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Venice Biennale 2021: the reasons to participate

The seventeenth edition of Biennale is ready, after the one-year stop imposed by Covid, with the theme "How will we live together?"

How will we live together? This is the strong, prophetic and urgent question that the 2021 Venice Biennale will have to answer; it will open its doors to the Giardini, the Arsenale and Forte Marghera, from Saturday 22 May to Sunday 21 November 2021. They are therefore confirmed for the Venice Biennale dates and programming that cover most of the year and that will allow visitors to reach the city and experience the event respecting the quota requirements imposed by the current health situation.

An exhibition that makes us reflect on the role of architecture in society and in the world, starting with the challenges imposed not only by social distancing (the theme was in fact chosen even before Covid) but above all by climate change, social inequalities and migratory flows, as explained by Hashim Sarkis, curator of the Venice Biennale 2021.

Pre-opening on the agenda 20 and 21 May and on 22 May with the inauguration ceremony of the Venice Biennale actual opening for all five different "Scale" that is the areas that make up the exhibition, three set up at the Arsenale and two in the Central Pavilion: Among Diverse Beings, As New Households, As Emerging Communities, Across Borders and As One Planet. Here will be distributed the works of 112 participants from 46 countries with greater representation from Africa, Latin America and Asia and with equal representation of men and women.

Also important is the contribution of out-of-competition participations starting from Station + Co-Habitats, with research from universities all over the world, then the Israeli artist Michal Rovner at the Central Pavilion, the special project by Studio Other Spaces (represented by Olafur Eliasson and Sebastian Behmann) which presents UN Assembly for the Future with the contributions of all the participants, an outdoor installation in the Giardini dedicated to sport and that of Giuseppe Penone in the Arsenale.

In Forte Marghera, on the other hand, 5 participating international architects will present their project dedicated to play, while the special project of the Venice Architecture Biennale and Victoria and Albert Museum entitled Three British Mosques will be set up in the Pavilion of Applied Arts. Important dates for international dance in the calendar of the Venice Biennale in July: from the 23rd of this month to the 1st of August the section of the exhibition entitled Among Diverse Beings will host the installations and the dancers-choreographers of the Biennale College on the occasion of the meeting with the 15 ° International Festival of Contemporary Dance which is celebrated in those days.

Many appointments to which are added another 17 Events admitted by the Curator and promoted by national and international bodies and institutions, organized in different places in the city, therefore the Meetings on Architecture for professionals, the Biennale Sessions project for Universities, Academies and Institutes of Higher Education and educationals for a wide audience ranging from students to families.

We cannot know in advance what we will see and what emotions it will unleash in us, but we already know that at the end of the Venice Biennale 2021 it will be able to convey that sense of beauty thanks to which, as Dostoevsky recalls, we will be able to save the world.

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