Story of La Biennale di Venezia

Story of La Biennale di Venezia

La Biennale di Venezia is one of the most famous an celebrated artistic exhibitions, well-known all over the world for its expositions, including the Peggy Guggenheim collection and the related International Film Festival.

Its story gets back centuries: in 1895 the first International Exhibition of Venice was organized to celebrate the silver wedding anniversary of King Umberto and Queen Margherita of Savoy. In 1910 the futurist Filippo Marinetti took position against “the ancient Venice” spreading leaflets in St. Mark’s Square, but the success carried by the exhibition was great: there came Klimt and Renoir, but Picasso couldn’t display his paintings because they could shock the audience – he will be able to show them only in 1948. The two world wars in 1915-1918 and in 1940-1945 cancelled the activity of La Biennale, which started again during peace periods. In 1932 the International Film Festival was born and since 1935 the event became annual for Benito Mussolini’s will. In 1948 the Secretary General Rodolfo Pallucchini invited Peggy Guggenheim to show her New York collection: after that she will settle at Ca’ Venier dei Leoni, which will become one of the heritages of modern Venice. Since 1972 the International Art Exhibition started to follow a specific theme: “Work or behaviour” was chosen for that year. For the centenary, in 1995, La Biennale promoted exhibitions in every area: the focus was a history gallery about “Identity and difference”, a study of human body and human face in the works of the 900s’ main artists, including paintings coming from the most important museum in the world. The 15th of January 2004 La Biennale became a Foundation.

We could keep talking about all the events, but we prefer to invite you to visit La Biennale during your stay in Venice.

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