VENICE BIENNALE – 55th International Art Exhibition


From: 01-06-2013 To: 24-11-2013
  • characteristic LOCATION: The Biennale

Venice Biennale55th International Art Exhibition will take place from 1st June to 24th November 2013 in the Giardini and the Arsenale, as well as in various places around Venice. It is entitled “Il palazzo enciclopedico” (The Encyclopaedic Palace), after Marino Auriti’s 1955 project that patented an imaginary museum containing all of humanity’s knowledge, bringing together the biggest discoveries of humankind, from the wheel to the satellite.

As Massimiliano Gioni, new curator of the Art Sector of the Biennale, explained, “today, deluged as we are by information, the attempts to structure knowledge into omni-comprehensive systems seems even more necessary and even more desperate. The 55th International Art Exhibition will explore these flights of imagination in an exhibition that – as Auriti’s Palazzo Enciclopedico –combines works of contemporary art and historical findings, discovered objects and artefacts.”

“Just like in the theatres of the memory designed in the 1500s by the Venetian Giulio Camillo – interior cathedrals in which to order knowledge into images – the “Il Palazzo Enciclopedico” exhibition will try to outline the cartography of an image-world, creating a bestiary of the imagination.”

The 55th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale will be presented once more in a dual form. After 116 years of the Biennale, the current Exhibition follows the format that was definitively defined in 1999 and then confirmed and perfected over the following years: a great International Exhibition directed by a curator chosen especially for this purpose and the National Participations. As usual, the National Participations will have their own exhibitions in the legendary Pavilions in the Gardens, as well as in the historical city centre of Venice.