How to Visit the Biennale di Arte in Venice

Venice is a place worth visiting even when nothing special is on. Here is how to visit the Biennale di Arte in Venice, one of the world’s most important art events.

Ponte dell'Accademia Venice Italy
Ponte dell’Accademia, one of only four opportunities to cross the Canale Grande walking, advertising for this year’s mega-event.

However, the Biennials add some contemporary suspense and glamour to all the shiny renaissance the Doges left behind, and this summer, the 58th Biennale di Arte is on.

Venice and I: Regular Visits to the Mystic Lagoon City

I’ve always loved Venice. Since years ago, after a horrific ride I’d spent standing in a packed, hot public bus taking me from the Aeroporto Marco Polo to the capital of the Veneto, I set foot on the Piazzale Roma. From that very moment on, I was overwhelmed and in everlasting love.

Venice Italy Canale Grande
Row, row, row the boat….iconic gondolas on the Canale Grande.

This city, built on steels, is just so unique. Despite its modest size, Venice used to rule major parts of Europe. And, of course, beautiful.

So, yes, I don’t really need a special occasion to keep coming back.
Meanwhile, I’m not taking the horrific bus anymore; today, there are far better options at a still okay price.

However, every time I set foot on Piazzale Roma, awe and joy are overwhelming me. Despite the fact that it has developed so much over the decades since I arrived there for the first time.

The Biennale and I: The Perfect Event for an Art Addict

I don’t need a special occasion to visit Venice. Nonetheless, lately, I’ve been coming back only on special occasions, namely the Biennale di Arte. This art biennial, obviously, takes place every other, odd-numbered year.

Before I visited the Biennale for the first time a couple of years ago, I was a bit intimidated:
Since Venice was so packed already without any special event, how terrible must the crowds be during such an outstanding event?! Consequently, I armed myself for the worst.

Venice Italy Statue by Carole Feuerman
Looking over this gentleman’s shoulder, you spot the venerable Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute. He’s a statue by American sculptor Carole A. Feuerman and currently residing at the Giardino della Marinaressa.

Once there, to my surprise, I realized that most tourists still do come for the standards. They are still visiting Saint Mark’s Square, the gondolas, and the Rialto bridge. Overall, people even don’t know about the great event that’s taking place right next to the above-mentioned must-sees. Although the country pavilions as well as the Collaterali, special themed exhibitions, are clearly marked.

Venice Italy Saint Mark's Square
Don’t you worry: You won’t find those folks at any of the biennial venues.

When I tell other tourists that I’m there for the Biennale, they even ask if I’m an art buyer. Which is hilarious since, of course, you have to enjoy the art on the spot. Obviously, you cannot get yourself a little Baselitz as an exclusive souvenir.
So don’t worry, neither is the city fuller during the biennial nor are the venues packed with the average tourists.

Read in my post on Venice travel hacks how to avoid the crowds as good as you can.

The Biennale…

The Venice biennial dates back to 1893. Then, the city council decided to introduce an exhibition on Italian art – called Esposizione Biennale Artistica Nazionale.

The first one took place in 1895 and since then, every two years.
Over the following years, it opened to other countries. Therefore today, it is an important international art show and called L’Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte, La Biennale di Venezia.

Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - curtain
Check out what’s going on behind the closed curtain.

The Giardini And the Arsenale

Firstly, one of the two main venues are the Giardini, the gardens, in the Castello neighborhood.

Here above all, 28 countries have the opportunity to present artists of their choice at their respective national pavilions. The first one, by the way, was the Belgian one, built in 1907.

Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - main building Giardini
Dry ice from the main hall’s roof is cooling the visitors.

Since 1980, the other main venue is the Arsenale, a huge terrain of former shipyards and armories, located just minutes from the Giardini.

The other several dozen states that have not built their own pavilion can still exhibit in rented venues scattered throughout the city. This way, during the Biennial, you have access to Palazzi and other buildings that normally are not open to the public – a huge attraction.

