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The Venice Biennale is one of the most important moments for Venice. The city opens up to the world not only as a place for incredible collections, hundreds of churches, and dozens of museums, but every two years with the biennale it becomes a vitrine through which the world can view contemporary art alongside history. The combination of old and young, yesterday and today, is very well matched in Venice. The city is so full of history and charisma that you cannot avoid it.
Every two years the Venice Biennale is the event that brings together in the city a large cultural cross-section of people with a shared interest in the art world. This year’s exhibition will see the record attendance of 85 countries. Many of these will be hosted in extraordinary spaces that themselves have had an exceptional artistic relevance in previous years. The Bauer Hotel itself has been ambassador of the Venice Biennale, welcoming the exhibition before the Foundation occupied its official headquarters. Still today the Bauer Hotel receives artists that have exhibited installations in many spaces of the hotel and in its gardens and donated their works to the city. To me, the Venice Biennale represents an opportunity to encounter in our own home cultures and artistic expressions that are far from or totally unknown to us. It is about an enrichment that is unmatched, and one that only this city is able to offer.
Even visitors just coming to see the art end up absorbing the culture and lifestyle of the city itself. You get so much more than what you came for. That’s why it’s so special.
— Francesca Bortolotto Possati, Venetian Entrepreneur, Author, Interior Designer, Philanthropist, and Hotelier