2019 Venice Biennale

Biennale: relax and events


Saturday, May 11, the 2019 Venice Biennale took shape and will be opened to the public until Sunday, November 24th. The Venice Biennale, which in its vast organization includes events related to Art, Dance, Theater, Cinema and Music, is an event of global significance that since 1895 promotes and stimulates artistic activity in all its declinations.

The Biennale begins with the “MAY YOU LIVE IN INTERESTING TIMES” Art exhibition which coincides with the start of the summer season, offering us many good reasons to visit it, including the opportunity to relax with a bit of fun…and our proposal that combines relaxation with events could not be more appropriate! Take the right opportunity to immerse yourself in all its advantages: Just Relax & Events


The title of the Biennale leads to the thought of threatening times in which catastrophes such as wars or natural disasters occur, even if, as President Paolo Baratta explains: “it can also be an invitation to always see and consider the course of human events in their complexity, an invitation therefore that seems particularly important to us in times when too often an excess of simplification prevails, generated by conformism or fear. And I believe that an art exhibition is worth existing, in the first place, if it intends to lead us to art and artists as a decisive challenge to all inclinations to oversimplification.”

The importance of this majestic event can be seen also and above all from the results achieved: its visitors have grown exponentially over the years and more than half are less than 26 years old. This is a very significant fact that says a lot about the new socio-cultural trends of the future.

The exhibition runs from the Central Pavilion, the Gardens to the Arsenal, including 79 participating artists from around the world and is joined by 89 National Participations in the historic Pavilions at the Gardens, the Arsenal and in the historic center of Venice.

There are four countries present for the first time at the Art Biennale: Ghana, Madagascar, Malaysia and Pakistan. The Dominican Republic is participating for the first time in the Art Biennale with its own pavilion.

Among the many and not all easy pavilions, the one of the Golden Lion of Lithuania, the India pavilion dedicated to Ghandi or peace, the musical pavilion of Brazil that together with that of Albania perfectly presents itself in line with the theme of this Biennale and then…to you the free choice!

Great female participation and Italian participation

National participations: country pavilions

It is the year of women at the Venice Biennale of Art 2019, not only because the curator Ralph Rugoff has chosen a number of artists greater than that of men, but also because the Golden Lion went to three women: the Lithuanian artists Lina Lapelyte, Vaiva Grainyte and Rugile Barzdziukaite with Sun & Sea exposed to the Navy of the Venice Arsenal (Fondamenta Case Nuove 2738c).

The Italy Pavilion at the Tese delle Vergini in Arsenal, supported and promoted by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, Directorate General for Contemporary Art and Architecture and Urban Suburbs, must be mentioned. This is the labyrinth curated by Milovan Farronato where two of the three artists exhibited are women. Liliana Moro and Chiara Fumai with their works push the question of the future beyond the confines of the feminine expressing a concept that has to do with the horizontality of living society, made also of perdition and therefore not reducible to a vertical and predictable path like the one adopted until today.

At the Central Pavilion and at the Arsenal

As a woman, Italian and for the inevitable immediate connection with our thermal product, we talk about the site-specific installation by Lara Favaretto in the central Pavilion that welcomes us with a nebulous water vapor with the didactic title Thinking Head. The brain that metaphorically smokes is that of various groups of intellectuals who in a bunker of the Arsenal will discuss every week various issues related to the possible destinies of the planet earth…

The other Italian is Ludovica Carbotta with her multifaceted artistic production that includes sculpture, drawing, performance, architecture and writing. The subject exposed at the Arsenal is the physical exploration of the urban space in which the artist invents imaginary places or inserts real places in fantasy contexts, recovering the role of imagination as a means of constructing knowledge. The abandonment of norms, rules and discounted logic belonging to society, becomes a consequence of the isolation practiced in the professional career of this artist.

Free guided tour of the Arsenal

A program of free guided tours is available to learn about the history of the Arsenal and the spaces used at the Biennale, from the events of monumental buildings to Art and Architecture Exhibitions, to the recent restoration and redevelopment works.

Visits are available on Mondays until 11 November 2019 inclusive, except for Monday 2 September. The service is available upon reservation, free of charge. The departure is scheduled at 10 am and the duration of the service is about 1h 30 ‘. Reservations must be made by 12 noon on the Saturday before the visit. Book the next visit here

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