Venice Italy Palazzo Contarini Polignac
Exhibition of paintings and sculptures by German artist Günther Förg.
It was a bit strange: Taking pictures of the exhibits was allowed, taking pictures of the venue, the Palazzo Contarini Polignac, forbidden. However, a lot of this Palazzo can be seen around the statues….

Regardless of country representations, the Arsenale has a themed exhibition compiled by curators.

This Was On In 2019

The 58th Biennale was taking place from May 11 to November 24, 2019.

The curator of 2019’s main exhibitions was Mr. Ralph Rugoff. Born in 1957 in New York City, he has been the director of London’s Hayward Gallery since 2006.

Following the motto May You Live in Interesting Times, the main exhibitions introduce 83 artists from around the world.

Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Penitenti
Some of the exhibitions take place at the darndest places: The Brooklyn Rail, an independent arts publication from New York city, organized the exhibition Artists Need to Create on the Same Scale That Society Has the Capacity to Destroy: Mare Nostrum at the Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Penitenti – which is not that mind-blowing. But that the second part is located at a fully operating hospital just a couple of doors down is. If I was a patient there, I’d find that a bit quirky, to say the least.

Art From Around The World

In addition, there are 89 national participating in the historic Pavilions at the Giardini, at the Arsenale, and in the historic city center of Venice. However, Ghana, Madagascar, Malaysia, and Pakistan are participating for the first time.

Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Chiesa di Santa Maria della Visitazione
There are many churches in Venice – with high ceilings and lots of free space. Perfect venues for large installations like The Death of James Lee Byars at the Chiesa di Santa Maria della Visitazione.

Besides the Biennale di Arte, the art exhibition, the Venice Biennale consists of an annual music festival since 1930, since 1932 a film festival, a theater festival since 1934, and a festival of contemporary dance since 1999. While these​ biennials take place annually, the Biennale di Arte alternates since 1980 with the Architecture Biennial.

…and I

Altogether, I’m coming every two years to Venice to see the Biennale, and it never gets old. In fact, there are far too many unique events and exhibitions at mesmerizing places.

Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Fernando Picornell Cordero
Totally my kind of drug: Fernando Picornell Cordero Pintura Liquida

My Personal Favorites from 50 Countries in 2019

In summary, I made a list of my preferred works of 2019. Following the Biennale’s concept, I sort them in alphabetical order according to countries – 50 altogether.

However,  I did not stick necessarily to the official country pavilion, but show you what I’ve liked from that specific country.
Some were the official contributions, while others are just my personal favorite. And sometimes, it was simply impossible to pick only one artist from a country. However, I limited myself to two max so that this post doesn’t get out of hands.

At this post’s end, in summary, you’ll get all the relevant info to make your visit to the Biennale an unforgettable on.

Tip: If you visit rather in Autumn, prices for accommodation and many services get much lower. Nonetheless, make sure to check out my post on how to visit Venice on a budget.

