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Venice Biennale is back


We are very close to the opening of the Venice Biennale 2024, scheduled for April 20.

For those who do not know, the first edition of what to this day is considered one of the most important artistic events, dates back to as far back as April 30 1895, a proposal of the municipal administration to celebrate the silver anniversary of King Umberto’s marriage with Margherita of Savoy. The project was born by a group of young Venetian intellectuals led by the poet and mayor of the time, Riccardo Selvatico, with the aim of stimulating artistic activity and the city’s art market.

Already back then the idea was to invite both Italian and foreign artists, but also to leave room for the works of painters and sculptors who were not formally invited. The desire to encourage variety and openness to different art forms from around the world was already evident.

A need that will be particularly felt in this 60th edition of the Biennale, of which Adriano Pedrosa will be the new curator. Even the title chosen for this edition is emblematic of overcoming cultural differences: Stranieri Ovunque – Foreigners Everywhere. As Pedrosa stated at the Biennale 2024 presentation, The exhibition is intended to be “a celebration of the foreigner, the distant, the outsider, the queer, and the indigenous.”

As always, the heart of the exhibition will be the Arsenale and Giardini spaces, where you can allow yourself to be enraptured by the striking works divided between the central pavilion and the ninety National pavilions. In addition, there will be about thirty satellite events scattered among the various sestieri of the city. In Cannaregio, where Hostaria Bacanera is located, we would like to point out two of them: the exhibition Grand Hotel by Ydessa Hendeles, inspired by the artist’s family’s past of persecution and migration, and The Spirits of Maritime Crossing, an exhibition animated by Southeast Asian artists that examines the themes of displacement and colonialism.

The journey to discover the ‘different’ continues among the flavors and original combinations of dishes at Hostaria Bacanera, which has decided to honor artistic expressions from around the world through a series of typical dishes for the occasion. To celebrate the reopening of the Ukrainian Pavilion, we start with ‘Borsch Venezia~Kiev,’ a beet soup with creamed cod and wine must reduction, and ‘Varenyki,’ fish ravioli sautéed in lemon and spring onion sauce and served with salmon roe.

To continue discovering all the unique suggestions on the menu, all you have to do is visit us and stay tuned. We will keep you updated!