The Venice Biennale (La Biennale di Venezia) – currently presided over by Paolo Baratta – has for over a century been one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world. Ever since its foundation, it has been at the forefront in the research and promotion of new artistic trends. In Venice, it organises international events in the field of the contemporary arts that are amongst the most important of their kind in the world.
In 2013, the Biennale presents the 4th International Kids’ Carnival (2 > 12 February), training and performing activities within the Dance section (2 May > 30 June), the 55th International Art Exhibition (1 June > 24 November), the 42nd International Theatre Festival (1 > 11 August), the 70th Venice International Film Festival (28 August > 7 September), and the 57th International Festival of Contemporary Music (4 > 13 October).
New permanent activities run alongside these major events, thanks to the newly available refurbished permanent sites in Venice (Ca’ Giustinian and the Sala delle Colonne for exhibitions and meetings; area for kids; new Biennale Library-ASAC at Giardini for study, research and meetings; Workshops and Educational activities featuring master classes, projects for schools and guided tours; in addition to the Historical Archives of the Biennale at ASAC-VEGA and its collections available for consultation).
The new organization was established in 1998 after the transformation of the former Autonomous Body La Biennale di Venezia into a Cultural Society, a legal entity of private law that took on the status of Foundation in 2004.
La Biennale and EIUC
On 25 May 2005 in Venice, Prof. Horst Fischer, EIUC President, and Prof. Davide Croff, President of the Biennale di Venezia, signed a partnership agreement. The Biennale and EIUC started collaborating already in 2004 on the occasion of the EIUC Human Rights Film Award within the framework of the 61st Venice Film Festival. They then developed joint activities aimed at promoting human rights and democratic values through arts and culture. This partnership henceforth forms the background context of EIUC activities in the field of human rights and cinema, including the Summer School on Cinema and Human Rights, as well as other visual and plastic arts.