Andorra
Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Andorra
A fun critique of our superficial and consumption-oriented society by Philippe Shangti: The Future is Now
Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Andorra
Argentina
Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Ad Minoliti
Adriana ‘Ad’ Minoliti’s flashy, queer work – visited by cats and foxes.
Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Tomas Saraceno
Tomás Saraceno’s installation aero(s)cene deals with the rising sea phases from global warming.
Australia
Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
The Wertheim-sisters Christine – a poet, former painter, and now a professor of critical studies – and Margaret – a physicist and science author – did handicraft a Crochet Coral Reef. That sounds a bit cheesy at first, but is actually an amazing sculpture as well as a biological model.
Get your needles out, guys, and knit yourselves a better world.
Austria
Venice Italy - Palazzo Moro
FEROMONTANA allows you to see well-known images in a totally different way – like here DIANA 4 DIMENSIONAL
Venice Italy - Palazzo Bembo
This is a very personal preference: I like Georg Loewit’s Protagonists, Klaterer See because the small statues are reminding me of the caricatures of Austrians by the late Manfred Deix.
Azerbaijan
Venice Italy - Azerbaijan
This Globe, created by Kanan Aliyev and Ulviyya Aliyeva, consists of hands fumbling chess figures…which begin to fall out of those hands. Albeit the message is not so difficult to understand, the man-sized globe is, however, impressive.
Belgium
Venice Italy - Palazzo Grassi Luc Tuymans
Luc Tuyman has a solo show called La Pelle, the skin, at François Pinault’s Palazzo Grassi. 
Last year, they had the very large but also very pretentious mega-exhibition of Damian Hirst. 
Luc Tuyman’s art is much quieter and subtle, but his paintings in pastel colors have a bold message.
Venice Italy - Palazzo Grassi Luc Tuymans
Venice Italy - Giardini - Belgian Pavilion
Although Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys call they installation Mondo Cane, a dog’s life, the scenery is just too human with clean, hardworking puppets in the center and groups of malfunctioning humans looking in. But who is actually trapped?
To me, the Belgian pavilion is definitely one of the very best exhibitions this year.
Venice Italy - Giardini - Belgian Pavilion
Belarus
Venice Italy - Giardini - Belarus Pavilion
Konstantin Selikhanov’s exhibition with the title Exit is found quite hidden in the Castello neighborhood.
The transformation his de-personalized figures can be regarded as a post-cataclysm or a pre-catastrophe.
China
Venice Italy - Che Chengwei
Chen Chengwei in a self-portrait – we would call it a selfie. I love his way of setting contemporary Asian people in the context of traditional old European masters. There is something very stirring and subversive about his portraits.
Venice Italy - Che Chengwei
Chen Chengwei 白玫瑰, White Rose. He is one of the artists participating in the exhibition Friendship Project at the San Marino Pavilion, housed in the Palazzo Bollani.
Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
Ms China-Yin Xiuzhen makes entire cities of fabric and puts them in a suitcase – that’s how I became her fan.
Here, a colossal passenger is bracing in her work When Only Left with Future
Colombia
Venice Italy - Palazzo Bembo
At the biennial in 2017, everything was about refugees and immigrations. This year, environmental issues seem to be the center of attention and creation. One of the most striking pieces is certainly Federico Uribe’s Plastic Reef, made of everything we sadly find in the oceans.
Venice Italy - Palazzo Bembo
Cuba
Venice Italy - Palazzo Loredan
Cuban artist Carlos Quintana has wrapped the busts of all the venerable personalities at the Palazzo Loredan in blue fabric – as if he guides them to their execution. And really, there are skulls to be found at their feet shafts.
Venice Italy - Palazzo Loredan
Carlos Quintana In Finito
No matter what’s on – the Palazzo Loredan is worth the visit for the beautifully furnished rooms and libraries alone.
Dominican Republic
Venice Italy - Palazzo Albrizzi Capello
Miguel Ramirez’ Herbario is a reference to the island’s biodiversity.
For the first time, the Dominican Republic has their own pavilion – the Palazzo Albrizzi Capello – at her disposal, however, shared with Guatemala.
Ecuador
Venice Italy - Palazzo Albrizzi Mora
Marcello Martinez Vega, originally from Ecuador, lives now close to the Black Forest in Germany – and in his installation Back to the Black Forest, he unites both cultures: The motives are from his present home, however, he depicts it in a quite Latin American way.
Estonia
Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 Estonia
Kris Lemsalu calls herself a punk, a pagan, a trickster, a feminist, and a sci-fi shaman. In her work Birth V she puts together all these predicates and assembles objects into totemic sculptures.
Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 Estonia
Wild is key in Kris Lemsalu’s work.
France
Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 Palazzo Mora
Arnaud Nazar-Aga’s Sumo Totem Vision is part of the big group exhibition Personal Structures which takes place i. a. at the Palazzo Mora on the Strada Nova and the Palazzo Bembo right next to the Rialto bridge.
Germany
Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
There are always these hidden stars causing a furor, and for me, this year, it was clearly Alexandra Bircken and her installation Escalation, consisting of destroyed motorcycles, ladders, and latex suites – arranged like an accident that…escalated.
Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 - Giardini
I also love her woven tribute to the German chancellor Angela Merkel and her signature hand posture.
Ghana
Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
Before I’ve read that Felicia Abban was Ghana’s first female professional photographer, I thought she was some kind of African Cindy Sherman. However, her selfies are way more sophisticated and original than all the crap you see on Instagram.
Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
….and then the good people in Ghana thought, why not just throw our world-renown megastar into the mix – and they sent a couple of El Anatsui’s fantastic fabrics made from lids and other tin waste.
Guadeloupe

