Venice Special (Biennale): Great Art Cities Explained

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In the third of a new series, James Payne and Joanne Shurvell combine their love of Art and Travel, as they travel to Venice for the world’s oldest and greatest art exhibition, the Venice Biennale.

The 59th International Venice Biennale Arte runs to 27 November 2022. The cost for a one-entry ticket is 25,50 euros for access both to the Giardini area and the Arsenale area. Off-site exhibitions throughout the city are free and most run through until the fall but do check dates.

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SUBTITLES I input the English subtitles myself but I rely on volunteers to do subtitles for other languages and I really appreciate it – just contact me at

Chinese subtitles provided by Charles Xue
French Subtitles by Ludivine Desriac
Spanish Subtitles by Lourdes Saez

Title Sequence by Brian Adsit (instagram and Behance

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IMAGES Courtesy:
©️Simone Leigh/Matthew Marks Gallery
©️Sonia Boyce/The British Council
©️Stan Douglas/The National Gallery of Canada
©️Zineb Sedira/Kamel Mennour
©️Francis Alÿs/David Zwirner
©️Sami/Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA)
©️Uffe Isolotto
©️Dumb Type/Japan Foundation
©️Marco Fusinato/Artspace, Sydney©️Uffe Isolotto/Danish Arts Foundation
©️Na Chainkua Reindorf, Diego Araúja, Afroscope/Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture

©️Pavlo Makov /Ya Gallery
©️Arcangelo Sassolino, Giuseppe Schembri Bonaci, and Brian Schembri/Arts Council Malta
©️Delcy Morelos
©️Emma Talbot/ Petra Rinck Galerie, Düsseldorf and Galerie Onrust, Amsterdam
©️Mire Lee/Tina Kim gallery

©️Wallace Chan
©️Anselm Kiefer /Gagosian
©️Raquib Shaw/White Cube
©️Georg Basiletz/Gagosian
©️Kehinde Wiley, Templon gallery
©️Daniel Richter/ Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
©️ Anish Kapoor /Lisson Gallery
©️ Fiona Banner/ Frith Street Gallery
©️THE Surrealism EXHIBITION/Peggy Guggenheim museum
©️Julian Opie/ Lisson Gallery
©️Ai Weiwei/Lisson Gallery
©️ Kehinde Wiley/ Sean Kelly Gallery
©️Lucio Fontana/Gagosian
©️Antony Gormley/White Cube
©️Marlene Dumas/ David Zwirner
©️Joseph Beuys/Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
©️Ugo Rondinone/Almine Rech
©️Danh Vo, Isamu Noguchi, Park Seo-Bo/White Cube

Musetta’s Waltz from La Bohème by Puccini

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