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Biennale di Venezia

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Address: Giardini-Arsenale | San Marco 1364/A, 30124 Venice, Italy
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2013 Biennale Exhibitions around Venice & arsenale the best

We found the giardini very disappointing - one hour in the ticket line to see piles of rubble and lots of random short films. We are seasoned art admirers and collectors in our... read more

Reviewed 29 October 2013
Emily S
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Reviewed 29 October 2013

We found the giardini very disappointing - one hour in the ticket line to see piles of rubble and lots of random short films. We are seasoned art admirers and collectors in our mid thirties and the giardini was a good insight in to a western culture that has run out of ideas and is scared to shed its soul... More 

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Reviewed 26 October 2013 via mobile

This is the kind of art thing where you walk around looking at a big pile of rocks and think .... Is this art ?? It is the kind of thing that makes me feel stupid- as I wonder if maybe I'm just not sophisticated enough to understand it.... And as fare as I could tell every one had the... More 

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Reviewed 24 October 2013

The Venice Biennale is one of the largest exhibitions of art in the world, with art from all over the world. It can take 2-3 days to see the venues around the Arsenal as well as individual venues tucked away all around Venice. The art Biennale takes place in odd numbered years, June thru November, while the architecture Biennale takes... More 

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Reviewed 24 October 2013

If you go . . . allow two full days for the Arsenale and Giardini, including the large curated exhibitions and the various national pavilions at each site. And, if you have the time, allow some extra time to explore the other national pavilions scattered all over Venice. The Giardini site has the most to see, so it's a good... More 

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Reviewed 23 October 2013

Fantastic! What an opportunity to experience this event. As it takes place every other year, 2013 was my time to go. There are three venues in which to see everything. Wear good shoes as you will be on your feet a lot. The best area is the Central Pavilion which features the creme de la creme from each country. The... More 

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Reviewed 12 October 2013

My wife and I have visited Venice before and were always intrigued by the Biennale. This year we decided to go and make this the centerpiece of the trip. We went for seven days. we spent one day at the Arsenale and one day at the Giardini. My only regret about this is that we didn't allow more than a... More 

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Reviewed 11 October 2013

The main event at Giardini and Arsenale is world class, but the best adventures and experiences have really come from exploring the city to find the rest of the Pavilions and exhibitions in buildings that you would never normally have access to. Just superb.

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Reviewed 6 October 2013

Complex hihg brow art with only few exceptions that make the visit memorable. Mostly contemporary art for artists only that wont appeal the public. Exceptions are some of the paviljions hosted by Uk, Holland, China, france/Germany. Very crowded so visit early. But it only opens at 10.00, why?

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Reviewed 5 October 2013

During the Biennale the entire city is art mad. The 2013 Biennale was not just contemporary art. There are permanent pavillions for participating countries. What fun to go from pavillion to pavillion! The Hungary Pavillion building is spectacular. Two days are a bare minimum to try to cover the entire exhibit. And even more countries were represented all along the... More 

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Reviewed 3 October 2013

This is a must for anyone who loves contemporary art, reflected in all of its forms , creativity and controversy abound through a series of exhibits reflecting the talent from each exhibiting nation at the Giardini and Arsenale and at various locations across the City of Venice. One can easily spend a whole weekend looking round the whole collection, with... More 

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Castello is the largest of the six sestieri (districts), and the only one not facing onto the Grand Canal. More than half of Castello is situated within Arsenale, the naval base, which occupies over one-fifth the area of Venice. This gentrified maritime neighbourhood feels busy but casual. Castello’s side streets are laid back, with small boats lining canals criss-crossed by laundry. Semiannual exhibitions add a strong artsy current to the Arsenale area. Via Garibaldi in Castello, with its shops and bars, has one of Venice's rare straight and wide boulevards. When a large ship turns around the Lido to enter the Giudecca Canal, the startling sight creates an illusion that it will run aground right on Via Garibaldi! Families treasure Giardini near the island's tip, green with rare trees and grass, and Riva degli Schiavoni is a popular spot for Venetians to take a stroll to watch the sunset.
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