Why François Piquet’s videos Pré-requis à la discussion décoloniale,
Prerequisites for decolonial discussion, are one of my favorite exhibits this year? Watch them and you shouldn’t wonder any longer. 

Guatemala
Venice Italy - Palazzo Albrizzi Capello
Elsie Wunderlich Interesting State deals with violance – mainly against women – ….
Venice Italy - Palazzo Albrizzi Capello
….and so does her compatriot Marco Manzo’s El Muro del Silencio, The Wall of Silence.
Venice Italy - Palazzo Albrizzi Capello
Detail from El Muro del Silencio, The Wall of Silence.
Iceland
Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 - Iceland
Chromo Sapiens by Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir aka Shoplifter. A huge woolen installation. Where are you – in a bewitched landscape? In a cozy womb? Well, the gentleman who made himself comfortable for what seemed to be an eternity certainly felt homely…
India
Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
Naavu, which translates to We Together, is a beautiful and touching installation by GR Iranna. Consisting of padukas, a cheap and traditional wooden footwear, she personalized many of them with individual pieces referring to their owner.
As a total, those padukas to me symbolize a march of the humble folks.
Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
Detail
Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
This year, there were so many great pieces from India – either at their pavilion or at group exhibitions – which really makes it difficult to pick the most impressive ones.
However, Shilpa Gupta’s For, in your tongue, I cannot fit carries, alas, an important message in times when writers and journalists are still being prosecuted. Her sound installation consists of 100 speakers, microphones, printed text, and metal stands. While you can listen to recitals of a different poet’s verse, the corresponding text is spiked on a stand.
All these authors were imprisoned for their poetry or politics.
The title, though, is inspired by the work of 14th-century Azerbaijani poet Imadaddin Nasimi.
Iran
Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 - Iran
I actually like monochrome paintings and installations. Especially grey makes you feel like living in a world of black and white; which I sometimes actually do, but that’s a whole different story.
I’m the greatest fan of Jan of de Beeck’s installations in gray, and Reza Lavassanis festive table reminded me of it.
What I love the most about his life-sized, immaculately crafted table is the fact that it’s entirely made of paper-mâché.
Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 - Iran
Detail
Iraq
Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 - Iraq
A different – and far less poetic – kind of sculpture was made by Iraqi-Kurdish artist Serwan Baran.
The reference to the military conflicts in his homeland is obvious – and the male predominance in this aggression reflected in the title Fatherland
Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 - Iraq
Masses of anonymous soldiers in the painting of the exhibition Fatherland
Israel
Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 - Giardini - Israel
Field Hospital X is a mobile, international institution, established by Aya Ben Ron based on her own trauma.
If you are a patient, you should be rewarded with peace of mind.
Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 - Giardini - Israel
Take a number and be patient; be a patient.
Italy
Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 - Building Bridges
Lorenzo Quinn Building Bridges. Another work that doesn’t need much explanation, I presume.
Ivory Coast
Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 - Ivory Coast
Tong Yanrunan’s diverse portraits.
Japan
Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
Mari Katayama was born with a congenital disorder that affects her shin and hand bones.  In her photography, she is using her body as her ‘canvas’ and decorates it with lace, shells, pearls, and crystals.
Kenya
Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
Painting by Michael Armitage. Just like Chen Chengwai, he merges the traditions of European techniques with the subjects and materials of his home country.
Kiribati
Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 - Kiribati
Visual artist Daniela Danica Tepes connects the work of her fellow artists in a very bemusing, interactive installation. However, the topic of this art project is climate change, a phenomenon that will strongly affect this Pacific island.
Korea
Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
Annika Yi’s very Asian work: Humongous, honey-colored cocoons.
