55th Venice International Art Exhibition

From June, 1st to November, 24th, the most acclaimed art exhibition in Europe and the world, 55th International Art Exhibition, will take place at the Giardini and the Arsenale (Preview on May 29th, 30th and 31st) and in other venues around Venice.

This year, the event’s title is The Encyclopaedic Palace, chosen by Massimiliano Gioni.

The opening and award ceremony will take place on Saturday 1st June. For the first time, ten countries will take part in the event: Angola, Bahamas, Kingdom of Bahrain, Ivory Coast, Republic of Kosovo, Kuwait, Maldives, Paraguay, Tuvalu and Holy See.

The exhibition itinerary will take visitors from The Central Pavillion (Guiardini) to the Arsenale, with works created by over 150 artists coming from 27 different countries.

The exhibition (part of Venice Biennale) is inspired by an utopian idea of Marino Auriti who, in 1955, planned an Encyclopaedic Palace, an imaginary museum with the purpose to host the whole mankind’s knowledge. Mr Auriti designed a 136-floors building (700 m high and 16 Washington’s blocks large).

Art Biennale schedules a series of Meetings on Art which include conversations, conferences and stories with Marco Paolini entitled “Fen” that will take place in summertime. The last meeting, Let’s talk about us, is scheduled on 24th November 2013.

Italian Pavilion
This year the Italian Pavilion is entitled Vice versa, title chosen by Bartolomeo Pietromarchi. Vice versa is inspired by a concept by Giorgio Agamben according to which, in order to interpret Italian culture, it’s necessary to identify a “series of diametrically linked concepts” able to describe its features. Inspired by such a point of view, Vice versa proposes an exhibition itinerary made up of 7 rooms, seven spaces, each of which hosts 2 artists who have a dialogue, where the works shown reveal the deep meaning of this dialectical approach. The fourteen artists in this section are: Francesco Arena, Massimo Bartolini, Gianfranco Baruchello, Elisabetta Benassi, Flavio Favelli, Luigi Ghirri, Piero Golia, Francesca Grilli, Marcello Maloberti, Fabio Mauri, Giulio Paolini, Marco Tirelli, Luca Vitone, and Sislej Xhafa.

Among the several side events:

Catalonia at Venice
Cantieri Navali, Castello 40 (San Pietro di Castello)
1st June – 24th November
10 am – 6 pm, closed on Mondays (except on 3rd June and 1th November)
Organized by Institut Ramon Llull

A Remote Whisper
Palazzo Falier, San Marco 2906
30th May – 24th November
10 am – 6 pm, closed on Mondays
Organized by: Direção-Geral das Artes

Bedwyr Williams: The Starry Messenger
Santa Maria Ausiliatrice (Ludoteca), Castello 450 (Fondamenta San Gioacchin)
1st June – 24th November
10 am – 6 pm, closed on Mondays (except on 3rd June and 18th November)
Organized by: Cymru yn Fenis / Wales in Venice

Opening Hours
1st June > 24th November 2013
10 am – 6 pm
Closed on Mondays (except on 3rd June and 18th November)

Ticket Offices
- Arsenale and Giardini
- Online ticket office

Full price “Special 2days” ticket: €30 (valid ticket for two days for Giardini and Arsenale)
Full price Regular ticket: €25 (valid for just one entrance in each venue)
Reduced price ticket: €22 (COOP, CTS, ISIC, ITIC, FAI, Touring Club, Cinema Più, Venice Card: Adult/Junior/San Marco, Rolling Venice Card, Carta Giovani)
Students / Under 26 years old: €14

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