Biennale 2015 for free? Guide to the events and pavilions in the San Marco Neighborhood

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There’s a period of the year in which Venice becomes inevitably the world capital of contemporary art. It’s known that that moment coincides with the Biennale 2015 Art show with endless exhibitions, more or less prestigious, that is concentrated more or less in one week.


But finished the Vernissage or grand opening of mundane and exclusive cocktails, with VIPs by the dozen, the endless lines and the first weekend frenzy, there is in fact, seven more months left to enjoy the best of art in Venice. The main exhibition is All the World’s Future, and it lies between the beautiful spaces of the Arsenale and the Giardini in Venice and it certainly merits a visit, even if at the entrance they make you pay 25 euros.

But not everyone is aware that in reality exhibitions are scattered about the city: many nationalities and collateral events are found in some of the most incredible Venetian Palaces, places that are not normally open to the public.  Even more, they are all free to enter. So then why not take advantage and revel in an uncharted side of the city while on an art and history binge?


Not everyone is aware that in reality exhibitions are scattered about the city


Opportunities are many, so lets begin with some suggestions starting with the San Marco neighborhood: In the golden triangle of Rialto, the Academia Bridge and St. Mark’s Square the possibilities are not to be ignored.


 You can’t miss Palazzo Lezze (Republic of Azerbaijan), Palazzo Pisani, Music Conservatory of Benedetto Marcello (Angola, and also The Sound of Creation) And Palazzo Loredan (Portugal), all in the Campo Santo Stefano vicinity.  But there is also two splendid buildings that face the Grand Canal and very close: Ca’ del Duca (Luxembourg) and Palazzo Falier (Sean Scully: Land Sea).


Near Piazza San Marco we won’t let Jeny Holzer War Paintings slip us by at the Correr Museum, nor the participation of New Zealand in the Monumental hall of the Marciana Library, or the Wu Tien-Chang: Never Say Goodbye at Palazzo delle Prigioni.


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