The Venice Biennale 2022: An Insider's Guide with Dr. Alison Bracker
Can't make this time? A video recording will be sent to all participants after the seminar.
Often hailed as the world's most prestigious art exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia has fascinated art lovers since 1895. Every two years, artists from 90 nations engage with a specific theme. For the 59th Biennale (April 23rd through November 27th, 2022), curator Cecilia Alemani has taken "The Milk of Dreams," from a book by Surrealist artist Leonora Carrington, as its title and inspiration. While acknowledging the disquieting effects of global social tensions, Alemani envisions "an optimistic exhibition" for 2022.
Many nations showcase their artists in pavilions in either the Giardini—created by Napoleon in the early 19th century and the Biennale's original venue—or Venice's historic Arsenale. Other countries rent palazzos across the city to showcase their artists. Traversing the Giardini to Giudecca, visitors often find themselves dazzled but overwhelmed.
This seminar offers those planning to visit the 59th Biennale and curious virtual world travelers alike a hand-picked guide to its must-see pavilions. We will discover Venice's most exciting pavilions as we view the best that the Giardini, the Arsenale, and Venice's other exhibits provide. Through photos and videos, we get an insider's view of the Biennale and the magical city of Venice.
Led by Dr. Alison Bracker, an art historian specializing in contemporary art, this conversation introduces participants to the 59th Biennale's highlights. Those traveling to Venice will know what not to miss and which off-the-beaten-track exhibitions are worth seeking out. Designed to inform curiosity and future travels, you'll gain an increased understanding and appreciation of the always-intriguing Venice Biennale.
Dr. Alison Bracker is an independent art historian specializing in the conservation of unusual materials in contemporary art. She co-edited Conservation: Principles, Dilemmas, and Uncomfortable Truths (Elsevier, 2009), praised as "one of the most significant books in the field of heritage conservation." Additionally, she has interviewed over 100 artists, curators, museum directors, and conservators about the ethics and issues arising from contemporary art conservation.
Dr. Bracker also lectures and publishes on modern and contemporary artists more broadly, including Hugo Wilson, Lenz Geerk, Ai Weiwei, Anselm Kiefer, Édouard Manet, and David Hockney.
Having spent her childhood in Los Angeles, she lived and worked in England for 25 years before settling in Nice, France.