Ralph Rugoff, Director of the Hayward Gallery of London, also named as Director of the Visual Arts Department by the board of Venice Biennale.
If 2019 is too far away and you want a more immediate taste of Venice’s artistic events, fear not! The Biennale has an outstanding calendar of events staged for 2018 as well! Lucky for you, these events are all taking place from late spring until late autumn, giving you many opportunities to plan a warm escape to one of Italy’s most iconic art centres.
If you’re in Venice during February then you must see the Venice Mask Carnival
The 16th International Architecture Exhibition starts on May 26th and ends on November 25th 2018. This exhibit is held at Giardini and Arsenale, as well as other venues in the city. The exhibit is open from 10.00 am – 6.00 pm (closed on Mondays, except May 28th, September 3rd, November 19th). Both venues offer accessibility via wheelchair ramps, elevators and stairlifts, and have a wide range of services such as bar, restaurant, bookstores, and lounge areas. The theme of this edition is Freespace – an embodiment of the generosity of spirit and sense of humanity at the core of architecture’s functionality, all the while focusing on the quality of space itself.
By Pedro Szekely
The 12th International Festival of Contemporary Dance runs from June 22nd to July 1st, showcasing several events daily. The festival celebrates the way in which choreography and dance are developing, evolving from classical forms to modern, contemporary modes. This edition highlights the dynamic and expressive energy between dancer and choreographer. It will feature activities from the Biennale College – Dance, and also host three specific projects as part of its programme: the Dancer project, the Choreographer project, and a selection of Professional Dancers.
The 46th International Theatre Festival takes place from July 20th to August 5th 2018, with a rich programme of shows and encounters. The activities of the Biennale College – Teatro are addressed this year at young Italian directors (up to the age of 30).
In June you can also witness the world’s largest art scene Art Basel.
The 62nd International Festival of Contemporary Music runs from 28th September to 7th October, hosting several daily events. The notion of contemporary music refers to evolution of music, particularly classical into modernist and postmodernist forms, that began in the mid ‘70s. This festival addresses the ambiguities of interpreting the term ‘contemporary’ by looking at the crossover of influences between Europe and America. As per other sectors, this festival will include activities of the Biennale College – Musica. This year an international call for applications was launched in order to promote and support the production of a maximum of 4 micro-budget chamber musical theatre works.
By Jean-Pierre Dalbéra
Perhaps one of the most famous events of Venice Biennale is the Venice International Film Festival. This year marks the 75th edition which will take place at Venice Lido from August 29th to September 8th. The jury of the festival will be presided by acclaimed director Guillermo Del Toro.
The aim of the Film Festival is to promote international cinema as art, entertainment and industry, encouraging awareness and appreciation of cinema in a spirit of freedom and dialogue. The Festival also organises retrospectives and tributes to major figures as a contribution towards a better understanding of the history of cinema.
The prices of tickets for these events range from 10-40 Euro, and concessions also apply. However, available from March 15th is the ‘spectators in residence’ accreditation. This can be purchased for one or more of the Festivals of Dance Music and Theatre at 35 Euro for each event. This pass allows you to enjoy the full range of events in these festivals, accompanied by a tutor who will provide a dedicated experience through the performances and artists of the festivals, encounters with the protagonists and opportunities for dialogue and exchange.
The Biennale is never too far!
With its many exhibitions and events throughout the year, different venues and sectors, at the Biennale you are guaranteed to find the art that most captures your imagination.
If this year (or the next!) you are thinking about going to the Biennale, know that there will be so much more waiting for you, and the trip to Venice will be one that you will forever remember!
And if you are heading to Venice for all of its other amenities, make sure to check the Biennale schedule and get the most out of your trip!