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Venice Biennale of Art 2022 The Milk of Dreams

Venice Biennale of Art: artists of padillions, hours, periods, dates, cost of the tickets and expositions' seats at Arsenale and Giardini.

Venice Biennale of Art
59th Venice Biennale of Art - Gardens, Corderie, Arsenale - City of Venice

Exhibition in progress from April 23rd to November 27th 2022

News on 59th Venice Art Biennale

– The awards of the 59th Biennial: Winner of the Golden Lion is the Pavilion of Great Britain with
Sonia Boyce: Feeling Her Way

Two special mentions were attributed to the Pavilion of France and Uganda.
Golden Lion for the best participant in the 59th Biennale Arte Simone Leigh.
Silver Lion for the best participant in the 59th Biennale Arte in Ali Cherri.

– from Saturday 23 April to Sunday 27 November 2022, International Art Exhibition entitled The milk of dreams, curated by Cecilia Alemani, organized by the Venice Biennale chaired by Roberto Cicutto. The pre-opening will take place on 20, 21 and 22 April, the awards ceremony and inauguration will take place on 23 April 2022.

– There are 5 countries present for the first time at the Art Biennale: the Republic of Cameroon, Namibia, Nepal, the Sultanate of Oman and Uganda.
Republic of Kazakhstan, Republic of Kyrgyzstan, Republic of Uzbekistan for the first time with its own pavilion.

– Announced the finalist projects for the 1st edition of Biennale College Arte: Simnikiwe Buhlungu 1995, Ambra Castagnetti 1993, Andro Eradze 1993, Kudzanai-Violet Hwami 1993

The 59° Biennale Arte of Venice

The 59th Biennale Arte will open to the public on 23 April. But on the 20th, 21st and 22nd there will be the various openings and collateral events that always suddenly animate the Venetian artistic life. The awards ceremony will take place on the day of the opening to the public.

The title of the 59th edition of the Biennale d'Arte is Il Latte dei Sogni that means The Milk of Dreams.

"The exhibition The milk of dreams takes its title from a book of fairy tales by Leonora Carrington (1917-2011) - explains Cecilia Alemani - in which the surrealist artist describes a magical world in which life is constantly reinvented through the prism of imagination and in which it is allowed to change, to transform, to become other than oneself. The exhibition The milk of dreams chooses Carrington's fantastic creatures, along with many other figures of transformation, as companions on an imaginary journey through the metamorphosis of the bodies and definitions of the human.

The exhibition stems from the numerous conversations that have taken place with many female artists in recent months. From these dialogues many questions have persistently emerged that not only evoke this precise historical moment in which the very survival of humanity is threatened, but also summarize many other issues that have dominated the sciences, arts and myths of our time.

How the definition of human is changing? What are the differences that separate the vegetable, the animal, the human and the non-human? What are our responsibilities towards our fellowmen, other life forms and the planet we inhabit? And what would life be like without us?

These are some of the questions that guide this edition of the Biennale Arte, whose research focuses in particular on three thematic areas: the representation of bodies and their metamorphoses; the relationship between individuals and technologies; the bonds that intertwine between bodies and the Earth."

The exhibition will be divided between the Central Pavilion in the Giardini and the Arsenale, including 213 artists from 58 countries. There are 26 Italian artists, 180 the first participations in the International Exhibition, 1433 the works and objects on display, 80 new productions.

Curator of the 59th Venice Art Biennale

The 2022 edition is curated by Cecilia Alemani.

Cecilia Alemani, curator of the 59th Venice Art Biennale

Since 2011 she has been the director and chief curator of High Line Art, the public art program presented by the High Line, the famous elevated urban park built on an abandoned New York railroad. In addition to commissioning and producing ambitious projects with some of today's most influential artists, including El Anatsui, John Baldessari, Phyllida Barlow, Carol Bove, Sheila Hicks, Rashid Johnson, Barbara Kruger, Faith Ringgold, Ibrahim Mahama, Ed Ruscha, Nari Ward and Adrián Villar Rojas, Alemani also launched the High Line Plinth, a new program of monumental works inaugurated in June 2019 with Brick House, a sculpture by artist Simone Leigh and followed by Sam Durant's Untitled (drone).

