Venice Biennale 2022 tickets, pavilions, side events

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Venice Biennale 2022, tickets, pavilions, collateral events, what to see and where to go.
This is it, the Art Biennale, after the 2020 stop due to the pandemic, is about to reopen its doors and is ready to show the new trends of contemporary art.

Every two years, the world’s most important and prestigious international art exhibition presents a theme to reflect on and allows the various nations of the world to describe their point of view on art, the world and creativity, always sparking off a battle between those who claim that the previous Biennale was the best or that this is the best Biennale ever.

The only thing that is certain is that since 1895 the Biennale has been attracting the most important contemporary artists to Venice, provoking discussion, debate, scandal, protest and inspiration.
This is why you need a guide, or rather a survival kit, to help you find your way around and immediately know where to go and what to see.

In this post you will find all the updates on the Venice Biennale 2022 what to see, where to go and what to do 😉

Last Update 1 March 2022 –tickets, pavilions, side events


The 59. International Art Exhibition runs from 23 April to 27 November 2022 and is entitled ‘The Milk of Dreams.
The exhibition takes its name from a book by Leonora Carrington in which, as Cecilia Alemani explains, “the surrealist artist describes a magical world in which life is constantly reinvented through the prism of the imagination and in which one is allowed to change, to transform, to become other than oneself. The exhibition proposes an imaginary journey through the metamorphoses of bodies and definitions of the human.”

The 59. International Art Exhibition will present, as usual, the National Participations (80 in this edition) with their own exhibitions in the Pavilions at the Giardini and at the Arsenale, as well as in the historic centre of Venice. This edition will also include selected Collateral Events, proposed by international bodies and institutions, which will set up their exhibitions and initiatives in Venice.


The Venice Biennale takes place in two different exhibition venues, one located at the Giardini and the other at the Arsenale, while collateral events are held throughout the city.

Before arriving in Venice you must have already booked your ticket, as TICKETS AND GUIDED TOURS ARE SOLELY SOLD ONLINE.
You can book your single ticket online, for the Giardini and the Arsenale, and also for the collateral exhibitions.

Tickets available online only on the official website:

Exhibition opening hours:

April > 25 September: 11.00 – 19.00 (last admission: 18.45) AUTUMN27
September > 27 November: 10.00 – 18.00 (last admission: 17.45)

Closed on Mondays (except 25/04, 30/05, 27/06, 25/07, 15/08, 5/09, 19/09, 31/10, 21/11)

€ 25Reduced
€ 20 (over 65, residents of the municipality of Venice (with verification of a valid identity document at the entrance) Reduced Students and/or Under 26 € 16 (with verification of a valid identity document at the entrance)

TICKETS for groups (min. 10 max. 20 people; for single purchase of groups of more than 50 people please contact us) Adults € 18 / universities € 15 / secondary school students € 10
“Biennale Sessions” € 20 (affiliated universities, reservation required min. 50 pax)

€ 85Reduced
€ 50 (for residents in the municipality of Venice)
Reduced € 45Students and/or under 26
€ 45Weekly € 45 (valid for 7 consecutive days – closing days excluded)
*Accredits are strictly personal and must be accompanied by a valid identity document at the entrances

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL RATES available until 20 March Early Bird Ticket € 20Early Bird
Student Ticket
€ 10Early Bird Credit
€ 70Early Bird
Student and/or Under 26
€ 30

(1 ticket Art + 1 ticket show/concert of your choice)
Art + Dance or Music or Theatre € 35

FREE ENTRANCEChildren up to
6 years of age, accompanying persons with a certified disability, primary and secondary school students using educational services.

Guided tours
, practical and theoretical laboratory activities, thematic itineraries, in-depth studies, creative workshops. Available in Italian and several foreign languages. Average duration 1h 45′, 2h. Booking and payment in advance. Exhibition entrance ticket not included.

GUIDED TOURS – compulsory booking Adults 1 venue € 90 – 2 venues € 150Universities
1 venue € 70 – 2 venues €
1 venue € 60 – 2 venues € 100 Primary and Secondary schools 1 venue € 60 Preschools 1 venue € 50

GUIDED TOURS WITH FIXED DEPARTURE – compulsory booking Giardini/Arsenale site: € 8 per site, per person
(available in Italian and English)

FAMILY FRIENDLY GUIDED TOURS – compulsory booking Giardini/Arsenale venue: € 8 per venue, per person
(available in Italian – free exhibition entrance ticket for participants up to 12 years old)


ARTISTS SUPPORTED BY SWATCH – Swatch is a partner of the Venice Biennale and confirms its commitment to the promotion of art with two projects.

Committed to supporting contemporary art, Swatch returns as a main partner to the 59th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale for the sixth consecutive time. International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale for the sixth consecutive time. The Swiss watch manufacturer, which has always considered its passion for artists and their work to be a fundamental pillar of the brand, will present several works of art at both locations of the most important international art event. In the Sale d’Armi dell’Arsenale, Swatch Faces will host the works of former residents of the Swatch Art Peace Hotel, while the Giardini will present “THE DESCRIPTION OF THE WORLD”, an installation designed specifically for that venue, by Thai artist Navin Rawanchaikul.

