La Biennale di Venezia
Venice, 13 May - 26 November 2017

Biennale Arte 2017

57th International Art Exhibition
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The 57th International Art Exhibition, titled Viva Arte Viva, is open to the public from Saturday May 13th to Sunday November 26th, at Arsenale and Giardini venues, and in several locations in Venice. The show features 120 invited artists, 103 of these are participating for the first time, 86 National Participations, Special Projects, and 23 Collateral Events.

The Exhibition offers a route that unfolds over the course of nine chapters or families of artists, beginning with two introductory realms in the Central Pavilion in the Giardini, followed by seven more realms to be found in the Arsenale and the Giardino delle Vergini. “Viva Arte Viva is an Exhibition inspired by humanism” - declared Christine Macel.


Viva Arte Viva

The artists

Viva Arte Viva is an exclamation, a passionate outcry for art and the state of the artist. Viva Arte Viva is a Biennale designed with artists, by artists and for artists

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Artist's Practice

More than 100 videos to get to know the artists of Viva Arte Viva

Artist’s Practice is a series of short videos made by the artists selected for Viva Arte Viva about themselves and their way of working. 

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Open Table

A lunch with the artists

Every week, during the six months of the exhibition, artists will host an Open Table (Tavola Aperta) and meet visitors over a casual lunch to hold a lively conversation about their practice.

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National Participations

The pluralism of voices which is a hallmark of La Biennale di Venezia

More than 80 Participating Countries in the historic Pavilions at the Giardini, at the Arsenale and in the historic city centre of Venice

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Pavilion of Applied Arts

Special Project

La Biennale di Venezia with Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Italian Pavilion

Il mondo magico

The Italian Pavilion at the Tese delle Vergini in the Arsenale, sponsored and promoted by the Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo, is curated by Cecilia Alemani

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Collateral Events

23 events set in several locations in Venice 

The Collateral Events enrich the diversity of voices that characterizes the International Art Exhibition of Venice

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Biennale Educational 

  • Schools
  • Children
  • Adults
  • Families
  • Professionals
  • Firms
  • Universities


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Open Table with Anne Imhof - Germany

A casual lunch shared with the artists, to hold a lively conversation about their practice.

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Art / Encounter


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Anne Imhof - Faust

Performance conceived by Anne Imhof for the German Pavilion.

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Giardini della Biennale

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