Internation Jury of 59° Biennale Arte of Venice

- President of the Jury: Adrienne Edwards. Engell Speyer Curator and director of curatorial affairs at the Whitney Museum of American Art and co-curator of the Whitney Biennial 2022.
- Lorenzo Giusti. Director of the GAMeC of Bergamo. Art historian and curator.
- Julieta González. Artistic director of the Inhotim Institute in Brazil. Curator and researcher.
- Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung. Free lance curator, writer and biotechnologist. Founder and artistic director of SAVVY Contemporary in Berlin.
- Susanne Pfeffer. Director of the MUSEUM MMK FÜR MODERNE KUNST in Frankfurt. She was director of the Fridericianum (2013-2017).

Catalog of the 59th Venice Art Biennale

Volume I of the Catalog is dedicated to the International Exhibition, curated by Cecilia Alemani. The volume includes, in addition to the original contribution of the Curator, a large series of illustrations and critical essays by a group of writers and thinkers today at the forefront. Each artist is introduced by a critical text, as well as by an iconographic apparatus.

Volume II of the Catalog presents the National Participations and Collateral Events of the 59th International Art Exhibition. It includes richly illustrated texts that explore the various projects on display in Venice from 23 April to 27 November 2022.

volumes published by La Biennale di Venezia can be purchased in the exhibition bookshops and in the main bookstores in Italy and abroad.

Go to the page of Italian Pavilion

Artists and Nations participating in the 59th Venice Art Biennale

The invited artists are 213 from 58 countries. There are 26 Italian artists, 180 the first participations in the International Exhibition, 1433 the works and objects on display, 80 new productions.

In all, 80 nations will participate in the Venice Biennale in the pavilions at the Giardini, the Arsenale and in the historic center of Venice.

There are 5 countries present for the first time at the Art Biennale: the Republic of Cameroon, Namibia, Nepal, the Sultanate of Oman and Uganda.
Republic of Kazakhstan, Republic of Kyrgyzstan, Republic of Uzbekistan for the first time with its own pavilion.

The 59th Venice Biennale of Art will, as always, present the participating nations in the exhibition space of the National Pavilions at the Giardini and the Arsenale; but also the historic center of Venice will be in the front row in an exhibition that will involve the whole city in a scattered order that lists more than 50 exhibition venues.

All the Pavilions of Venice Biennale of Art

Pavilions of 59th Biennale Arte of Venice

Albanian Pavilion Lumturi Blloshmi. From the beginning
Australian Pavilion Desastres
Austrian Pavilion Invitation of the Soft Machine and Her Angry Body Parts
Azerbaijani Pavilion Born to Love
Brazilian Pavilion Com o coração saindo pela boca
British Pavilion Feeling Her Way
Bulgarian Pavilion Com o coração saindo pela boca
Canadian Pavilion 2011 ≠ 1848
Chilean Pavilion Turba Tol Hol-Hol Tol
Danish Pavilion We Walked the Earth
Deutsch Pavilion Relocating a Structure
Estonian Pavilion Orchidelirium: An Appetite for Abundance
Finnish Pavilion Close Watch
French Pavilion Dreams Have No Titles
Ghanian Pavilion is Black Star — The Museum as Freedom
Greek Pavilion Oedipus In Search Of Colonus
Guatemalan Pavilion Inclusion
Hungarian Pavilion After dreams: i dare to defy the damage
Icelandic Pavilion Perpetual Motion
Irish Pavilion Gather
Italian Pavilion History of the Night and Destiny of Comets
Japanese Pavilion Dumb Tupe New Work 2022
Latvia Pavilion Selling Water by the River
Luxemburgish Pavilion Faraway So Close
Mexican Pavilion Hasta que los cantos broten
Mongolian Pavilion A Journey Through Vulnerability
Philippines Pavilion We Walked the Earth
Sami Pavilion Nordic Countries The Sami Pavilion
Saudi Arabia Pavilion After Illusion  بعد   توهم
Syrian Arab Republic Pavilion The Syrians People: a common Destiny
Spanish Pavilion Correción
Swiss Pavilion The Concert
Ugandam Pavilion Radiance, They Dream in Time
Ukrainian Pavilion is Fountain of Exhaustion. Acqua Аlta
Us Pavilion Sovereignty
Uzbekistan Pavilion Dixit Algorizmi. Il Giardino della Conoscenza
Venezuelan Pavilion Tierra, País, Casa, Cuerpo

Collateral events of the 59th Venice Art Biennale

The Venice Biennale also includes a catalog of events, proposed by international bodies and institutions, which will set up their exhibitions and their initiatives in Venice at the same time as the 58th International Art Exhibition in Venice.

