With contemporary art in the Arsenale and swathes of parties in palazzos, the Venice Bienalle takes place from 1st June to 24th November. Highlights of the 55th International Art Exhibition include not only the national pavilions in the Giardini but also the Prada Foundation’s recreation of the 1969 exhibition Live in Your Head at the Ca’ Corner della Regina, Axel Vervoordt’s Tàpies Lo Sguardo Dell’ Artista at the Palazzo Fortuny and Rudolf Singel at Palazzo Grassi.
In addition to the Biennale itself there are numerous exhibitions taking place around the city that are absolute must-sees. Prima Materia, a curatorial effort from Michael Govan and Caroline Bourgeois of approximately 80 works from the Pinault Collection, is on view at Punta della Dogana and should be at the top of everyone’s list. It really is a pleasure to walk around this show—highlights include the mini-solos by Theaster Gates and Thomas Schutte, and the display of Mono-Ha and Arte Povera artists in conversation. Afterwards, hop on a vaporetto to Rudolf Stingel at Palazzo Grassi. I haven’t met a single person who wasn’t blown away by this sumptuous monographic exhibition. Palazzo Grassi is also screening films by Anri Sala, Loris Greaud and Philippe Parreno.