Experience the Venice Biennale 2017

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Ilaria Specos
Event Coordinator
Tel.: +49 89 51 68 97 93
Mail: ilaria.specos@sculpture-network.org

Your Personal Contact

The trip is fully booked

Please contact Ilaria Specos if you want to join the waiting list

Two Cultural Managers and Venice experts will accompany our group all three days and give us background information about Venetian life style and the difficulties of organizing big art event in such a special city.

Bianca Bonaldi

Bianca Bonaldi

Bianca lives in Venice since six years. Both her father and her grandfather work in the field of clay sculpture and ceramics, she has always been by their side in organizing and taking care of their collection. Bianca always loved art in every shape and has always been curious in experiencing it, after a graduation in Economy and Management for the Arts at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice she started working as exhibition organizer at GAA Foundation in Venice. Performance Art is her favourite field and she worked as assistant and organizer at various Performance events in Cecut (Tijuana-Mexico) and in Venice at the Venice International Performance Art Week.

During the Biennale’s tour we will be guided by two trained Biennale’s guides whom will customize for us a special tour combining Biennale’s must-see and special focus on contemporary sculpture.

Our Hotel:

Hotel Domus Ciliota ****
A former Augustinian monastery situated in the historic centre of Venice. It features a large inner garden with seating.

Photo: Andrea Avezzu

24 - 27 August 2017

Join us on this exclusive trip to Venice for its 57th International Art Exhibition “La Biennale di Venezia”.
Enjoy summer and art in Northern Italy and travel with other like-minded companions who share your passion for Contemporary Sculpture!

The trip is fully booked

Please contact Ilaria Specos if you want to join the waiting list

Program details

Day 1 – Thu, 24.08. Meet & greet

Day 1 – Thu, 24.08.	Meet & greet

The program begins at 17:00 in Palazzo Rossini, just 5 minutes’ walk from our Hotel. Meet and greet your travel companions to break the ice.
Welcome by Rene Rietmeyer, Chairman of the Global Art Affairs Foundation, organizer of the exhibition “Personal Structures” at the European Cultural Center.
Visit of the exhibition and cocktail dinner.

Day 2 – Fr, 25.08. Visit the Arsenale and Palazzo Bembo

Foto: Andrea Avezzu
Day 2 – Fr, 25.08.	Visit the Arsenale and Palazzo Bembo

A half-day guided visit to the Biennale’s main venue Arsenale. The visit will take place in two smaller groups of max. 20 people and will provide insight into the exhibition and into contemporary art in general. The reduced group size allows for easier conversation.

After an intense morning, the second half of the day is free. Choose to visit other interesting venues of the Biennale or stroll through the streets of this beautiful city.

In the evening we will visit the exhibition “Personal Structures” at Palazzo Bembo with the curators and some of the exhibiting artists.

Typical Italian Dinner.

Day 3 – Sa, 26.08. Visit the Giardini and Palazzo Mora

Foto: Giorgio Zucchiatti
Day 3 – Sa, 26.08.	Visit the Giardini and Palazzo Mora

A half-day guided visit to the Giardini to enjoy a curated selection of some of the permanent national pavilions with a focus on Contemporary sculpture without forgetting the must-see shows.

In the afternoon you are free to explore the other pavillions in the Giardini or other venues throughout Venice.

In the evening we will visit the exhibition “Personal Structures” at
Palazzo Mora with the curators and some of the exhibiting artists.

Dinner in a typical Venetian restaurant with view of the Grand Canal.


The Exhibition is curated by Christine Macel - Chief Curator at the Musée national d’art moderne – Centre Pompidou in Paris. VIVA ARTE VIVA is an exclamation, a passionate outcry for art and the state of the artist. VIVA ARTE VIVA is a Biennale designed with artists, by artists and for artists, about the forms they propose, the questions they ask, the practices they develop and the ways of life they choose.
Rather than broaching a single theme, VIVA ARTE VIVA offers a route that moulds the artists’ works and a context that favours access and understanding, generating connections, resonance and thoughts. 120 are the invited artists from 51 countries; 103 of these are participating for the first time.

“Personal Structures” is a project aimed at introducing in writing, pictures and in exhibitions, a number of international artists whom, for all their individuality, have much in common concerning their intentions. The observation that even in the most distant corners of the world and independent of one another, closely related artistic problems are being worked on, led to the idea of bringing several of these artists together. The goal is to start a communication with and among the artists, and to offer them a forum. Personal Structures is held during the Venice Biennale 2017 at the European Cultural Centre situated in four Venetian Palazzi in the city centre and is organized by the GAA Foundation, a non-profit organisation that aims to heighten the awareness about the more philosophical themes in contemporary art and to make these subjects more accessible to a wider international audience.


  • Normal price: 699,- €
  • Special price for sculpture network Members: 559,- €
  • Single room surcharge for 3 nights: 70,- €

Services included in prices:

  • Travel group of max. 40 people from different countries a nice mix of artists, curators and friends of the arts -  guarantees exclusiveness
  • 3 nights in 4 star hotel in a double room, including breakfast
    (Single room surcharge for 3 nights 70,00 EUR)
  • Welcome evening with cocktail dinner
  • 2 dinners in typical Venetian restaurants
  • 2-day entrance ticket to the Biennale
  • 2x 3 hours guided tours of the Biennale in small groups of max.20 people
  • 3 curated guided tour at three locations of the exhibition “Personal Structures” in Venetian Palazzi in the city centre with artists talks
  • Tour guides in English
  • Tour assistance in English and German

To confirm your reservation you must make a down payment of 50% of the total fee. An invoice will be issued and once payment has been received, confirmation of participation and a receipt will be given. The remaining sum is due three weeks prior to the tour. We will send you an invoice.

For any question please contact Ilaria Specos.


Please note the trip begins and ends in Venice.
The journey to and from Venice must be organized by the participant himself/herself and is not included in the price.
The tour is within Venice so walking is required.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation after 1 June 2017 results in the loss of your down payment. Cancellation after 10 August 2017 results in the loss of your complete payment. Min. number of participants is 20 people. If the minimum number of participants is not reached by 1 June, the organizer can cancel the trip.
We, therefore, advise you to open an insurance policy covering travel withdrawal.


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