There are 31 collateral events in the city of the 2022 Art Biennale.

Biennale Sessions

Also this year the Biennale Sessions project designed for Universities, Academies and institutions operating in research and education in the field of arts and architecture. The project aims to facilitate visits to groups of at least 50 students and teachers by providing assistance in organizing travel and accommodation in Venice; but also to organize free seminars at the Biennale.

All the Pavilions of Venice Biennale of Art

Exhibition seat at Giardini Art Biennale

The headquarters of the Gardens represents the core of the Biennale Exhibition since the first edition that was held in 1985. The Biennale Gardens are part of the Napoleonic Gardens - the other part is intended for public green - made between 1807 and 1812 on a project of the neoclassical architect Giannantonio Selva (1751 - 1819) demolishing the churches of San Domenico and Sant'Antonio.
The first construction of the Central Pavilion was followed by the National Pavilions built starting in 1907 and the quai were signed by internationally recognized artists and architects. Inside the Gardens, apart from the numerous national pavilions, there are also monuments dedicated to Italian and 20th century figures of culture and politics.

Exhibition Pavillions of the Giardini

- Italian Pavilion
- 29 National Halls
- Stirling Pavilion or Book
- Biennale Library with over 150 thousand volumes

The National Pavilions were all built on the initiative of the individual nations of the Biennale according to the following order:

1907: Belgium (Léon Sneyers)
1909: Hungary (Géza Rintel Maróti), restored by Benkhard August in 1958
1909: Germany (Daniele Donghi), demolished and rebuilt in 1938 (Ernst Haiger)
1909: Great Britain (Edwin Alfred Rickards)
1912: France (Umberto Bellotto)
1912: Holland (Gustav Ferdinand Boberg), demolished and rebuilt in 1953 (Gerrit Thomas Rietveld)
1914: Russia (Aleksej V. Scusev)
1922: Spain (Javier De Luque) with a façade renovated in 1952 by Joaquin Vaquero Palacios
1926: Czech Republic and Slovak Republic (Otakar Novotny)
1930: United States of America (Chester Holmes Aldrich and William Adams Delano)
1932: Denmark (Carl Brummer) expanded in 1958 by Peter Koch
1932: Venice Pavilion (Brenno Del Giudice), enlarged in 1938
1934: Austria (Josef Hoffmann)
1934: Greece (M. Papandréou - B. Del Giudice)
1952: Israel (Zeev Rechter)
1952: Switzerland (Bruno Giacometti)
1954: Venezuela (Carlo Scarpa)
1956: Japan (Takamasa Yoshizaka)
1956: Finland (Alvar Aalto Pavilion)
1958: Canada (BBPR Group, Gian Luigi Banfi, Ludovico Barbiano di Belgiojoso, Enrico Peressutti, Ernesto Nathan Rogers)
1960: Ex-warehouse of the Biennale awarded to Uruguay
1962: Nordic countries: Sweden, Norway, Finland (Sverre Fehn)
1964: Brazil (Amerigo Marchesin)
1987: Australia (Philip Cox), rebuilt in 2015 (J.Denton, B.Corker, B.Marshall)
1995: Korea (Seok Chul Kim and Franco Mancuso)

Services of the exhibition seat of the Biennale Giardini

- Bar
- Restaurant
- Bookshop
- Info point
- Free cloakroom service
- Free stroller rental
- Changing table
- Pets are allowed on a small leash in the green area of the Giardini

How to reach the Venice Biennale Giardini

From Piazzale Roma and the Ferrovia the Gardens of the South Biennale can be reached by vaporetto with lines 4.1, 5.1, 6 (the fastest), 1 with Giardini Stop.
From Rialto you can arrive by vaporetto with lines 1 with Giardini stop or 2 to San Marco and then change lines from San Marco (see below).
From Piazza San Marco you can reach the vaporetto with lines 4.1, 5.1, 1 with Giardini stop or walk along Riva degli Schiavoni in 15 minutes or by bus.

