Every two years, millions of art aficionados swarm to Northeastern Italy to attend the world’s most anticipated art event: the Biennale di Venezia (that will take place from June 1 to November 24 with a preview for art professionals from May 29 to 31). Although international art fairs are growing in frequency, the Venice Biennale, founded in 1895, maintains its undisputed supremacy. The Biennale has a unique characteristic, which differentiates it from other events: each country is represented by a Padiglione, or a pavilion, numbering more and more every edition. In the 2013 edition, for example, one of the new entries will be an entire pavilion representing the art of the Holy See.

The international exhibition will be curated by Massimiliano Gioni, already director of the Trussardi Foundation and curator of New York’s New Museum. Although Gioni has by now become a native New Yorker, he has still maintained his strong relationship with Italian artists, many of whom are in fact invited to show in his exhibition called Il Palazzo Enciclopedico (“The Encyclopedic Building”). Various artworks and artifacts are displayed in what he describes as an “imaginative bestiary”, with the goal of revealing the suggestions that nourish the artists’ creativity.

This year’s Italian pavilion is curated by Bartolomeo Pietromarchi, the director of Rome’s MACRO museum. Pietromarchi introduces “a plural collective project, that reflects the diversity and the complexity of our art”.

During the Biennale, yoox.com and il Crepaccio will present Padiglione Crepaccio at yoox.com, an initiative offering a worldwide view on 10 young artists who live and work in Venice.
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Above: Ca’ Giustinian Headquarters of la Biennale di Venezia 2010
Photo: Giulio Squillacciotti

Courtesy: Venice Biennale