Venice Biennale.. Since 1895


The Venice Biennale has been one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world, for over a century . Ever since its foundation in 1895, it has been in the avant-garde, promoting new artistic trends and organising international events in contemporary arts. It is world-beating for the International Film Festival, for the International Art Exhibition and for the International Architecture Exhibition, and continues the great tradition of the Festival of Contemporary Music, the Theatre Festival, now flanked by the Festival of Contemporary Dance. which has its offices at Ca’ Giustinian (San Marco, 1364/A)
History of the Venice Biennale

The Venice Biennale has  been one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world for over a century. Established in 1895, the Biennale has an attendance of over 370,000 visitors at the Art Exhibition, today.

The history of the Venice Biennale dates back from 1895, when the first International Art Exhibition was organized. In the 1930s new festivals were born: Music, Cinema, and Theatre (the Venice Film Festival in 1932 was the first film festival ever organized). In 1980 the first Intl. Architecture Exhibition took place, and in 1999 Dance made its debut at the Venice Biennale.



As of 15th January 2009, the main offices of the Venice Biennale are located at Ca’ Giustinian (San Marco, 1364/A), a palace at short distance from St. Mark’s Square. Further offices hosting the Biennale Archives are located at the VEGA, the Venice Gateway for Science and Technologies. Venues are as follows;

Ca’ Giustinian, The Giardini, The Biennale Library, Central Pavilion, National Pavilions, The Italian Pavilion, Arsenale, Teatro Piccolo Arsenale, Teatro alle Tese, Palazzo del Cinema, PalaBiennale, Asac – Historical Archives of Contemporary Arts