Each year in May, La Biennale di Venezia transforms Venice into a vibrant cultural metropolis that showcases international accomplishments in architecture, cinema, dance, music and theater. This years biennial Art Exhibition returns for its 58th edition. Visitors and locals come together to attend plays, listen to virtuoso performances, screen movies at the annual film festival and view masterpieces on display at the city's acclaimed art exhibition.
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58th International Art Exhibition Venice
Venice's annual art exhibition is one of the most established and anticipated elements of the Biennale. Curated by Ralph Rugoff, director of the Hayward Gallery in London, the 58th iteration runs from 11 May through to 24 November with displays at the Giardini, the Arsenal and other venues throughout the city. Titled May You Live In Interesting Times, the highly engaging 2019 exhibition explores the process of making art and considers art's social function in terms of pleasure and critical thinking. The featured artists challenge existing habits of thought that define our tumultuous modern age. Their provocative works offer alternative interpretations of so-called facts by suggesting other forms of connection and contextualization.
Additionally, exhibitions featuring national artists will be presented to the public in the historic city centre and the pavilions of the Giardini and the Arsenal.
76th Venice International Film Festival
The prestigious Venice International Film Festival takes place form 28 August to 7 September at the Lido di Venezia. Filmmakers and cinephiles from around the globe will converge in Venice to witness dazzling red-carpet arrivals at world premieres and mingle at star-studded parties. Established in 1932 to promote and pay tribute to the art of filmmaking, the festival honors the year's best films with the distinguished Golden Lion. Achievements in directing, acting, screenwriting, musical composition and cinematography are also recognized, along with a variety of special contributions to the medium.
Tickets for film screenings will be available online. Our Concierge is on hand to assist with ticket acquisition and the arrangement of water taxi transfers to the nearby festival area.
Artworks on San Clemente Island
During the Biennale Art Exhibition San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice turns into an open-air museum showcasing artworks of Joana Vasconcelos and Tony Cragg. The artwork "I'll be your mirror", crafted by the Portuguese artist Vasconcelos was recently displayed at the Guggenheim Bilbao and "Mandragora" was displayed at the MGM Macau in 2015. On of the most renowned artworks of Joan Vasconcelos is the shoe collection. In the garden of San Clemente Palace, guests can currently marvel the shoe called "Betty Boop". Tony Craggs sculptures are showcased close to the main pier and all pieces of art will remain on the island until the end of this year Biennale Arte.
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