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Biennale Danza 2017: First Chapter
Dance 05 | 31 | 2017

Biennale Danza 2017: First Chapter

The 11th Intl. Festival of Contemporary Dance First Chapter kicks off on June 23, directed by Marie Chouinard Read More >>
Festa del Redentore 2017
La Biennale 06 | 09 | 2017

Festa del Redentore 2017

Fund-raising dinner for the ASAC-Historical Archives. Registration form to be sent no later than July 7th Read More >>

Biennale Card 2017

Discover benefits and buy your card!

Dedicated to professionals and art lovers interested in the initiatives organized by la Biennale di Venezia, the Card will enable holders to take advantage of a series of benefits covering all of the Biennale's activities.

History of the Venice Biennale

From the beginnings until the Second World War

1893: Headed by its mayor, Riccardo Selvatico, the Venetian City Council passed a resolution on 19th April to set up an Esposizione biennale artistica nazionale (biennial exhibition of Italian art), to be inaugurated on 22nd April 1894.

History of the Venice Biennale

From the post-war period to the reforms of 1973

1948: The International Art Exhibition reappeared - the first following the war and the fall of fascism - with a major exhibition of a recapitulatory nature. The Exhibition focused on the Impressionists and many protagonists of contemporary art.

History of the Venice Biennale

From the '70s to the reforms of 1998

1974: The four-year presidency of Carlo Ripa di Meana began (1974-1978). The International Art Exhibition was not held (it was resumed in 1976). Theatre and cinema events were held in October 1974 and 1975 under the title Libertà per il Cile (Freedom for Chile).

History of the Venice Biennale

Recent years (1999-2015)

1999: The new Biennale kicked off: the 48th International Art Exhibition APERTO Over All recovered the historical spaces of the Arsenale (Artiglierie, Isolotto, Tese, Gaggiandre). A new sector was created for live shows: DMT (Dance Music Theatre).