The Title of the 55. International Art Exhibition evokes the Italo-American artist Marino Auriti's project, who on November 16, 1955 filed a design with the US Patent office depicting his Encyclopedic Palace, an imaginary museum that was meant to house all worldly knowledge, bringing together the greatest discoveries of the human race, from the wheel to the satellite.
The curator Massimiliano Gioni is inspired by this plan - of course never carried out - to develop an exhibition which puts on display the constant challenge of reconciling the self with the universe, the subjective with the collective, the specific with the general, condensing these "flights of imagination" through contemporary artworks with historical artifacts and found objects.
“With The Encyclopedic Palace, Massimiliano Gioni reflects on artist's creative urges and seems to push the question even further: what is the artists' world?”
Over one hundred and fifty artists from more than thirty-eight countries exhibit contemporary artworks, historical artifacts and found objects
88 Pavilions, first participation for 10 Countries: Angola, Bahamas, Kingdom of Bahrain, Republic of Ivory Coast, Republic of Kosovo, Kuwait, the Maldives, Paraguay, Tuvalu, and the Holy See
Non profit national and international Institutions, present their exhibitions and initiatives in various locations within the city
The Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement of the Biennale Arte 2013 has been awarded to Maria Lassnig and Marisa Merz