Events, Festivals and Exhibitions

Venice Biennale 2024 (La Biennale di Venezia)

20 April - 24 November


Venice Biennale is one of the major cultural events in the world spanning arts, music theatre and film.

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From April to November, the Venice Biennale (la Biennale di Venezia in its original Italian, and in English also called the Venice Biennial) is one of the world’s most prestigious cultural happenings, famous for displaying new trends and launching the international careers of many an artist and architect.

For every new edition, the management of the Venice Biennale select top curators from all over the world to organise the Biennale’s pioneering art exhibitions.

The first Venice Biennale was held in 1895 with long pauses during both world wars. Today a distinction is made between the different art disciplines: visual arts, architecture, music, theatre and dance. The art biennale is held on odd-numbered years and the architectural biennale on even-numbered years, while the famous film festival is held every year.

The Gaggiandre in Venice
The Gaggiandre, two 16th century shipyards at the Arsenale. Photo by Andrea Avezzù

For another arts extravaganza further from home, check out the Setouchi Triennale in Japan.

The Pharos Flower
Narine Arakelian’s “The Pharos Flower”

Special events during the Venice Biennale 2022

Seven special events will take place at different periods (this will be updated for the 2024 Biennale):

  • 59th International Art Exhibition entitled The milk of dreams (23 April to 27 November 2022).
  • An immersive installation by Ophicina and Damiano Michieletto, Archèus. Labirinto Mozart (18 February to 5 June, 2022).
  • Classics out of the Show will be held in Venice from 10 February to 26 May, every Thursday at 7 pm, featuring restored master films.
  • 50th International Theatre Festival from 24 June to 3 July 2022, under the direction of Stefano Ricci and Gianni Forte.
  • 16th International Festival of Contemporary Dance from 22 to 31 July 2022, directed by Wayne McGregor.
  • 79th Venice International Film Festival directed by Alberto Barbera will take place on the Lido di Venezia from 31 August to 10 September 2022.
  • 66th International Festival of Contemporary Music from 14 to 25 September 2022, directed by Lucia Ronchetti

Take a short time trip through the Venice Film Festival poster art over the years.

Where are the exhibition areas of the Venice Biennale?

The Venice Biennale is situated at two locations in the eastern part of Venice: the Arsenale, and the Giardini in the area of the city called Castello.

The Arsenale used to be the largest pre-industrial production centre in the world and has been transformed into a 50,000 sqm exhibition space. The Giardini, which is a park-like area, hosts the central pavilion together with 29 national pavilions that represent specific countries or regions. These pavilions are permanent and managed by the ministries of culture of their respective countries.

Countries that do not have their own pavilion host their exhibitions in different buildings scattered across the historical city. This edition will see 90 nations featured at the Biennale with five new first-time countries Ghana, Algeria, Madagascar, Malaysia and Pakistan.

Venice Biennale Italy
Overview of the Arsenale. Photo by Andrea Avezzù.

The Giardini reflects to a great extend the geopolitical relationships of the 20th century, but it is also a place that has undergone a profound transformation during the last 100 years. Originally, the country pavilions were meant as exhibition places based on 19th century concepts of nationalism.

During the 20th century, these views made room for an unconditional belief in the universal values of modernism. Today shows that both views are outdated, with a permanent flux of humans and objects breaking through national boundaries, leading to the creation of new identities. Places and societies now mix and interweave with one another in our globalised world.

When is the Venice Biennale?

The Venice Biennale Arte 2024 runs from 20 April to 24 November 2024 in the Giardini and the Arsenale.

To make your visit worthwhile, it’s best to reserve at least five days, unless you have put together in advance your own curated list of your favourite spots to visit.

Venice Biennale Italy
Njideka Akunyili Crosby, “And We Begin To Let Go”, 2013.
Tickets and prices for the Venice Biennale 2024

Tickets are available here. Cost for the Venice Biennale Arte 2022 is €65, discounts €50

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For more information on the Venice Biennale 2021:

Visit the Biennale’s official website for full details on programming, venues, ticketing etc.

Cover image: Gonzalez-Foerster, Dominique: “Cosmorama”. All images courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia.


20 April
24 November


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