La Biennale di Venezia - Arsenale, Venice

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With a focus on contemporary art from all around the world, La Biennale di Venezia - Arsenale began in 1895. Currently, private dealers connect buyers with artists here and at the nearby and concurrent Art Basel. National pavilions offer art from each of about 50 or more different countries. Unofficial pavilions spring up alongside the government-sponsored venues. Book your tickets online to avoid an entrance line, and bring picnic food and water. Use our Venice travel planner to visit La Biennale di Venezia - Arsenale on your trip to Venice, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • The Biennale has grown into such a large international art fair that it has sprung out of its two main venues, Arsenale and Giardini, and there are art shows across Venice in a variety of different...  more »
  • The question is not if this is or if this is not, art. The question here is : is This kind of art enjoyable. And the answer is; not really !  more »
  • So so fun, you could spend an entire day here if you're an art nerd. Great diversity of contemporary artists from around the world. Good mix of traditional visual arts (painting, photography) and mixed media art, including videos (with places to sit and watch), audio, flashing lights, holograms, and moving pieces within the artwork. You definitely won't be disappointed to spend even a couple hours here, and it's welcoming and inspiring whether you're an art nerd or just heard of the Biennale and wanted to go.
  • A port. One of the greatest interdisciplinary showcases of modern art. A must for every set of curious eyes and artist minds. I recommend you not walk it all in one day, take yourself a couple so you can take it all in, i imagine it to be rather overwhelming otherwise.

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