Kosovo
Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
Alban Muja Family Album. One of the most touching exhibitions are the interviews with people from Kosovo on their experience as children during the Balkan war.
Luxemburg
Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
Marco Godinho has created the poetic installation Written by Water
Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
Macao
Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 - Macao
Heidi Lau created for her exhibition Apparition a variety of ingenious fabulous creatures.
Madagascar
Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
Joël Andrianomearisoa’s installation made entirely of black tissue paper and called I have forgotten the night is the first work from Madagascar being exhibited at a biennial in Venice.
Mexico
Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
In her work at the Arsenale, Teresa Margolles La Busqueda refers to the horrific femicide in Ciudad Juarez….
Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 - Giardini
…and in Muro Ciudad Juarez to drug-trafficking related crimes.
Netherlands
Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 - Giardini - Netherlands
Iris Kensmil, Dutch of Surinamese descent, wrote a book called Negroes are oké – and also her portraits deal with female black heritage.
Nigeria
Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
“None of us exist in a static state”, sais Nigerian Otobong Nkanga. Her work symbolizes that objects and actions do not exist in isolation: They are always in a way connected.
Peru
Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
Christian Bendayán’s work “Indios antropófagos”. A butterfly Garden in the (Urban) Jungle combines many topics and influences affecting his home region Iquitos – and uses tiles for presenting them, a material clearly imported to that region from Europe.
Philippines
Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
Mark O. Justiniani’s Island Weather should deepen our perception of nature, but quite honestly, it’s also just great fun walking on these pedestals, having the illusion one could just fall into infinity.
Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
Romania
Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 - Giardini -
Andra Ursuţa’s
Divorce Dump
are garbage bins apparently made of backbones and ribcages, filled with what’s left.
Russia
Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 - Ca Foscari Geli Korzhev
On the occasion of this year’s biennial, the Ca Foscari Esposizioni shows a retrospective of Gely Korzhev’s work called Back to Venice. While this is a Collateral, Korzhev represented the Soviet Union at the 31st biennial in 1962.
Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 - Ca Foscari Geli Korzhev
Saudi Arabia
Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
I’ve seen a couple of works made of clay bowls – this natural material always has something warm and cozy to it.
This year, Saudi Arabia is represented by Zahrah Al Ghamdi, who in her work  بعد توهم, After Illusion, captures the change of her surroundings and the familiarity.
Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
South Africa
Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
Zanele Muholi, famous for portraits of black lesbians exhibits what she always does: Portraits of black lesbians. And her portraits are what they always are: Beautiful, deep, and touching.
Spain
Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 - Giardini - Spain
A performative show by Itziar Okariz. Quite cool seeing the artist in action respectively in a dialog with a sculpture.
Sweden
Venice Italy - Punta della Dogana
Days of Inertia by Nina Canell is an absolutely enchanting installation at the Punta della Dogana venue: She lined large tiles to stop the water on them from running which leads to a fascinating effect.
Turkey
Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
Neverland: Halil Altındere’s topic is always refugee-related. Also for the biennial, he mounted a pavilion for the excluded – but it is only a Palladian facade propped up by scaffolding.
Ukraine
Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
Zhanna Kadyrova’s goods are truly sustainable: Everything is made of tiles – hence, will last forever.
Whether the farmers market at the Arsenale….
Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
These eggs won’t break so easily.
Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 - Giardini
….or the fashion collection at the Giardini….
Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 - Giardini
…..where the tile-laundry is even hanging to dry.
United Kingdom

