The Esposizione internazionale d’arte di Venezia – universally known as the Venice Biennale – was born in 1895, after a few years of development, to promote the Venetian and Italian art market.
However, the event took on an international vibe since its very first edition.
In a matter of years, what is now the oldest and most prestigious event for contemporary art in the world was able to attract some of the most brilliant talents in Europe and overseas.
Edition after edition, the Venice Biennale exhibition space – in the Venice Gardens laid out by Napoleon in the Castello ‘sestriere’ – has grown with the number of nations included.
Let’s revisit part of this outstanding event’s history through a selection of wonderful advertisement posters.