The 56th International Art Exhibition begins at the Central Pavilion (Giardini) and continues at the Arsenale, with over 136 artists from 53 countries, 89 of said artists are showing at the event for the first time.

Paolo Baratta, the chair of the extraordinary event, commented on the history behind the Biennale.

"This is our 56th edition. The Biennale is now 120 years old, and year after year it moves forward and builds on its own history, which is formed of many memories but, in particular, a long succession of different perspectives from which to observe the phenomenon of contemporary artistic creation."

"Everything here is exhibited against the backdrop of the Biennale's 120-year history. Fragments of the past of various kinds may be found in every corner.''

Check out Barnebys favourites from the event.

herman de vries' 'to be all ways to be' in the Dutch Pavilion © Judith Jockel herman de vries' 'to be all ways to be' in the Dutch Pavilion
© Judith Jockel

unnamed (1) Greek Pavilion and Maria Papadimitrou’s ‘Why Look at Animals – AGRIMIKÁ’
© Maria Papadimitrou, Installation view, AGRIMIKÁ, 2015. Courtesy T.A.M.A. Temporary Autonomous Museum for All and the Artist

unnamed (2) Our Product’ by Pamela Rosenkranz in the Swiss Pavilion
© Marc Asekhame

unnamed (3) 'Respiro' by Sarkis in the Pavilion of Turkey
© André Morin

unnamed (4) Albert Serra's 'Singularity' and the opening event
Albert Serra, SINGULARITY, 2015. Audiovisual installation, dimensions variable. Part of the Catalan Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale. © Albert Serra Juanola

unnamed (6) Kerim Seiler's performance 'Space is my Canvas' as part of the Opening ceremony of the Salon Suisse 2015

The Pontus Hulten Case at Palazzo Nani Mocenigo, VITRARIA, 2015, © Hans De Wolf – Rinus Van de Velde Please note the new location of 'The Revenge of the Common Place': the VITRARIA Museum on Dorsoduro 960.
The Pontus Hulten Case at Palazzo Nani Mocenigo, VITRARIA, 2015, © Hans De Wolf – Rinus Van de Velde.

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