Venice: Biennale Architecture 2016

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Art and architecture fans are always more and more. What’s better than visiting one of the most important architectural exhibitions in one of the most incredible cities? End of May in fact (Saturday 28th precisely) is the inauguration of the 15th International  Show of Architecture “Reporting from the Front”. In this period Venice is full of events, appointments and meetings. Professionals and art/architecture lovers reunite in the city and the whole island is moved by unsuspected vitality.

If you would like to enjoy the Biennale Architecture  (during this period and the months ahead) here are some useful suggestions:

The Exhibition: 

Biennale 2015 4_arsenale

It is so large you could easily get lost.  Between the main headquarters (Giardini and Arsenale) the pavilions are scattered about the city in numerous collateral events. That is why a little planning ahead to visit the Biennale of Architecture is needed. Everyone has their own strategy, but the important thing to know is that visiting both areas is is demanding and tiring.  The best would be to divide them in two days: if its sunny you should start with the marvelous wooded path of the Giardini; if not, you can walk along the incredible spaces of the Arsenale up to the Italian Pavilion and on.

The City 

Biennale Zattere 2

From end of May and June (and between September and October), Venice takes advantage of this period to show off, from present to past between both Art and Architecture. Many of the external pavilions organized by the Biennale around the city are participations of different nations or supporting events and many are presented in areas of architectural importance that aren’t accessible to the public throughout the year if it wasn’t for the Biennale. So be very careful of the maps and pavilions: it could be an incentive to visit unknown areas in Venice and discover some little hidden treasures.

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