La Biennale di Venezia
In odd-numbered years, Venice hosts its famous Biennale--a biennial modern-art exposition that features painters, sculptors, and performance artists from around the world.
Most sanctioned events take place in the Giardini Pubblici, which has some 40 permanent national pavilions; at the Corderie dell'Arsenale, a short distance away; and at the Museum Correr on the Piazza San Marco.
Some works are displayed in other locations around the city. Unofficial shows and performances take place all over town during the Biennale, especially between mid-June and mid-July. Check with the tourist office when you're in Venice for current schedules.
How to reach the Biennale
The quickest way to reach the Biennale's main site at the Giardini Pubblici is on vaporetto line 3, which runs every 20 minutes. This express boat's route includes:
Other boats that stop at Giardini nclude vaporetto lines 1, 2, 41/42, 51/52, and 61/62.
The Corderie dell' Arsenale can be reached via the 41 express vaporetto or the number 1 local (Arsenale stop).
For other practical advice, click the first link below, which will take you to Biennale's Web site.
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Biennale di Venezia
A Biennale book for mystery fans:
Edward Sklepowich's mystery novel, Liquid Desires, is set in Venice during the Biennale. It isn't his best book, but it's pleasant enough, and it's a nice warmup to Venice during your European train journey or transatlantic plane trip. The novel is out of print, so look for it at your public library or in a secondhand bookstore.