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Spotlight on: Venice, Italy

Posted by Emma Restall in News · June 2024

With the Venice Biennale now in full swing we are shining a spotlight on Venice this month. This 60th anniversary edition, this year curated by Adriano Pedrosa is titled Foreigners Everywhere and is a must see for art lovers far and wide.

The historic tourist destination is brimming with exhibitions. In chapels, libraries and various other public spaces, you can’t walk very far without seeing the familiar red of the biennale signage. Outside of the main pavilions, highlights include the exhibition Breasts at ACP Palazzo Franchetti (S. Marco, 2847, 30124) curated by Carolina Pasti, highlighting the work of over 30 established and emerging artists exploring the titular theme of breasts. There is an exhibition of works by Robert Indiana presented by Yorkshire Sculpture Park, curated by Matthew Lyons at Procuratie Vecchie (Saint Mark’s Square) and a wonderful pop up exhibition of James Lee Byars and Seung-taek Lee at Palazzo Loredan. This exhibition is not an official biennale exhibition, so is only on until the 25th of August 2024.

If you are a first timer to the Biennale it is easy to navigate. You can buy tickets in advance from the official website, however, you may still have to queue for entrance if you arrive around opening time. Both main destinations are clearly signposted and are walkable from Saint Marks Square (around 20/30 minutes). Both locations have a good amount of coffee, lunch and spritz options which are worth taking advantage of to break up and reflect upon the endless art. Comfortable shoes are recommended!

Places to eat:

Osteria La Zucca, Santa Croce 1762. This restaurant is famed for it’s vegetarian selection but has a wide variety of dishes. Reservations fill up quickly so do book in advance.

Pietra Rossa Sestiere di Castello, 2877, 30122. A great tasting menu and every meal should start with their renowned, organic prosecco!

Rosa Rossa, Calle de la Mandola, 3709, 3012. Good selection of seafood and pasta dishes.

Art destinations:

Pinault Collection.

Peggy Guggenheim.

Gallerie dell’Accademia di Venezia.

Languages: Italian is the main language however as a tourist heavy destination many people also speak English.

Travel: Flying is the easiest way to get to the city and transfer to the city can be via private water taxi, shared water taxi, water bus or by road taxi/bus.


Let us know your top tips for this years Venice Biennale!

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