The organizers of the national pavilions of the next Venice Architecture Biennale they plan to open with no guests next month due to the pandemic.
Italy is currently blocked to fight the third wave of cases. Travel to Europe still limited, several national pavilions of the Venice Biennale, the most prestigious in the world, have canceled their physical events.
Nonetheless, the organizers of the pavilions (including those from Switzerland, the Netherlands and Singapore) have declared that they want to host “silent openings” or virtual events.
Pro Helvetia, which organizes the Swiss pavilion, will make a silent opening. It will not host a public vernissage during the preview days of 20 and 21 May. The Singapore PavilionInstead, it has planned an online vernissage for invited guests and the media in view of the official public opening of the Biennale on May 22, 2021.
Guests will not be invited to attend the inauguration in person
The organizers of the Venice Biennale plan to open the event to the public May 22th.
Usually this first day involves a series of installations housed in the Arsenale of the Biennale. There will also be exhibitions in the permanent national pavilions inside the Giardini della Biennale and further installations throughout the city.
While the installations within many pavilions are complete, organizers are not expecting a large number of visitors to the event which officially begins on May 22nd. The usual preview days, or vernissages, in the two days preceding the opening to the public should be quiet with several pavilions reorganizing the physical meetings until the end of the year.
“An online virtual opening event of the Venice Biennale will take place on May 20,” say the organizers of the Dutch pavilion. "Guests will not be invited to attend the inauguration in person but we hope that there will be another opportunity to host guests in the fall."
Other pavilions: the plans are still being studied
The Venice Biennale follows the same tribulations as the Salone del Mobile in Milan, which I told you about a few days ago. In that case, the events of the so-called “FuoriSalone” have been moved to September.
The organizers of the pavilions of the event have reported that they will confirm the plans in line with the advice of the government and the provisions of the organizers. "The British Council is closely following the British and Italian government guidelines regarding travel to and from Venice," says a representative of the British Council, which organizes the British pavilion .
While plans are still being studied on what form a physical opening event at the UK Pavilion might take, we are prioritizing health and safety by focusing on remote celebrations.
“The pavilion should actually open on May 22nd,” the organizers of the Lebanese Pavilion . “We are not sure, however, on exactly how the opening will take place”.
And who has it? Venice is currently classified as an orange zone by the Italian government. Currently all museums, live performances, fairs and exhibitions as well as bars and restaurants are closed, but the shops are open. The Venice Architecture Biennale, which usually attracts around 250.000 visitors, will run from May 22 to November 21.