From Shanghai to Venice: Since its opening in November 2011, the Swatch Art Peace Hotel has hosted more than 450 artists from 54 countries. In order to encourage creative exchange, artists from all disciplines are invited to live and work in studio flats for a period of three to six months in one of Shanghai’s iconic buildings. Swatch Faces 2022 will present a selection of artists selected from this unique residency.
Read more about Swatch’s commitment to art and Swatch’s love of art in an interview with Carlo Giordanetti.

Swatch has invited Navin Rawanchaikul to the Giardini, where the Thai artist will create “THE DESCRIPTION OF THE WORLD”, an installation specifically for that location. The artwork is sure to be stunning, a truly engaging pop icon with a story to tell.

As has been the tradition for several editions now, Swatch will present a Swatch Art Special edition, as well as a watch model inspired by the graphic identity of the Biennale Arte 2022.

30 OF ILLY ART COLLECTION – A cup of illy coffee represents the union of taste, beauty and sustainability. A beauty that the company communicates through its deep connection with contemporary art and that it will celebrate, on the occasion of the Biennale Arte 2022, with an exhibition hosted in the Giardini Reali in Venice.
The exhibition will retrace the main stages of the 30 years of the illy Art Collection, the iconic cups that have transformed an everyday object into a blank canvas on which, over the years, great artists of international renown have worked.

The exhibition will also be the setting for a series of events in which the testimony of masters of contemporary art will be integrated with that of masters of quality, expressions of the union of the beautiful and the good that characterise the illy brand.


There are 31 Collateral Events of the 59th International Art Exhibition. International Art Exhibition entitled Il latte dei sogni (The Milk of Dreams), curated by Cecilia Alemani and organised by la Biennale di Venezia chaired by Roberto Cicutto.

The Collateral Events admitted by the Curator, and promoted by national and international non-profit organisations and institutions, are organised in numerous venues throughout the city of Venice. They offer a wide range of contributions and participations that enrich the pluralism of voices that characterises the Venice exhibition.

Collateral Events:

Angela Su: Arise, Hong Kong in Venice
Arsenale, Campo della Tana, Castello 2126
23 April – 27 November
2022Organising institutions
: M+, West Kowloon Cultural District Authority and Hong Kong Arts Development Council

Angels Listening
Loggia del Temanza, Dorsoduro 160223
April – 27 November
: Centre for Studies and Documentation of Armenian Culture

Calle del Ridotto 135323
April – 27 November
: Fondation Louis Vuitton

Bosco Sodi at Palazzo Vendramin Grimani. What Goes Around Comes Around
Vendramin Grimani Palace, San Polo 2033
23 April – 27 November
2022Organising institution
: Golden Tree Foundation

Catalonia in Venice_Llim
Docks Cantieri Cucchini, Ramo del Zoccolo, Castello 4023
April – 27 November
: Institut Ramon Llull

Claire Tabouret: I am spacious, singing fleshPalazzo
Cavanis, Dorsoduro 920
23 April – 27 November
2022Organizing institution
: FABA Fundazión Almine Y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte

deep dive (pause) uncoiling memory
Docks Cantieri Cucchini, S. Pietro di Castello 4023
April – 27 November
: Scotland + Venice

Eugen Raportoru: The Abduction from the SeraglioRoma
Women: Performative Strategies of Resistance
Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti, Campo Santo Stefano 294523
April – 27 November
: ERIAC European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture

I, White Kangaroo / I, the White Kangaroo
Palazzo Querini, Dorsoduro 269123
April – 27 November
: Starak Family Foundation

From Palestine With Art
Palazzo Mora, Room 8, Cannaregio 3659
23 April – 27 November
2022Organising institution
: Palestine Museum US

Future Generation Art Prize @ Venice 2022
Scuola Grande della Misericordia, Cannaregio 3599/A
23 April – 7 August
2022Organizing institution
: Victor Pinchuk Foundation

Ha Chong-Hyun
Palazzetto Tito, Dorsoduro 282623
April – 24 August
: Kukje Art and Culture Foundation

Heinz Mack – Vibration of Light / Vibration of Light
Monumental Rooms of Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, San Marco 723
April – 17 July
: Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana

Impossible Dreams
Palace of Prisons, Castle 420923
April – 27 November
: Taipei Fine Arts Museum of Taiwan

Kehinde Wiley: An Archaeology of Silence
Giorgio Cini Foundation, San Giorgio Maggiore Island23
April – 27 November
: Musée d’Orsay

Liquid Light
Olivolo, San Pietro di Castello 59/C23
April – 27 November
: bardoLA

Louise Nevelson. Persistence
Procuratie Vecchie, Piazza San Marco 1218/B23
April – 11 September
: The Louise Nevelson Foundation

