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La Biennale di Venezia

19 June 2022

5 days from £2,395pp

Join our guest lecturer Ben Street on this new and original Art Pursuits tour as we discover the best and the latest in contemporary art at the Venice Biennale and the parallel exhibitions taking place in museums across the city, embedded in the tradition and charm of Venice’s unique artistic heritage.
  • Guided visit to the main Pavilions of the 2022 Venice Biennale
  • Visit to the extraordinary Peggy Guggenheim Collection
  • View the latest contemporary exhibition of François Pinault’s Collection at Punta della Dogana
  • A full day visit to the Arsenale to view another part of the main Biennale exhibition 
The Venice Art Biennale is the world’s largest and longest-running exhibition of contemporary art. Taking place every two years, it attracts millions of visitors as well as artists, curators and dealers from across the world. Its main Pavilions are set in the Giardini della Biennale, the gardens originally created by Napoleon on the eastern part of Castello, and in the Corderie dell’Arsenale, the vast area of the Arsenale originally used by the ship-builders of the Serenissima to make ropes for its navy. With now over 90 countries represented, many Pavilions are also found across the city in many palazzi and museums. But the history and presence of modern and contemporary art in Venice go well beyond the Biennale exhibitions. Throughout the 20th century Venice has been a focal point for art patrons and collectors, brilliantly combining the new forms with the cultural heritage of the city into a unique and vibrant art scene. Peggy Guggenheim made the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni on the Grand Canal her home, now housing her most celebrated collection. She bought artworks around Europe and America in the first half of the 20th century, discovering artists such as Pollock and collecting pieces by Picasso, Kandinsky, Duchamp, Klee, and Magritte among others, in a collection embracing cubism, surrealism and abstract expressionism. More recently, the French businessman and art collector Francois Pinault established his own exhibition space in the splendid setting of Punta della Dogana, the former customs building of Venice, renovated by the Japanese architect Tadao Ando, a powerful rehabilitation of the setting in constant interaction with the work of artists, curators and the international art world. 

Your Accommodation

Hotel Saturnia

★★★★
Overview
The Saturnia & International is an exclusive family-run four-star hotel that enjoys a strategic position, nestled in the heart of Venice, a short walk away from St. Mark’s Square and La Fenice Theatre. Parts of the building date back to the 14th century, evoking a truly charming atmosphere and a unique Venetian style. 
The hotel also has its own restaurant, the Caravella, and a Bar.
 
Hotel Facilities & Amenities
  • Air conditioning
  • Wi-Fi
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Minibar