10.may.2017 | 01.nov.2017

Biennale Info

The Venice Art Biennale brings to the city the whirling carnival of the entire international Art World, who every two years flood in to the city to see an unsurpassable survey of the most incredible contemporary works of today from each nation’s finest artists. Founded in 1895, the Biennale Arte, always in an odd-numbered year, has today become the premier event of the industry, like the Olympics of Art, played out over the whole city, pavilion against pavilion and art-star against art-star. The Bauers – established in 1880 – have seen it all, and have, year after year, proved the perfect place to base Biennale expeditions. The awards for the winning nations will be given out on May 13, (with preview days prior) and thereafter the show will be open to all until until the end of November. French curator Christine Macel has the chosen theme “Vive Arte Viva”  – alive, living art – and 120 artists have been invited by Macel to express their vision, a special exchange in this place which has always been a crossroads of culture. The Biennale is centered on the Giardini, with its historically and architecturally unique individual pavilions in the green spaces to the west of San Marco. Next door, the long Arsenale, where ships where once built, has now been made over a wonderland of installation art. More national pavilions and collateral events will explode all over Venice, and are truly worth the adventure to discover.

And if the all this becomes too overwhelming, you can retreat to the shade of Museum and Church, as for centuries Venice has an all-year-round Art capital, home to the precious works of the Renaissance icons as Titian and Tintoretto.  Our concierge can help you plan your tour, no matter whether your interests are ancient or modern.

After your daily excursions, you are welcome to pass by our Canal Bar and Terrace- which if past years are anything to go by, will be crowded with artists, curators and the fashionable all buzzing with the latest news of the day.  And don’t forget that the B-Bar is open late where you can find fine cocktails and great music to help you finish off your art discussions…

Exhibition venues

Giardini and Arsenale
May 10th – 11th – 12th 2017
Official Opening and Award Ceremony
May 13th 2017
Opening days from May 13th toNovember 26th 2017
Giardini and Arsenale closed on Mondays (except May 15th, August 14th, September 4th, October 30th, and November 20th 2017)
Opening hours
Giardini from 10 am to 6 pm
Arsenale from 10 am to 6 pm (from 10 am to 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays from  May 13th until September 30th)
Useful information
Distance between venues: 15’ on foot
Small-sized animals are admitted in the green area at the Giardini venue; no animals admitted at the Arsenale venue
Tickets payment method: cash, debit card and credit card
Wheelchair access
Transfer between both venues is equipped for disabled people
Services for visitors at the exhibition venues (Giardini and Arsenale)
Infopoint, free cloakroom, bar, restaurant, bookshop
Services for families
Stroller free rental, baby changing/feeding room, family lounge
Baby changing/feeding room
Guided tours, thematic itineraries, practical and theoretical laboratories, creative workshops
Available in Italian and several foreign languages
Booking required, average duration 1 hour 45′ / 2 hours

The service is fee-paying, admission ticket not included

Guided tours without reservation
Guided tours for individual visitors in Italian or in English

Activities available on set days and times. Schedule and online purchase on
Adult groups, private guided tours, High Schools, Universities
Fax +39 041 5218 732
Nursery schools, Elementary and Junior High schools
Tel. +39 041 2728 382
Tel. +39 041 5218 828
(Monday > Friday 10 am – 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm; Saturday 10 am – 1:30 pm)
How to get to the exhibition venues
from Piazzale Roma / Railway Station:
to Arsenale: lines ACTV 1, 4.1
to Giardini: lines ACTV 1, 2, 4.1, 5.1, (6 from Piazzale Roma only)
For any other info: link