Lucio Fontana / Antony Gormley
Negozio Olivetti, Piazza San Marco 10123
April – 27 November
: Associazione Arte Continua

Pear + Flora + Fauna
The Story of Indigenousness and the Ownership of History
Archivi della Misericordia, Cannareggio 3548-354923
April – 27 November 2022
Organising institution: PORT People of Remarkable Talents

Road of Faith
Palazzo Zen, Cannaregio 4924,
23 April – 27 November
: EMGdotART Foundation

Stanley Whitney: the Italian Paintings
Palazzo Tiepolo Passi, San Polo 277423
April – 27 November
: Buffalo AKG Art Museum

Take Your Time
Salone Verde, Sestiere Santa Croce 2258, Calle della Regina23
April – 27 November
: Nomas Foundation

St Antonin’s Church, Castle 3477
23 April – 6 November
2022Organizing institution
: MMOMA Moscow Museum of Modern Art

Times Reimagined
Palazzo Contarini Polignac, Dorsoduro 87423
April – 27 November
: Boghossian Foundation

Trees Grow from the Sky / Trees grow from the sky
Church of Santa Maria della Visitazione, Fondamenta Zattere ai Gesuati23
April – 27 November
: House of Art Ceske Budejovice

Tue Greenfort: Medusa Alga Laguna
Castello 1228 (Ca’ Sarasina)
23 April – 1 November
: ERES Stiftung

Uncombed, Unforeseen, Unconstrained
Conservatorio di Musica Benedetto Marcello, San Marco 281023
April – 27 November
: Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art

Vera Molnár: Icône 2020
Atelier Muranese, New Murano Gallery, Calle Alvise Vivarini 6, 30141 Murano23
April – 27 November
: Academy of Hungary in Rome

With hands, signs grow
Donà Brusa Palace, San Polo 2177
23 April – 27 November
2022Organising institutions
: Fundación Odalys, Signum Foundation

Without Women
Spiazzi, Castle 385623
April – 27 November
: Visual Research Support Foundation

“YiiMa” Art Group: Allegory of Dreams
Arsenale, Campo della Tana, Castello 2126/A
23 April – 20 October
2022Organising institution
: The Macao Museum of Art

Biennale Venezia | Padiglione Russia


Cecilia Alemani is the curator of the Biennale 2022.
In 2020 she has coordinated the work of the directors of all the sectors of the Biennale (Art, Architecture, Cinema, Dance, Music, Theatre) to create the exhibition Le muse inquiete. La Biennale in the face of history.

The restlessness and the assumption of responsibility inherent in the artistic act were the inspiration behind that exhibition, which told a large part of the Biennale’s story. Today, the starting point of the next Art Biennale seems to be the reinvention of new and more sustainable relationships between individuals and everything that populates the universe in which we live.

There could be no better way for Cecilia Alemani to open, through these two experiences, new doors for the Biennales of the future.”

Cecilia Alemani explains the choice of theme for the Venice Biennale 2022:

“The exhibition takes its name from a book by the surrealist artist Leonora Carrington (1917-2011), who in Mexico in the 1950s imagined and illustrated mysterious fairy tales, first directly on the walls of her house, and then collected them in a little book called The Milk of Dreams. Told in a dreamlike style that seems to terrify adults and children alike, Carrington’s stories imagine a free world full of infinite possibilities, but also the allegory of a century that imposes intolerable pressure on identity, forcing Carrington to live as an exile, locked up in psychiatric hospitals, a perpetual object of fascination and desire but also a figure of rare strength and mystery, always escaping the constraints of a fixed and consistent identity.”

“The exhibition was born out of the many conversations I have had with many artists in recent months. From these conversations, a series of questions have emerged insistently that not only evoke this precise moment in history when the very survival of humanity is threatened, but also summarise many other questions that have dominated the sciences, the arts and the myths of our time. How is the definition of human changing? How do we define life and what are the differences that separate the animal, the plant, the human and the non-human? What are our responsibilities towards our fellow human beings, other life forms and the planet we inhabit? And what would life be like without us?”

“The exhibition focuses in particular on three thematic areas: the representation of bodies and their metamorphoses; the relationship between individuals and technologies; and the links between bodies and the Earth.”


Giardini biennale | Padiglione Centrale


59. International Art Exhibition – Venice Biennale 2019

Art Biennale 2022
The Milk of Dreams
Curated by Cecilia Alemani

Venice (Arsenale and Giardini) 23 April – 27 November 2022
(pre-opening 20, 21 and 22 April)

Exhibition venuesGardini
/ Arsenale




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2 thoughts on “Venice Biennale 2022 tickets, pavilions, side events

  1. Thanks for this information about the Venice Biennale. Is a ticket for “The Milk of Dreams” good for any date of the exhibition? I don’t see anything in the purchase process that asks one to specify the date of attendance (other than guided tours).

    • If the booking procedure does not require a date, the ticket is activated on the first day you enter.
      In fact, Giardini and Arsenale have different and differentiated entrances but the ticket is unique.

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