The Venice Biennale 2022: An Insider's Guide with Dr. Alison Bracker

The Venice Biennale 2022: An Insider's Guide with Dr. Alison Bracker


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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 80 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 modern and contemporary art. She is an expert in the conservation of unusual materials in contemporary art and co-editor of Conservation: Principles, Dilemmas, and Uncomfortable Truths (Elsevier, 2009), praised as "one of the most significant books in the field of heritage conservation." Alison held a six-year post-Doctoral fellowship at the Royal College of Art and Victoria & Albert Museum before taking over the Royal Academy of Arts' Events and Lectures Program, which she ran for eight years. She continues to lecture and publish on modern and contemporary art and artists, including Hugo Wilson, Lenz Geerk, Ai Weiwei, Anselm Kiefer, Édouard Manet, and David Hockney. After a childhood in Los Angeles and 25 years in England, Alison moved to Nice, France, where she now lives and works.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

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Louis Spirito (Malibu, US)
BRAVO! BEST OF THE BIENNALE

My wife and I loved Dr. Bracker's Biennale presentation! Although we've been to Italy nearly a dozen times, she made us feel like we were there, navigating Bella Venezia. The only downside is that we still have to wait nearly 5 months until we'll be there to see her highlights in person. The conversation was a perfect blend of scholarship, helpful information, and video and photos of the art, the pavilions and the cityscape. It was a fun, fabulous lesson.

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L. (Saint Paul, US)
Excellent!

Thoroughly enjoyed this presentation and look forward to seeing some of the Biennale art later this year.

J
J. (Vancouver, CA)
Impressive look at this year's impressive Venice Biennale

Alison gave an excellent presentation. Her engagement and enthusiasm made the conversation sparkle.

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Ann Gilmore (London, GB)
Excellent!

This was a very informative lecture about the Biennale by Dr Bracker. Her knowledge of Venice is extensive which is very helpful when planning a visit. We received an overview of the Biennale with a focus on not-to-be-missed highlights. Plus, we all received handouts detailing additional information. Even if you can’t get to Venice this year, you will be well-prepared for a future visit to the Biennale!

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L. (Santa Monica, US)
Comprehensive and Interesting

Dr. Bracker covered a lot of ground and yet it was easy to take in, and follow. The time flew by, the visuals chosen were a perfect accompaniment to the lecture, it felt like I was there! I learned a lot and it enriched my experience.

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
86%
(6)
0%
(0)
14%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
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Louis Spirito (Malibu, US)
BRAVO! BEST OF THE BIENNALE

My wife and I loved Dr. Bracker's Biennale presentation! Although we've been to Italy nearly a dozen times, she made us feel like we were there, navigating Bella Venezia. The only downside is that we still have to wait nearly 5 months until we'll be there to see her highlights in person. The conversation was a perfect blend of scholarship, helpful information, and video and photos of the art, the pavilions and the cityscape. It was a fun, fabulous lesson.

L
L. (Saint Paul, US)
Excellent!

Thoroughly enjoyed this presentation and look forward to seeing some of the Biennale art later this year.

J
J. (Vancouver, CA)
Impressive look at this year's impressive Venice Biennale

Alison gave an excellent presentation. Her engagement and enthusiasm made the conversation sparkle.

A
Ann Gilmore (London, GB)
Excellent!

This was a very informative lecture about the Biennale by Dr Bracker. Her knowledge of Venice is extensive which is very helpful when planning a visit. We received an overview of the Biennale with a focus on not-to-be-missed highlights. Plus, we all received handouts detailing additional information. Even if you can’t get to Venice this year, you will be well-prepared for a future visit to the Biennale!

L
L. (Santa Monica, US)
Comprehensive and Interesting

Dr. Bracker covered a lot of ground and yet it was easy to take in, and follow. The time flew by, the visuals chosen were a perfect accompaniment to the lecture, it felt like I was there! I learned a lot and it enriched my experience.