For over 120 years La Biennale di Venezia has set the benchmark for artistic trends. Exploring a variety of subjects and exhibiting hundreds of dynamic practices in national pavilions, this prestigious international event continues to captivate art audiences every two years in the inspiring setting of Venice. This year, the 57th International Art Exhibition, Viva Arte Viva, presents 120 artists, 86 national participations, and 23 collateral events until Sunday November 26, 2017 in the Arsenale, Giardini and locations throughout the watery city.
We can’t deny that the act of looking at art is an enjoyable pursuit. But actually being allowed to engage and become part of the work is something that everyone needs to try at least once in their lives. With an abundance of art to see in Venice this summer as part of the Biennale, we’ve rounded up the works that have to be experienced and touched.
As 87 national pavilions present work to over 500,000 visitors at the Giardini, Arsenale and numerous offsite locations, the Venice Biennale can seem overwhelming, so we’ve whittled down the choice to a manageable, yet enthralling pick of the ten best pavilions.
The Canadian artist, Geoffrey Farmer has transformed his country’s national pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale into a watery spectacle.
As the art world inaugurates the 57th edition of the Venice Biennale, Culture Trip takes a closer look at one of Venice’s most astounding sites.
Fondazione Berengo brings the Venetian tradition of glass art into the present day at Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti and the island of Murano.
Major new art project by Damien Hirst opens at the Pinault Collection’s two Venetian venues, Punta Della Dogna and Palazzo Grassi just ahead of the 57th Venice Biennale.
15 carefully-selected artists from the Antarctic Biennale will showcase their work in the Antarctic Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale.
Since 2003, the Pavilion of Turkey has featured temporary exhibitions by Turkish artists during the prestigious Biennale di Venezia. This year, the pavilion features the site-specific installation of Cevdet Erek that explores complex poetic and political concepts.
For the past 10 years, two fictional, technicolor trolls have become part of Egill Saebjörnsson’s artistic practice. As he represents Iceland at this year’s Venice Biennale the mountain trolls, Ugh and Bõögâr, have been wreaking havoc in the creation of the installation Out of Controll in Venice.
At a time when the world seems more politically and socially divided than ever, many artists and writers are channeling their frustrations into satirical comedy to raise awareness of these issues. One particularly good example is Nathaniel Mellors and Erkka Nissinen’s installation, The Aalto Natives for the Finnish pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale.
Featuring the work of Cody Choi and Lee Wan, The Republic of Korea’s National Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale illustrates the conflicts and dislocation in modern Korean identity in relation to the wider contemporary world.
Theatrum Orbis, the Russian Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale explores themes of power, virtuality and death through the works of celebrated and emerging artists and composers.
Gyula Várnai’s Peace On Earth! at the Hungarian Pavilion of the 57th Venice Biennale is an exploration of utopias, their failures and their credibility.
Ahead of the 57th Venice Biennale, 27 outstanding contemporary artists will collaborate with local Italian artisans to create new artworks in Murano glass – a historic Venetian tradition.
Coinciding with the opening of the 57th Venice Biennale, street artist Bambi opens her first Italian show in the watery city.
The 57th Venice Biennale takes place at various locations in Venice from until November 26, 2017.