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Hard to believe it’s already been two years since the last Biennale Arte in Venice, but here we find ourselves in early May, ready for the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. This edition is curated by Ralph Rugoff and named “May You Live in Interesting Times.” It certainly feels like we are, and with a copy of Whitewaller Venice on hand, you’re well equipped to experience all that is interesting in and around this major art moment.
Returning as guest editor for this second edition of Whitewaller Venice is Francesca Bortolotto Possati, the Venetian entrepreneur, author, interior designer, philanthropist, and hotelier. In her letter to readers she poetically describes what makes this city so unique. No doubt you’ll get a chance to experience her hospitality as well, as a drink on the terrace of the Bauer is an absolute must for any Biennale attendee.
In addition to hearing from Rugoff himself about what to expect from the monumental exhibition, Whitewaller chats with the curator of the Italian Pavilion, Milovan Farronato; the curator and commissioner of the U.S. Pavilion featuring Martin Puryear, Brooke Kamin Rapaport; the curator of the Helen Frankenthaler show at Museo di Palazzo Grimani, John Elderfield; and artist Joan Jonas, whose installation Moving Off the Land II inaugurates the new Ocean Space platform in Venice supported by TBA21—Academy.
We’re sure you can’t wait to see the country pavilions spread out across the Giardini and Arsenale, as well as the city. We particularly have our eye on Laure Prouvost, representing France; Ghana’s first-ever participation; Eva Rothschild, representing Ireland; and Cathy Wilkes, representing Great Britain. Be sure to make your way off the Biennale grounds to see the incredible exhibitions on view at places like the Palazzo Grassi, Punta della Dogana, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and Museo di Palazzo Grimani.
Our select group of Insiders unveil the hidden gems of this enchanting city, and Whitewaller breaks down the best spots to stay, dine, shop, and indulge.
Enjoy taking in all that Venice has to offer this spring and summer, and let yourself get lost among its many islands, canals, and narrow streets. That’s all part of the experience.
Editor in Chief