The Venice Art Biennale can be considered one of the most important contemporary art exhibitions in the world and takes place every 2 years from May to November.
The title of the exhibition “May You Live In Interesting Times” can be interpreted, according to President of the Biennale Paolo Baratta, as a curse referring to times of uncertainty and unrest in which we are currently living but also as an invitation to use creativity as an antidote to conformism.
This year’s exhibition, curated by Ralf Rugoff, director of the Hayward Gallery in London, is open until November 24 2019 and includes 79 artists from all over the world.
Entrance tickets are valid for both the Giardini, site of the first Biennale in 1895 with the Central Pavilion and 29 of the historical country pavilions, and the Arsenalewhere you can find the other international pavilions and the Italian Pavilion.
In addition, there are numerous country pavilions throughout the city, most of them with free entrance.
Interesting fact is that in this year’s exhibition half of the artists are women and under 40, almost all the works have been made after 2010 and have never been exhibited before.
Guided tours are available and also activities for families with kids where the expert guides will choose the best artworks for children and involve them in their explanations. Average duration of the tour is approx. 1.5 hours
Board your private boat with a skilled captain for a 4 hour cruise of the Venice lagoon, discovering Churches & Cloisters:
In the past many islands have been colonized by religious congregations. Just across San Marco’s basin lies the island of San Giorgio Maggiore. The beautiful Palladian façade of the church invites people to visit the whole island, also called the “cypress island” as the first settlement of a Benedictine community. The island offers a breathtaking view of Venice from the top of the bell tower.
Proceeding towards Lido meet a little jewel of the lagoon, the island of San Lazzaro degli Armeni, dedicated to St Lazarous, patron of leprous, in fact the island was first a leper hospital. After centuries of decay, at the beginning of the 18th century, a community of Armenian monks settled here and they turned the old building into a monastery. The islands became an incredible cultural centre, world famous for the collection of books and the typography opened in 1789.
Heading north, after passing by the islands of Sant’Andrea and Sant’Erasmo, the next stop is the island of San Francesco del Deserto, recognizable by a small cypress wood. Since 1227 it has housed a friary founded by San Francesco from Assisi on his way back from the Holy Land during the 5th crusade. It is here that the “Miracle of the birds” took place. The tour starts from the little church and small cloister to a stroll in the beautiful garden.
The 1964 Cabin Cruiser Bora was totally renovated in 2015, maximum capacity 6 persons (including captain and guide) The boat features padded seating and sundeck areas, fresh water shower, private toilet, mineral water and Audio Sound System.
This tour can also be organized for larger groups.