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Established in 1895, the Venice Biennale is one of the world's most important critical forums for contemporary visual art. Thousands of the world's leading curators, collectors, gallery directors and critics attend this biennial event.

The Venice Biennale comprises a curated show at the Giardini and Arsenale and more than 70 national exhibitions in 28 pavilions within the Giardini and other locations throughout the city.

The event attracts 30,000 key international curators, critics, collectors and artists to the three-day Vernissage (preview) period alone, and a further 265,000 visitors (including many school groups and young adults) to the five-month exhibition.

The exhibition dates for the 53rd Venice Biennale are Sunday, 7 June 2009 to the Sunday, 22 November 2009.

To visit the official website of the Venice Biennale click here