Venice Biennale
festival / organization

La Biennale di Venezia was founded in 1895 and is now one of the most famous and prestigious cultural organizations in the world. Paolo Baratta has been its President since 2008 and before that from 1998 to 2001.

La Biennale, who stands at the forefront of research and promotion of new contemporary art trends, organizes exhibitions and research in all its specific departments: Arts, Architecture,, Cinema, Dance, Music, and Theatre. Its history is documented at the Historical Archives of Contemporary Arts (ASAC) that has been completely renovated in recent years.

Since 1998 the Art Biennale and the Architecture Biennale are no longer simply exhibitions organized with the contribution of National Pavilions, but rest instead on three pillars:

· The exhibitions by National Pavilions, each with its own curator and project.
· The International Exhibition by the Biennale curator, chosen specifically for this task.
· Collateral Events, approved by the Biennale curator.

This exhibition model has led to a pluralism of expressions: in order to accommodate them the exhibition spaces have grown for strategic needs, including an ambitious restoration of the Arsenale area which is still going on.

The Art Biennale has been recognized as the world leader in contemporary art exhibitions and the countries participating have increased from 59 (in 1999) to 86 in 2017.

The Architecture Biennale has also been recognized as the best in the world.

The Venice International Film Festival at the Lido (the oldest in the world dating to 1932) has remained a prestigious event worldwide due to the quality of its selection and the recent refurbishing of its historic buildings and technological supplies.

The relationship with the local community has been strengthened through educational activities and guided visits, with the participation of a growing number of schools from the Veneto region and beyond. This spreads the creativity on the new generation (3,000 teachers and 30,000 pupils involved in 2014). These activities have been supported by the Venice Chamber of Commerce. A cooperation with Universities and research institutes making special tours and stays at the exhibitions has also been established. In the three years from 2012-2014, 227 universities (79 Italian and 148 international) have joined the Biennale Sessions project.

In all sections there have been more research and production opportunities addressed to the younger generation of artists, directly in contact with recognized teachers; this has become more systematic and continuous through the international project Biennale College, now running in the Dance, Theatre, Music, and Cinema sections.

Authored Articles
Venice Biennale / 59th Edition
Apr 23 – Nov 11, 2022
The 59th edition takes its title from a book by Leonora Carrington in which the Surrealist artist describes a...
Venice Biennale / 58th Edition
May You Live in Interesting Times
Entitled "May You Live In Interesting Times," the theme of the 58th International Art Exhibition evokes a sense of...
Our 5th Year Anniversary
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We are rounding out our fifth year with nearly 3 million visits strong. A very exciting journey it has been, indeed.
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100 Days into Ukraine
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We Are One
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New Year / 2020
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Promethean fire, water from Sisyphus. Let us remember this day. As Hegel tells us, the world's history is not...
MAC International 2018
Deadline Apr 27, 2018
MAC International 2018 is now open for submissions. Deadline for applications will be April 27 with the shortlist of...
Renzo Piano / Progetti d’Acqua
May 24 – Jan 6, 2019
Visitors immerse themselves in a visual and acoustic environment providing an exhilarating tour through 16 architectural projects chosen by...
CITTADIMILANO / Giorgio Andreotta Calò
Feb 14 – Jul 21, 2019
Among the contexts evoked, the city of Milan provides one of the central premises of the exhibition which Giorgio...