What is the Venice Biennale of Art?
The Venice Biennale is a major contemporary art exhibition held every two years. The exhibition is held across the Giardini exhibition hall and the former shipyard complex, the Arsenale. Contributors from around the world create ‘Pavilions’ housing their work and allowing visitors to explore.
Centred around the theme of ‘All the World’s Futures’, contributors to the Biennale re-evaluate the relationship between the current ‘state of affairs’ and the ‘appearance of things’. The Pavilions are themed around a number of ideas that sum up the present state of events and how they can be perceived. Students have the opportunity to see how artists, philosophers, musicians and choreographers create images, words, sounds and actions to make sense of these ideas.
The Venice Biennale becomes a melting pot of nations, identities and political themes. The contributors create work representing how these issues are interpreted and translated. Works have ranged from the Iraqi Pavilion of political cartoonist Abdul Rahim Yasser’s depiction of a man with a gun being frisked by a man with a gun to Icelandic composer Kjartan Sveinnson’s graceful song creating an eerie sight across the harbour of the Arsenale venue. Each exhibit creates a unique and alternative approach to dissecting life as we know it. Whether it is picking upon the greed of oligarchs or recreating an ancient myth through a modern interpretation, the Venice Biennale is sure to spark thought and imagination in your students.
Open your student’s mind to the creatives found at the 56th International Art Exhibition in Venice.
- The Giardini
Located in the east of Venice, the gardens have been home to the International Art Exhibition for over 100 years. Home to 30 Pavilions including the Central Pavilion, participating countries have built the structures with each standing as great examples of architecture themselves.
The Arsenale complex provides the Biennale with a vast space holding a number of exhibitions and live performance areas. A former symbol of Venice’s military might and political power, the Arsenale remains as impressive as it was upon its inception.
- Central Pavilion
- The Italian Pavilion
- National Pavilions
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The Peggy Guggenheim Collection
The Collection is the most important museum in Italy for European and American art from the first half of the 20th century. It is located in Peggy Guggenheim's former home, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, and presents her personal collection of 20th century art. It ranges from cubism to abstract expressionism, enabling students to see a range of works and styles.
Galleria dell'Accademia, Venice
This important gallery of fine art traces the development of Venetian art and artists chronologically up to the 18th century. Students can see a vast range of art inspired by the many different perspectives a single city can provide. The collection includes influential works by Bellini Carpaccio, Tintoretto, Giorgione and Canaletto.