Venice Biennale 2017: 57th International Art Exhibition

by Web Editor
Paolo Baratta e Christine Macel, photo Jacopo Salvi, courtesy La Biennale di Venezia


13 May 2017 - 26 Nov 2017


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Last updated on 2 May 2017

The Biennale of Art  is a contemporary visual art exhibition originated in 1893 as a result of a City Council ruling which proposed an art exhibit to commemorate King Umberto and Margherita of Savory. Now held in odd-numbered years, the Biennale of Art in Venice features various types of works of art from around the world.

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Find on Where Venice all details about Venice Biennale 2017 (the 57th International Art Exhibition)

Title: Viva Arte Viva
Curator: Christine Macel, curator of Centre Pompidou in Paris
Pavilions: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Catalonia, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Grenada, Hong Kong, Iceland, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latin America – IILA, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malta, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nordic Pavilion, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, USA, Wales

As the title of the 57th edition Venice Biennale testifies, Viva Arte Viva is a celebration of artists’ passion for art, with a specific focus on young artists, whose creations are seldom underestimated. Out of the 120 artists who have been invited to the exhibition, 103 are participating for the first time. Some are ‘discoveries’; many others, at least for this year’s edition, are ‘rediscoveries’. “These courageous choices,” explains Macel, “are also a concrete expression of our confidence in the world of art.” Featuring the participation of over 87 countries with dedicated pavilions, the exhibition path is developed around 9 clusters or groups of artists spread over the central pavilions in the Giardini dell’Arsenale (gardens of the Arsenale), the central areas of the Arsenale and the spectacular Giardino delle Vergini. As for the previous editions of the event, the presence of different countries provides insightful highlights on the interpretation of art in different areas of the world with a cosmopolite approach.

Side events of the 57th Venice Biennale

A series of themed side events completes the programme, featuring round tables with one of the artists every Friday and Saturday on for public viewing at the Central Pavilion of the gardens and at the Sale d’Armi of the Arsenale and available on live streaming on the official Venice Biennale website.
Moreover, the 2017 edition has been enhanced by the newly introduced La Mia Biblioteca project, enabling artists participating in the Biennale to gather all their favourite books into one iconic destination and share knowledge in the sector.
During the opening period of the Biennale connected events in the sector of figurative arts are held, including the International Festival of Contemporary Dance, the International Festival of Theatre and the well-known International Venice Film Festival, now on its 74th edition, as well an educational section including guided tours and workshops.

Depending on the event of interest.

Depending on the event of interest.

The Biennale of Art is spread over different locations including The Arsenale, its Central and Italian pavilions, the National Pavilion and the gardens (see them all at