To help with your forward-planning, we’ve compiled a shortlist of some of the most important art and design events set to take place in Venice this year. We published Part 1 last week, and you can find Part 2 below:
- Alberto Burri. Fondazione Giorgio Cini. 10th May – 28th July. This summer the Cini Foundation on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore will host a large-scale retrospective showcasing over 50 works by Alberto Burri – one of the main protagonists of Italian and European art of the 20th century, whose last anthological show took place more than thirty years ago. This long-overdue exhibition will retrace the path of Burri’s artistic career, featuring some of his most celebrated masterpieces as well as lesser-known works.
- 58th International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale. 11th May – 24th November. The Venice Art Biennale is one of the most hotly-anticipated events in the international cultural calendar, and it returns this year under the helm of London-based curator Ralph Rugoff with a smorgasbord of exhibitions by the world’s most pioneering and prestigious artists. Titled ‘May You Live in Interesting Times’ – after an ancient Chinese curse referring to periods of uncertainty, crisis and turmoil – it’s guaranteed to offer an illuminating and thought-provoking overview of the global contemporary art scene today.
- Time, Forward!: V-A-C Foundation. From May. Taking place in the V-A-C Foundation’s beautifully restored palazzo on the Zattere waterfront, this cutting-edge exhibition will question the notion and function of time and how it relates to new forms of consciousness, action and sight in the 21st century. Curated by Omar Kholeif, the show will feature new commissions by contemporary artists including Rosa Barba, Daria Irincheeva, Alexandra Sukhareva, Adam Linder, Haroon Mirza, Walid Raad and James Richards.
- The Venice Glass Week: 7th – 15th September. Now in its third edition, this city-wide festival will present a rich programme of exhibitions, conferences, guided tours, hands-on workshops and other events dedicated to the art of glass – the artistic and economic activity for which the Lagoon City has been famed for over 1000 years. Staged in museums, galleries, churches, palaces, shops and glass furnaces around Venice, Murano and Mestre, it’s is a must for glass experts, collectors and enthusiasts alike.
- Peggy Guggenheim. The Last Dogaressa: Peggy Guggenheim Collection. 21st September – 27th January. Marking 40 years since her death in 1979, this major anniversary exhibition will celebrate the Venetian life of Peggy Guggenheim, one of the most notable and notorious art collectors of the past century. Curated by Karole Vail, the current director and Peggy’s own granddaughter, the show will focus on the world-class avant-garde art collection that she amassed whilst based in the Venice, including renowned masterpieces alongside rarely exhibited treasures from the museum’s extensive permanent collection.