A record number of visitors attend Venice Biennale art show

Issue no5
okt - nov 2018

The Venice Biennale closed its 57th edition yesterday, and an Associated Press report published in the Washington Post indicates that it attracted 615,000 visitors over its six-month run, making it the best-attended edition in history. The previous edition, in 2015, drew 500,000 visitors. The show’s president, Paolo Baratta, noted that the upbeat main exhibition curated by Christine Macel, “Viva Arte Viva,” could be a balm in these trying times. In a release, Baratta said that the exhibition benefitted from, as he put it, “a growing desire to personally and directly discover the vitality of art in relation to the daily bombardment of sounds and images to which the world is subjected.”

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