Guide to the 55th Venice Biennale: Let the Games Begin

For over a century, the Venice Biennale has served as the world’s barometer for contemporary art—and this week, the 55th iteration of the International Art Exhibition has the whole world’s attention.

Imagine yourself in the sidelines of the “Art World Olympics”—teams include Jeremy Deller for Great Britain, Richard Mosse for Ireland, Alfredo Jaar for Chile, and many more—each with their home base in a national pavilion, all which are dispersed throughout the gardens (the Giardini) in Venice. You will also want to wander toward the Arsenale, the historic armory and naval shipyard (and largest pre-industrial production center in the world) where you will find acres of additional exhibitions. Keep your eyes on the sea: This year, Portugal presents a floating pavilion, moored beside the Giardini and making frequent trips around the lagoon. But who brings home the gold? Maria Lassnig and Marisa Merz, of course; this year’s recipients of the fair’s Golden Lions for Lifetime Achievement awards.

So plan ahead, bring a map, and as always, let Artsy be your tour guide. See you at the Biennale!

Explore the 55th Venice Biennale on Artsy. Browse the Pavilions. At right, view our map of a few key places which we will update with more information over the next few days.

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