Every two years, Venice holds one of the world's longest-running and most well-respected art exhibitions. Brunswick Arts' Ben Rawlingson-Plant provides a snapshot of the 2017 event
The opening days of the Venice Biennale, an international art event held in the beautiful lagoon city every other year, sees the art world descend upon “La Serenissima” (Venice’s nickname: “most serene”) for an array of openings, parties and glamorous events. A mixture of museum directors, collectors, art dealers and media gathers for the four-day “vernissage” period (named after the practice of varnishing paintings before the public viewing), after which the city returns to normal. Founded 120 years ago, the Venice Biennale has been canceled only three times, for two World Wars. It remains the world’s pre-eminent art event today, as countries compete for the much coveted Golden Lion Awards. In addition to the national pavilions in the competition, an international curator is appointed each edition to curate a show that tests the temperature of the current state of contemporary art. This curator has the mammoth space of the Arsenale, Venice’s magnificent former shipyard, at his or her disposal, among other historic venues. The 2017 event opened on May 23rd, and will run until late November.