This collection preserves the documentation produced by the Biennale, starting from the First International Art Exhibition in 1895: institutional documents, regulations, minutes, acts regarding the preparation of the events, correspondence with artists, collections, projects for the construction and modification of the various venues (pavilions, film theatre, recently restored spaces of the Arsenale, etc.), financial accounting and annual balance sheets.
The archives consist in approximately 3,000,000 documents dating from 1895 to the Eighties. All material subsequent to that date (approximately 5,000 envelopes) is currently being organized and inventoried. All the most important series are complete with inventory.