Make the most of Venice Biennale 2019

One of the major events in the art field held every two years in various locations around the Venetian Arsenale. From the spectacular Central Pavilion (Giardini) to the Arsenale, the exhibition usually features the work of roughly 50 participants from various countries.

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Photo Credit: labiennale

Since the first edition, the event has been a huge success, bringing together thousands of art and architecture lovers and enthusiasts of social phenomena from across the globe. The Biennale of Art 2019 - 58th edition Ralph Rugoff will be the curator of the Biennale Arte 2019. The event title is May You Live in Interesting Times, a phrase of English invention that has long been mistakenly cited as an ancient Chinese curse that invokes periods of uncertainty, crisis and turmoil; “interesting times”, exactly as the ones we live in today.

In his statement, Rugoff said art all on its own cannot stop the rise of nationalism, end authoritarian governments, or help those who have been displaced. “But in an indirect fashion,” he said, “perhaps art can be a kind of guide for how to live and think in ‘interesting times.’ The 58th International Art Exhibition will not have a theme per se, but will highlight a general approach to making art and a view of art’s social function as embracing both pleasure and critical thinking.”

Photo Credit: Venezida Vivere

Photo Credit: Venezida Vivere

May You Live in Interesting Times will aim to welcome its public to an expansive experience of the deep involvement, absorption and creative learning that art makes possible. This will entail engaging visitors in a series of encounters that are essentially playful, taking into account that it is when we play that we are most fully ‘human.’ This will mean tweaking aspects of the Exhibition format where possible to make sure they are sympathetically aligned with the character of the art being presented.”


The main exhibition venues of the event are two: the Giardini and the Arsenale. In addition to the two official venues, Venice houses dozens of collateral events taking place inside the palaces scattered around the city. All the collateral events are free of charge and you can read the complete the list of the events in the post I dedicated to the last Venice Biennale.

Photo Credit: Halcyon Gallery

Photo Credit: Halcyon Gallery

Visiting the Biennale in one day and being clear-headed enough to understand something, is impossible. You need 2 days to see everything calmly; instead, you need 3 days to enjoy collateral events, too. If you have only one day, you’d better dedicate yourself only to the Giardini venue, or to the Arsenale venue.

Full regular tickets cost € 25, but there are different types of tickets and different ticket prices, according to your needs. To know which kind of ticket you can buy and where you can buy it, read the post dedicated to the tickets of the last Venice Biennale.

Photo Credit: Toby Webster

Photo Credit: Toby Webster

For those who visit the Venice Biennale there are two easy mistakes to make, which could make you lose a lot of time. The first mistake is not taking the vaporetto (ferry boat) because it’s too expensive- But in Venice the distances are enormous, and you may run the risk of arriving already tired at the exhibition venue.

The second mistake is not bringing something to eat with you, at least a snack. Inside the Biennale there are places to eat and drink, but you may wait for a long time some days. Beginning your visit early is certainly the best choice, and then you can stop for a short pause, and have a toast and a coffee in the early afternoon, when the hungry crowd will have disappeared.