Dating back to 1895, this international exhibition for art, architecture, cinema, dance, music theatre and historical archives, and is a highlight of Venice's cultural calendar. The preceding event, the 53rd International Art Exhibition, attracted 475,000 visitors in 2013 and runs from June to November.
The 54th International Art Exhibition will be directed by art critic and historian Bice Curiger in 2014, whilst the Giardini in the east of Venice, - since 1895 - has been the traditional venue for the international art pavilions. The rest of the exhibition is focused on the Arsenale, the immense dockyard that dates to the 15th and 16th centuries. Here, the Republic of Venice built its warships with impressive efficiency - it was said that an armed warship could be built in just 12 hours. This extraordinary shipyard isn't normally open to the public but - since substantial restoration works in 1999 - it is open for the Biennale, and for Venice's festival of traditional boats, held in May.
Features include The Idea of the Body: an exhibition at Ca’ Giustinian, the 5th International Kids’ Carnival and the Festa del Redentore, a fund-raising dinner for the Asac (Historical Archives of Contemporary Arts). Additionally, the Biennale Card is now on offer which allows you to take advantage of benefits on all Biennale activities.