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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  • We had a fall in the Philippine pavilion that ruined our trip. It is an installation with three gigantic light boxes, a set of mirrors that simulate infinity. You had to get on, so you lost your sense of space. The rest was dark, with black edges. A bad step and you end up on the ground with a height of between 50 and 60 cm.
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  • I visited the biennial with my daughter, and I must say that we were not thrilled. Many of the works I found ridiculous to say the least. I wonder how certain choices are made. I don't pretend to be a great expert, but certainly this exhibition didn't give me much. Of the biennial I only enjoyed the location, because Venice is unique. Another negative note the toilets. Those inside the gardens were dirty, there's no soap dispenser, it sucks. At 5:45 p.m., they started driving people away from the pavilions. Practically the closing time of 6 pm is "anticipated" by 15 minutes.... After spending a total of .25 on the entrance I would have gladly visited another pavilion, 10 minutes would have sown.
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  • 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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