Venice Biennale

The Venice Biennale (La Biennale di Venezia) is one of the longest-running cultural festivals in the world. In 1895, the Venetian City Council Mayor wanted to establish a prestigious Italian and international art exhibition, so the first Venice Biennale was launched. Welcoming over 200,000 visitors during its opening year, it proved to be a huge success and the festival continues to thrive today.

It now attracts up to 600,000 international visitors each year. The world’s top curators organise ambitious exhibitions that are often considered to be highly political, provocative or groundbreaking. The Venice Biennale is renowned for setting new global trends and launching the international careers of many pioneering artists and architects. 

The 59th International Art Exhibition ran from 23 April to 27 November 2022 (pre-opening on 20, 21 and 22 April), curated by Cecilia Alemani. “As the first Italian woman to hold this position, I intend to give voice to artists to create unique projects that reflect their visions and our society”, Alemani has declared.

Cecilia Alemani is a curator who has organized many exhibitions of contemporary artists. She is currently Director and Chief Curator of High Line Art, the programme of public art of the urban park in New York, and is the past curator of the Italian Pavilion at the Biennale Arte 2017.


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