Venice Biennale 2019: Pavilions and unmissable exhibitions

Biennale Arte 2019


What to see at the Venice Biennale 2019?
To orient yourself among the Pavilions and the exhibitions of the curator, among collateral and independent exhibitions, you need a guide able to prevent you from wasting time.

Since I can’t bring you to the Venice Biennale 2019 in person, I thought that it might be easier to write a post containing the artists, exhibitions and Pavilions you can’t miss for anything in the world.
Are you ready? Let’s start to discover the Venice Biennale 2019 🙂

Venice Biennale 2019

Biennale | Arte Venezia 2019


I’ve already written the post Biennale Arte 2019 what to see: the Pavilions and the exhibitions  where I explain the theme chosen by curator Ralph Rugoff for this edition and where you can find also the complete list of collateral events and special projects of the Biennale.
But which are the 5 unmissable events?
Here is the list you can use as your guide to the Venice Biennale 2019.

1. Jimmie Durham. Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement
Jimmie Durham is the recipient of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement of the Venice Biennale 2019.
Artist, performer, essayist and poet, his works are a criticism of ideas and symbols of the Western thought and culture.
At the Giardini the artist presents a black stone slab describing its journey from the extraction to the arrival in Venice. At the Arsenale, instead, he represents Europe’s largest mammals with everyday clothes put together.

  • You must see it because: he is a giant of contemporary art.

2. Luigi Pericle. “Beyond the visible”
The real gem of this Biennale is not at the Giardini or at the Arsenale, and it’s not even a collateral event. In fact, it’s an exhibition taking place at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia of Venice and is the first international retrospective exhibition of an artist forgotten for decades.

  • You must see it because: the rediscovery of his works has started a new chapter in history of art.

READ ALSO – Luigi Pericle: story of a rediscovered artist

Luigi Pericle | Querini Stampalia

Luigi Pericle on exhibition at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia of Venice

3. Burri. La pittura, irriducibile presenza
The most interesting collateral exhibition of the Venice Biennale 2019 is taking place at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini and presents an anthological retrospective exhibition dedicated to Alberto Burri.
A journey to discover the artist through about 50 works.

  • You must see it because: he’s one of the greatest pioneers of the new painting of the 20th century, that developed the basic theme of the use of the material and its transformation into an art work.

4. Russian Pavilion
The Hermitage Museum of St. Petersburg is the curator of the project inspired by the Parable of the Prodigal Son from the Gospel of Luke: Luke 15: 11-32.
Starting from Rembrandt’s painting “The Return of the Prodigal Son” of 1668, the Pavilion is a journey into the painting housed at the Hermitage, which conveys a still current message.

  • You must see it because: it’s the most suggestive Pavilion of the Biennale.

5. Dinner events presented by Illycaffè 
In a series of dinner events, organized in association with the MICHELIN Guide, at the Arsenale Restaurant “Le Bombarde”, during the months of the Biennale Arte, a creative dialogue between an artist and a starred chef, will be featured, and anyone who books the dinner can participate in.

READ ALSO- Venice Biennale tickets 2019: how to visit it

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