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United States of America
Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 - Giardini
Alex da Corte’s The Decorated Shed is an exact replica of a miniature suburban American village, shown at the Giardini’s central pavilion.
Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
His crazy comic-movies are screened at the Arsenale.
Venice
Venice Italy - Giardini - Venetian Pavilion
Another pavilion where the fun steals the show from the deep meaning: Walking on water across Plastique Fantastique’s tunnel made of a thin, fragile membrane feels great.
Zimbabwe
Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 - Zimbabwe
Kudzanai Violet Hwami is one of four artists from Zimbabwe being introduced in the exhibition Soko Risina Musoro, The Tale without a Head. Hers is just excellent, bold painting – sometimes totally sufficient between all this originality and craziness.

 Tips on How to Visit

As I wrote above, the Biennale is basically divided in three parts. Firstly, there are the two official venues Arsenale and Giardini. Then, there are the country pavilions all over the city. Finally, you have the so-called Collaterali, major art exhibitions taking place at exclusive venues.

The Main Venues

To visit the Arsenale and the Giardini, obviously, you need to buy a ticket. However, there are different kinds of tickets – with or without guided tours and other extras.

In 2019, for the first time, I bought a so-called plus-ticket. While with the regular ticket, you have a one-time admission to each venue, the plus-ticket is good for multiple visits on three consecutive days.

In conclusion, I found it was not worth it. In fact, both venues are pretty far from the city center. Therefore, it’s wise to plan to spend an entire day at each of them. This way, you get to see everything during one visit and don’t need to come back.
On the other hand, the plus-ticket costs only 10 €uro more. So if you prefer to take it slow, it won’t really burn a hole in your pocket.

Venice Italy Biennale di Arte 2019 - Arsenale
Christoph Büchel’s Barca Nostra is, of course, the perfect artwork to be exhibited at the Arsenale right on the waterfront.

I absolutely recommend buying your ticket online since there might be rush hours. In that case, you’ll have to stand in line forever.
If you prefer to get a ticket on the spot, it is faster at the Giardini than at the Arsenale. At least according to my experience.

These two main venues close on Mondays. In contrast, many of the pavilions in the center close on Tuesday. 

The Country Pavilions

For the most part, there is no entrance fee to the country pavilions. Since they are spread across the entire city and beyond, the challenge is rather to find them in the narrow, hidden alleys of Venice.

However, the city pavilions are a very charming part of the Biennale. Hence, you have access to buildings that normally are not open to the public.

Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 - Palazzo Zenobia
The exhibition at the Palazzo Zenobia did not overwhelm me. However, the structures did.

Also, the combination of the old, deteriorating walls and ceilings and the sometimes hyper-modern art is very alluring.

The Collaterali

These are major art exhibitions, either presenting one famous, important artist or a group of artists in a themed exhibition.

Venice Italy - Punta della Dogana
Even if you don’t care one bit for the art, a visit to the Punta della Dogana venue should be on your list – if alone of the views.
Venice Italy - Punta della Dogana
You sure are rewarded for climbing up to the Punta della Dogana’s upper floor, the Belvedere.

Since the Collaterali are mostly taking place at exclusive art venues such as the Fondazione Prada, the François Pinault Foundation, or the Ca’ Foscari, you need a ticket to visit. In general, that’s not exactly cheap.

Venice Italy - Biennale di Arte 2019 - Espace Louis Vuitton
The Espace Louis Vuitton is a pleasant exception to the rule: The exhibitions on their upper floor can be visited for free. This is an installation Elsewhen by Philippe Parreno.

I gave you good basic information on when and how to visit the Biennale. However, you might wanna dig a bit deeper. For instance, you might need to know which ticket is the best for you, which exhibitions are on and more.

Obviously, the Biennale has an informative website where all of your most important questions will be answered.

Map

On this map, you get an overview where all these wonderful works can be found:

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