A preview of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s installation as part of the unconventionally multicultural team of artists representing Germany at the 55th Venice Biennale. Photo courtesy of designboom.com.
If you happen to be in Venice on June 1st, you will find yourself surrounded by the world’s top artists and their spectacular works of art; founded in 1895 as a biannual celebration of the international art world, the Venice Biennale (or the “Art World’s Olympics,” as it is more fondly known) brings together visual artists in order to showcase their work in resplendent, breathtaking “pavilions” that will adorn the many giardini (or gardens) of Venice.
The Biennale is a long standing Venetian tradition (this is the 55th iteration of the world-renowned arts festival), but for a Biennale newcomer, the plethora of art can be overwhelming. More than 40 nations will be participating in the fair, and each country has its own pavilion (which can sometimes be a work of art in itself) dedicated to showcasing the work of that country’s hand-picked team of artists. The artists themselves are typically on site, as are the curators, who tend to be powerhouses of the international art gallery scene.
Here are some things you might want to know about this year’s festival before planning out your visit:
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