The UAE announces a long-term hospitality agreement reached with la Biennale di Venezia for a “Permanent Pavilion” in the Arsenale – Sale d’Armi.

The exhibition is being held from
1 June – 24 November, 2013.


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About The International Art Exhibition

The International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia is the largest non-commercial international showcase of contemporary art in the world.  This biannual fair features nationally hosted pavilions located throughout the city of Venice. Approaching its 55th run, the Venice Biennale has shown the world’s most acclaimed artists since 1895 and has become a world-wide cultural event that attracts a variety of publics, as well as the most influential players in the art world throughout the 6 months of the exhibition. The exhibition is being held from June 1 through November 24, 2013, under the supervision of Director Massimiliano Giorni.

The Venice Biennale has a deeply rooted history. It began when the Venetian City Council established an Esposizione biennale artistica nazionale (Bi-annual Exhibition of Italian Art) in 1894. Since then, this exhibition has consistently occurred every two years, apart from two short breaks during the first and second world wars and draws over 900,000 people to Venice’s doorsteps. Over the years, the Biennale transformed into “the” quintessential international contemporary art event, drawing innovative and high profile artists from across the world to show at national pavilions.

All of Venice is transformed by the Biennale. The main venues for Venice Biennale are the Giardini (the gardens) and the Arsenale (restored warehouse buildings surrounding the historic shipyards of the Venetian Republic). The Giardini site houses the Italian Pavilion and 29 permanent national pavilion, built at various periods by the participating countries themselves while the Arsanale is used for sections of the main exhibition and for more national pavilions. There are also several independent spaces presented by various countries spread out throughout Venice and many other collateral events. Pavilions have full autonomy to curate their own spaces and may feature solo artists or present a group of artists. The art on show spans the full spectrum of art-making from drawing, painting, sculpture and installation art to film and performance art.

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