Venice Biennial

The Venice Biennale is the oldest and largest biennale, making it one of the most prestigious international events in the contemporary art world today. Every second year the Venice Biennale attracts a large international art audience - with a record high number of visitors in 2013 of 475,000 visitors. The Biennale is open from May to November.

Padiglione Centrale, La Biennale di Venezia, 2010. Photo: Giorgio Zucchiatti

The Biennale’s main exhibition is curated by an international head curator, who draws up the overall theme of the Biennale and selects the artists participating in the main exhibition. The main exhibition takes place in the Biennale’s Central Pavilion and in the Arsenale, and old military complex. In 2015, the head curator of the Venice Biennale is Okwui Enwezo with the exhibition titled All the World’s Futures. In addition to the main exhibition, the Biennale is composed of a large number of national pavilions, which are located in and around the Giardini di Castello park.

Over the years the Venice Biennale has inspired an ever-growing number of art biennales of different scale worldwide. However, despite the increased competition, the Venice Biennale has managed to maintain its status as one of the most significant international events in the field of contemporary art. You can read more about the main exhibition and the various venues on the Biennale’s official website via the link on the right.

Danish Arts Foundation

The Danish Arts Foundation's Committee for Visual Arts Project Funding selects the artist or artists to represent Denmark at the Venice Biennale. The Committee is also responsible for financing the Danish Pavilion with a total grant of DKK 4.4 million, and for establishing the organisational framework and artistic policy of the event.

Many years of international cultural exchange has shown that, in order to raise awareness of Danish art abroad, it is vital to involve and present Danish art in contexts, where an international art audience is present. That is why the Danish Arts Foundation determinedly and strategically works to create awareness of Danish art and Danish initiatives in relation to important international art events - especially the Venice Biennale, which is one of the most significant biennals today. But the Venice Biennale is also one of the most difficult places to attract attention. Denmark is here in competition with more than 50 other nations, each of which presents major internationally renowed artists, supported by highly professional press and promotional strategies.  



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