Exhibition seat of the Arsenale Art Biennale

The Arsenale, following an important recovery project, began hosting the Biennale of Art from 1980; over the years, moreover, the Arsenale space has been enlarged adding more spaces: the Teatro alle Tese and the Piccolo Arsenale Theater (2000), the Giardino delle Vergini (2009), the Sale d'Armi (2015).

Arsenal exhibition spaces

- Italian Pavilion
- National Pensions
- Corderie
- Teatro alle Tese
- Piccolo Arsenale Theater
- Giardino delle Vergini
- Sale d'Armi
- Artillery
- Ponte dei Pensieri
- Isolotto
- Gaggiandre
- Fonderie and Bombarde

Arsenal exhibition space services

- Bar
- Restaurant
- Bookshop
- Info point
- Free cloakroom service
- Free stroller rental
- Changing table
- Breastfeeding space and baby food
- Family space
- Access with animals is not permitted

How to reach the Venice Arsenale

From Piazzale Roma and the Ferrovia the south Arsenale can be reached by vaporetto with lines 4.1, 1 and Arsenale stop or on foot from Riva degli Schiavoni and Giardini (line 6) in a few minutes on foot.
From Rialto you can arrive by vaporetto with lines 1 with Arsenale stop or 2 to San Marco and then change lines from San Marco (see below).
From Piazza San Marco you can reach the vaporetto with lines 4.1, 1 with Arsenale stop or walk along Riva degli Schiavoni in 15 minutes or by bus.

History of the Art Biennale

In 1890 Riccardo Selvatico (1849 - 1901), Italian playwright and poet, then just elected mayor of Venice (1890 - 1895), in synergy with other cultural figures such as the politician Antonio Fradeletto, the painter Mario de Maria (1852 - 1924), he began to define the project of a contemporary biennial art exhibition that could give Venice a centrality in the world and in the world art market.

With the former mayor Lorenzo Tiepolo, thanks to the activism of the Fradelettto and the councilor for the public education Giovanni Bordiga, future founder of the IUAV (1926) and first president of the Art Biennale not to be mayor of the city (1849 - 1901), the first National Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture was organized in 1887; this event was the detonator for the creation of the future Venice Art Biennale.

The Municipal Council, chaired by the Selvatico, in 1893 decided to set up the National Biennial Art Exhibition to be inaugurated on 22 April 1894. However, the exhibition venue was decided for the Napoleonic Gardens where the Exposition Palace was erected on the project of the architect Enrico Trevisanato, and intervention in the neoclassical façade of the Venetian painter Marius De Maria. The Palace was first called "Pro Arte", then Palazzo Italia.
The doors of the I International Exhibition of Art in the city of Venice, in the presence of the sovereigns Umberto I and Margherita di Savoia, finally opened on April 30, 1895 to an audience that immediately proved to be voracious of art so much that the first edition came to score the incredible number of 224 thousand visitors.

During the first editions, and then partly until the nineties of the twentieth century, foreign participants were hosted at Palazzo Italia. The first to build their pavilion were the Belgians with the architect Léon Sneyers in 1907. They followed Hungary (1909), Germany (1909), Great Britain (1909), France (1912), Russia (1914) ) before the forced break during the First World War that blew up the two editions of '16 and '18. But first the Fradeletto had time to remove a Picasso from the Italian Pavilion (1914), in the Spanish Salon, to avoid - according to him - to disturb the public.

Useful information for the visit

Hours: Gardens from 10.00 to 19.00. Arsenale from 10.00 to 19.00 (from 10.00 to 20.00 on Friday and Saturday until September 30th). Closed on Mondays (except May 13, September 2, November 18).
Tickets: please visit the official website.
Phone: +39.041.5218711; fax +39.041.5218704
E-mail: aav@labiennale.org
Web: Biennale of Venice



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