3 - 6 November 2017
La Biennale di Venezia - The 57th International Art Exhibition, Viva Arte Viva... THE art event of 2017! We go see what all the fuss is about.
This years Exhibition includes 120 artists in the main section 'Viva Arte Viva', and 86 National Participations in the historic Pavilions at the Giardini, at the Arsenale and in the city centre of Venice.
Vive Arte Viva offers a route that unfolds over the course of nine chapters or families of artists, beginning with two introductory realms in the Central Pavilion in the Giardini, followed by seven more realms to be found in the Arsenale and the Giardino delle Vergini. There are 120 invited artists from 51 countries; 103 of these are participating for the first time.
“La Biennale must present itself as a place whose method—and almost raison d’être—is dedicated to an open dialogue between artists, and between artists and the public.”
“This year, direct encounters with the artists have assumed a strategic role, to the point of becoming one of the pillars of La Biennale, whose program is of unprecedented size and commitment. Our curator’s main Exhibition is surrounded by the 86 pavilions of participating countries, each with its own curator, which will once more bring to life the pluralism of voices which is a hallmark of La Biennale di Venezia.” Paolo Baratta
Our adventure started on the morning of Friday the 3rd... we drove to Stansted Airport with Carl and Annette to catch our midday flight. 1 hour and 45mins later we arrive at Treviso. A 1 hour bus trip to piazza Roma and we are ready to board a water taxi to Celestia, the closest stop to our Airbnb rental on the north of the Island. Linda and Fabio, our hosts, walked with us to our wonderful apartment - home for the next 3 nights. The house across two levels is fab, very comfortable and it also boasts a garden! We unpack quick to maximise exploring time. Soon, we are enjoying the narrow back streets and quiet canals. Heading west, we soon find a small bar where snacks and a few drinks are enjoyed. We continue west and soon arrive at Piazza San Marco. The moonlight lifts the damp cobbles, this City is always beautiful. Time to sleep, we have a huge amount of art to enjoy over the next two days!
Saturday the 4th - Up early, it's a pleasant enough day. We enjoy a hearty breakfast after a trip to the local supermarket to purchase a few essentials. After breakfast we explore a bit more of central Venice before purchasing some fish from the market that is close to Rialto - thats tea for the next two nights sorted. In the afternoon we purchase our two event ticket and start with the Giardini. Spectacular art as always...
10 out of 10