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The 54th International Art Biennial takes off this summer in Venice and from London, the world’s most prestigious art festival will be a mere low cost flight away! Fly London to Venice this summer for £123 with Ryanair.It’s no news that Ryanair is having a blow-out seat sale and if you’ve got a craving to be part of this year’s Biennale di Venezia, then here’s your chance to do it on the cheap. The festival itself opens June 4th and will run until November 27th, giving you plenty of time to visit the ILLUMInations exhibitions.

About the show

This year’s biennial is curated by Bice Curiger, an art historian, critic and curator who has worked in Zurich and is currently working in London welcomes art-lovers from around the world to discover this year’s event.

“ILLUMInations emphasizes the intuitive insight and the illumination of thought that is fostered by an encounter with art and its ability to sharpen the tools of perception – the director underlined. While the last Biennale ‘Making Worlds’ highlighted constructive creativity, ILLUMInations will focus on the ¢light’ of the illuminating experience, on the epiphanies that come with intercommunicative, intellectual comprehension. The Age of Enlightenment also resonates in ILLUMInations, testifying to the enduring vibrancy of its legacy”.

As far as artists go, a total of 83 artists will present their works from all over the world, including 32 young artists born after 1975 and 32 female artists. Some of these include Monica Bonvicini, James Turrell, Nicholas Hlobo, Norma Jean, R.H. Quaytman, Haroon Mirza, Loris Gréaud, Carol Bove, Gelitin, Dayanita Singh, and Christopher Wool.

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The Giardini and Arsenale will host the 54th International Art Exhibition in Venice from June 4th to November 27th, 2011. The exhibition will be open daily (closed Mondays) from 10:00 until 18:00. Tickets can be bought at Arsenale, Giardini and Ponte dei Pensieri. One ticket is valid for entry to both exhibition halls.

Adults €20 / Students or under 26 yrs €12

Are you heading to the Venice Biennale this year? Have you gone in previous years?

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