Biennale d'Arte is a large exhibition held from late May to October very odd numbered year, which presents the latest in contemporary painting and sculpture from several countries. It is renowned as one of the world's best international modern-art shows. It is so popular that visiting crowds fill up the pavilions of the public gardens at the east end of Castello and in the Arsenale. The exhibition has bestowed awards, in the past to Jackson Pollock, Henri Matisse, Alexander Calder, and Federico Fellini, among others.
Tel. 041-521-8846 or 041-271-9005
Tickets (17€/$22; 9.50/$12 students) can be reserved online or by calling tel. 199-199-100 in Italy.