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As if the glories of its lagoons, canals and architecture weren't enough, Venice also plays host to one of Europe's premiere art exhibitions. Running from the 11th of May to the 24th of November in 2019, the biyearly Biennale Arte promotes the best in contemporary painting and sculpture with a series of events across the city.
The 58th International Art Exhibition is titled "May You Live In Interesting Times" and it is directed by Ralph Rugolff, the current director of the Hayward Gallery in London. The awards ceremony and inauguration were held on Saturday May 11th 2019.
The Exhibition develops from the Central Pavilion (Giardini), an open space originally created for the International Exhibition of 1865, to the Arsenale (Venice's historic military dockyards) and includes 79 participants from all over the world. Additionally, fringe events will be springing up all around the city centre.
The Venice Biennale 2019 also includes 89 National Participations in the historic Pavilions at the Giardini, at the Arsenale and in the historic city centre of Venice. Four countries are participating for the first time at the Biennale Arte: Ghana, Madagascar, Malaysia, and Pakistan.
The Italian Pavilion at the Tese delle Vergini in the Arsenale, sponsored and promoted by the Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali - Direzione Generale Arte e Architettura Contemporanee e Periferie Urbane, is curated this year by Milovan Farronato.
On Fridays and Saturdays there will be a series of lunchtime "open tables" in which artists and the public can meet for food, drink and "conversazione". Artists will also have the opportunity to make a short video about themselves and publish lists of their favourite books, which will be available to buy on site.
Moreover, an array of performance art events and a number of collaborative projects are due to take place in the Giardini area and its surroundings.
Plus tickets, that entitle to multiple visits for 3 consecutive days to each exhibition venue (Giardini and Arsenale; closing days excluded), cost 35 Euros (25 Euros for students and under 26). Regular tickets (one admission to each venue) cost 25 Euros (15 Euros concessions).
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