When: from 11 May to 24 November 2019

Where: Gardens (Sestiere Castello, Calle Giazzo, Venice); Arsenale (Sestiere Castello, Campo della Tana 2169/F)

Distance from Residence La Mason: 94 km, about 2 hours.


Biennale Arte 2019

The Biennale Arte in Venice, this year at its fifty-eighth edition, is held from 11 May to 24 November 2019.

The title, May You Live In Interesting Times, is ambiguous: although it may seem like a wish, it actually refers to an ancient Chinese curse, invoking periods of crisis, uncertainties and difficulties for enemies. A reference to contemporaneity is immediate: ours is certainly an interesting time, and the purpose of this exhibition is to provide viewers with tools to read and analyze the complexity of our threatening present. Ralph Rugoff, the curator, explains that this Biennale does not develop around a central theme, but it rather highlights an approach, a method to be adopted to observe reality from multiple points of view and to escape from simplification, trivialization and conformism.

The exhibition is the outcome of the collaboration of 90 countries, some of them for the first time, like Ghana, Madagascar, Malaysia and Pakistan.

In addition to the works of art displayed at the Arsenale and the Gardens, the Biennale is also complemented by twenty-one collateral events, which take place in numerous venues in Venice and are promoted by non-profit national and international institutions.

Information for visitors

The Biennale Arte 2019  in Venice is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00am to 6.00pm for both the Giardini and the Arsenale. The Arsenale is also open until 20.00 on Fridays and Saturdays until 5 October. Biennale is closed on Mondays, except for Monday 13 May, 2 September and 18 November.

The Biennale Arte offers different options for entry. It is possible to buy a Plus ticket, which is valid for 3 consecutive days for multiple entries in both exhibition venues: the price is € 35.00 (full price), or € 25.00 (reduced for students and under 26 ). The Regular ticket, instead, allows only one entry for each exhibition venue, also on non-consecutive days, at a cost of € 25.00 for a full ticket, € 20.00 for over 65s, € 16.00 for students and under 26, or € 48.00 with Formula 3, which includes the entry for 3 people of which at least one is under 16. Admission is free for children up to 6 years and for carers of people with certified disabilities.

It is possible to take part in a guided tour, in Italian and in English, at a cost of € 7.00 for each venue. Guided tours begin at 11.00am at the Gardens and at 2.00pm at the Arsenale; reservation is not required.
Tickets can be purchased at the entrance to the Biennale or at www.vivaticket.it.

For more information, please consult the official website.