A Short History of the Venice Biennale, the World’s Most Important Art Exhibition

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What would the world be like without the Venice Biennale?

A chorus of art-world insiders and Venice locals respond with insights and stories, helping us navigate the cultural influence of this somewhat enigmatic, 120-year-old tradition. Produced in collaboration with UBS, and directed by Oscar Boyson, this film pulls back the curtain on the event’s reach, extending beyond art and into politics and history at large.

The Venice Biennial has for over a century been one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world. Ever since its foundation in 1895, it has been in the avant-garde, promoting new artistic trends and organizing international events in the contemporary arts in accordance with a multi-disciplinary model, which characterizes its unique nature.

Produced by Artsy and UBS, the short film “pulls back the curtain on the event’s reach, extending beyond art and into politics and history at large,” and helps “us navigate the cultural influence of this somewhat enigmatic, 120-year-old tradition.