The Venice Biennale (or La Biennale di Venezia), chaired by Paolo Baratta, has for over a century been one of the most prestigious international cultural institutions. Ever since its establishment, it has been leading in the research and promotion of new and innovative artistic movements. In Venice, it brings together some of the most influential and international events in the world of arts.

In 2013, The Biennale is set to organize the 55th International Art Exhibition (June 1st to November 24th); the 70th Venice International Film Festival (August 28th to September 7th); and numerous other international events for Dance, Music, and Theatre.

Thanks to newly refurbished sites throughout the city, various continuous activities now operate in conjunction with these key events. (These sites include Ca' Giustinian and the Sala delle Colonne for exhibitions and meetings; an area for children; a new Biennale Library-ASAC at Giardini; Workshops and Educational activities including master classes, projects for schools and guided tours; and Historical Archives of the Biennale at ASAC-VEGA and its collections available for consultation).

The new organization was created in 1998 after the former Autonomous Body La Biennale di Venezia was transformed into a Cultural Society, a legal entity which took the status of Foundation in 2004.


The Encyclopedic Palace June 1st To November 24th 2013

The 55th International Art Exhibition will occur in Venice and go on from June 1st to November 24th 2013 at the Giardini and at the Arsenale, in addition to other venues in the city. (Preview dates are: May 29th, 30th and 31st 2013)

Il Palazzo Enciclopedico/The Encyclopedic Palace is the title selected by the curator Massimiliano Gioni.

He presented his choice theme by evoking the self-taught Italian-American artist Marino Auriti who "on November 16th 1955, filed a design with the US Patent office depicting his Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace), an imaginary museum that was meant to house all worldly knowledge, bringing together the greatest discoveries of the human race, from the wheel to the satellite. Auriti's plan was never carried out, of course, but the dream of universal, all-embracing knowledge crops up throughout history, as one that eccentrics like Auriti share with many other artists, writers, scientists, and prophets who have tried - often in vain - to fashion an image of the world that will capture its infinite variety and richness", says Massimiliano Gioni.

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