Behind the Biennale: A Short History of the World’s Most Important Art Exhibition

Artsy Editorial
May 4, 2015 3:37AM

“A world with no Biennale would rob us of these moments, when the present fights the past — or just talks to it a little bit.”

What would the world be like without the Venice Biennale? A chorus of art-world insiders and Venice locals respond with insights and stories, helping us navigate the cultural influence of this somewhat enigmatic, 120-year-old exhibition. Produced in collaboration with UBS, and directed by Oscar Boyson, this film pulls back the curtain on the event’s reach, extending beyond art and into politics and history at large.

A Short History introduces “Behind the Biennale,” a series of short films released throughout the summer, uncovering the stories of artists, curators, visitors, and Venetians.

Directed by Oscar Boyson.


Explore the 56th Venice Biennale on Artsy.

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