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Biennale Arte 2019
The 58th International Art Exhibition, May You live in Interesting Times, is being held in Venice, Italy from May 11 until November 24, 2019. Ralph Rugoff, the director of the Hayward Gallery in London, is curating the exhibition. The events will open to the public at the Arsenale and Giardini venues on May 11th and will include artworks from 79 artists from all over the world.
Tips for Visiting
Start your visit early at 10 am if possible. There is so much to see that it really does take at least a full day to fully enjoy the Biennale. For this reason, if you are staying in Venice for more than 1 day we recommend a plus ticket, which is valid for 3 days.
Take a break at the Caffeteria-Work of Art where geometric shapes of contrasting colors interrupt and intersect, creating a complex and lively optical pattern or at the bar and restaurant terrace of at Arsenale.
The lunch areas get very crowded at peak lunch time so try wait until around 2 pm if you want to eat in the Biennale venue. Try to visit the Biennale during the week (except Mondays when it is usually closed) to avoid big crowds.
- 11 May - 24 November 2019 | Closed on Mondays (except 13 May, 2 September, 18 November)
- Giardini della Biennale (Biennale Gardens): open 10 am to 6 pm
- Arsenale Exhibition Spaces: open 10 am to 6 pm
- Arsenale Exhibtion Spaces: on Fridays and Saturdays, until 5 October, open 10 am to 8 pm
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- Regular Ticket - 25 euros
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- Reduced price - 20 euros (over 65, military officers, Venice residents, visitors holding a ticket of Biennale Dance, Theatre or Music Festivals and 76th Venice Film Festival subscriptions holders)
- Students and/or Under 26 - 16 euros (with a valid student ID or student card)
- 3 Day Pass Regular - 35 euros
- Day Pass Students and/or Under 26 - 25 euros
History of the Biennale
The Biennale of Venice has become world famous for cultural events in fields like music, film and architecture, but the very first Biennale was held over 120 years ago in 1895 when the first International Art Exhibition was organized. New festivals were created in the 1930s when music, cinema, and theatre were added to the Biennale. The architecture exhibition was not added until 1980 and dance didn’t become part of the Biennale until 1990.
How to Get there
Both the Giardini della Biennale (the primary Biennale venue) and Arsenale Exhibition Spaces are located in the southeast area of the island of Venice. You can reach the venues by vaporetto (water bus) or by foot from the main island. Visitors coming from Lido, Murano or other islands will have to take a vaporetto to reach the Biennale Venues.
Giardini della Biennale
Vaporetto (water bus) - Get off at Giardini Biennale SX or DX terminals to arrive directly at the Biennale or get off at Giardi SX or DX and you will have a 5 minute walk to the Biennale.
By Foot - From Ponte Rialto - 30 minutes / From St. Mark’s Square 30 minutes / From the Guggenheim Collection 40 minutes
Arsenale Exhibition Spaces - You can easily walk from the Biennale Gardens to the Arsenale Exhibition Spaces in about 10 minutes so you could use the same directions as those for Biennale Gardens, but if you want to go directly to the Arsenale Exhibition Spaces use the following directions:
Vaporetto (water bus) - Get off at Arsenale terminal
By Foot - From Ponte Rialto - 25 minutes / From St. Mark’s Square 25 minutes / From the Guggenheim Collection 30 minutes
GIARDINI DELLA BIENNALE – Biennale Gardens
The traditional site of La Biennale Art Exhibitions since the first edition in 1895, the Giardini rise to the eastern edge of Venice and were made by Napoleon at the beginning of the nineteenth century. It was the success of the first editions (more than 200,000 visitors in 1895, more than 300,000 in 1899) to trigger the building of foreign pavilions since 1907, which were added to the already built Central Pavilion. The Giardini now host 29 pavilions of foreign countries, some of them designed by famous architects such as Josef Hoffmann’s Austria Pavilion, Gerrit Thomas Rietveld’s Dutch pavilion or the Finnish pavilion, a pre-fabricated with a trapezoidal plan designed by Alvar Aalto.
ARSENALE EXHIBITION SPACES
The Arsenale was the largest production center in Venice during the pre-industrial era and in full-time periods it had up to 2,000 workers a day. It was a huge complex of construction sites where the Serenissima fleets were built and, therefore, a symbol of the economic, political and military power of the city. Since 1980 the Arsenale has become an exhibition site of La Biennale on the occasion of the 1st International Architecture Exhibition. Later on, the same spaces were used during the Art Exhibitions for the Open section. Since 1999, a program for the enhancement of the area has been implemented, which has allowed to open to the public, among other places: the Teatro alle Tese and the Teatro Piccolo Arsenale (2000), the Giardino delle Vergini (2009), and the Sale d’Armi (2015).