The best exhibitions to see in Venice during the Biennale 2022

From the major retrospectives dedicated to Kiefer, Kapoor and Dumas, to the exhibition on surrealism and magic at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection: these shows are not part of the Biennale’s official calendar, yet are not to be missed. 

The 59th International Art Exhibition, “The Milk of Dreams”, postponed by a year due to the pandemic, is ready to start on 23 April. The Biennale is a much-awaited event for art enthusiasts and workers: Venice becomes an open-air museum of contemporary art, welcoming visitors from all over the world (no news for a city that experiences endless crowds of tourists all year round). It takes between two and three days to thoroughly explore the labyrinth of pavilions and collateral events, but there are plenty of options that do not necessarily require to purchase a ticket for the Biennale.

The proposals in our gallery are not part of the Biennal's calendar of collateral events, but they aren’t to be missed. On the wave of the excitement around the major international event, numerous exhibitions are due to open in Venice in the coming weeks. From the major retrospectives dedicated to Marlen Dumas and Bruce Nauman at Palazzo Grassi, to the exhibition on surrealism and magic organised by the Peggy Guggenheim collection in collaboration with the Barberini Museum: scroll through our gallery for a list of appointments not to be missed during your stay in Venice. 

Art, after all, is never enough. 

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