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The VICE Guide to the Venice Biennale

Trying to understand the world's most important contemporary art exhibition.

Every two years since 1895, Venice has hosted the most important contemporary art exhibition in the world. Over a period of six months, the Biennale welcomes over 375,000 visitors and raises millions of Euros in sponsorships. In 2013, 88 nations were represented. But while everyone was talking about the art at the Biennale, we went to Venice a few months before the official opening to meet artists, curators, and producers, and to understand how such a massive art event is made as well as its impact on the city and its citizens.