API at Lorenzo de’ Medici – The Italian International Institute in Venice

Venice Biennale Summer Program

offered by API

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The Venice Biennale is the world’s oldest and most prestigious art exposition. This program gives students the opportunity to explore the work of global contemporary artists featured at the Biennale sites and museums. Students will be immersed in the unique culture of Venice, Italy, where they are surrounded by the works of artists of both the past and present. The works explored and discussed will help students draw their own inspirations for their final project. This program consists of a combination of on-site lectures, studio art workshops, and critiques designed to engage students in the exploration of contemporary art and culture. Each student is assigned a studio space. Students have the opportunity to develop a significant body of studio work, while experiencing Venice; its museums such as the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Gallerie dell’Accademia, Scuola San Rocco, Punta della Dogana, and the Biennale festival. They also will explore Venice’s outlying islands, and other significant sites in the Veneto region. All lectures will be in English or with an English translator. This intensive 4-week combined studio/art history program, meets 5 days per week, and focus on the Venice Biennale, opening in June. Through close proximity and exposure to the national pavilions in the Giardini and elsewhere, as well as the Aperto and ancillary project spaces, students are immersed in the wide range of work that global contemporary artists are creating. Studio production is informed by not only the day-to-day experience of visiting the Biennale sites and museums, but also through an understanding of the history of the Biennale (the world’s oldest and, arguably, most prestigious art exposition) and the unique nature and history of the city of Venice itself. HIGHLIGHTS Venice, the capital of the Italian region of Veneto, is one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Known for its canals and bridges, the city stretches across 118 small islands in the Venetian lagoon along the Adriatic Sea in northeast Italy. From the 13th to the 17th centuries, Venice was one of the most important cities in Europe. Its strategic location made Venice an important center of trade between the East and the West, and art and culture blossomed as well, leaving a legacy of amazing artistic and architectural treasures. Today, Venice is one of the world’s most visited cities. Come and explore all that Venice has to offer with API!


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