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VIVA ARTE VIVA: LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA 2017

The most important art show on the planet rolls into Venice once more as the 57th Biennale fills the romantic city with some of the most dazzling and thought-provoking art from 120 of the world’s most exciting artists working today

It has been described as the Olympics of art, and with a 120-year history just as rich as the Olympic Games, and a format in which every nation in the world selects their finest artist to represent them — a champion, if you will — it’s an apt analogy. But rather than foster competition, what the Venice Biennale does above all else is inspire wonder.

La Biennale di Venezia, to give the art show its full title, is like a field where world events play out – forget reading the newspapers for a minute, anyone wishing to test the global temperature right now need only spend a few hours in the pavilions of the Biennale. Sure, it’s occasionally a little self-indulgent, but this collection of art has the power to transport you round the globe and reveal the cultural and political mood of our times through the truth-seeking eyes of our best artists. And the 57th edition does so as never before, from Greek science experiments to Inuit whaling boats, from Russian hackers to Iraqi minefields and Korean barber shops — take your time and take it all in, this is art at its most fantastic and challenging.

‘A Way Out of the River’ at the Canadian pavilion
‘Faust’ at the German Pavilion
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