How will 2024 unfold in Venice? What are the events not to be missed in Venice in 2024? Discover them by reading this post.
t’s time to open your virtual calendar or agenda, whichever you prefer, to mark all the events not to be missed in Venice in 2024. Are you ready? Let’s begin.
January starts off gently, transitioning between the closure of activities from the old year and the opening of new events. I’d like to highlight the following:
- The Befana Regatta on January 6th starting at 10 AM. Find a spot near the Rialto Bridge to enjoy not only the boat procession but also the placement of the giant stocking, a symbol of the event.
- From January 20th to 23rd, the Wine in Venice event returns to Scuola Grande della Misericordia, catering to wine lovers.
- Starting on January 27th, the Venice Carnival 2024 kicks off. I’ll keep you updated on all the latest developments as soon as they’re presented to the press.
Currently, there’s nothing significant to report for February. However, I’d like to remind you that the most important masquerade balls of the Carnival will be concentrated during the weekend of February 10th-11th. Have you decided that this is the right year to attend one of these events? I hope you’ve saved some money last year because tickets start at around €800 and can go well beyond €5000. Do you need any suggestions? Feel free to contact me.
March marks the reopening of the season, and I want to highlight the opening of several new exhibitions.
- Punta della Dogana: Pierre Huyghe from March 17, 2024. The French artist brings to Venice a significant collection of his works from the Pinault Collection. For Punta della Dogana, the French artist creates his largest exhibition to date, transforming the space into a dynamic medium, a transitory condition where time and space, like everything that passes through it, visible or invisible, become integral parts of the artworks.
- Palazzo Grassi: Julie Mehretu, from March 17, 2024. The exhibition brings together over sixty paintings and engravings by Julie Mehretu created over a period of twenty-five years, including many paintings from the artist between 2021 and 2023. Presented on the two exhibition floors of Palazzo Grassi, the exhibition includes works from the Pinault Collection, as well as loans from the artist’s collection, international museums, and private collections.
- Ocean Space: Re-Stor(y)ing Oceans from March 23, 2024. Ocean Space, at the Church of San Lorenzo, reopens its doors with two site-specific projects by indigenous Pacific artists Latai Taumoepeau and Elisapeta Hinemoa Heta. As you may know, the Foundation aims to narrate the impact of climate change, and the Pacific Islands are among the regions most affected by its harmful effects. Additionally, various educational activities related to the Lagoon area are always offered.”
- Stanze della Fotografia, Helmut Newton, Legacy, and Out of Focus by Patrick Mimran starting March 28th. Le Stanze della Fotografia in San Giorgio are reopening their doors with these two beautiful exhibitions. Newton’s exhibition narrates the career of a twentieth-century protagonist who has left a mark in fashion but also his approach to the female nude. Patrick Mimran in his ‘Out of Focus‘ has primarily worked on the lack of sharpness of images and since the 1980s has created works and installations using all possible means and suppor
April kicks off with a bang – a month of grand openings.
- Doge’s Palace in Venice: “The Worlds of Marco Polo: The Journey of a 13th-Century Venetian Merchant“ from April 6, 2024. The exhibition celebrates the 700th anniversary of the death of the Venetian traveler. Stay tuned for further previews.
- Peggy Guggenheim Collection: “Jean Cocteau: The Juggler’s Revenge“ from April 13. It’s the first exhibition dedicated to the French artist in Italy, shedding light on the versatility – or juggling skill – that characterizes Cocteau’s artistic language and for which the artist is often criticized by his contemporaries.
- Stanze del Vetro: “1912-1930 Murano Glass and the Venice Biennale” from April 14. The exhibition will focus on the presence of Murano glass at the prestigious Venice Biennale, examining the period between 1912 and 1930 (from the 10th to the 17th edition of the Biennale) through a careful selection of 135 works, many of great rarity, from important museums and private collections.
- Biennale 2024: “Stranieri Ovunque – Foreigners Everywhere” from April 21. The preview with the press prints and the official opening on April 21 mark the start of this Biennale directed by artist Adriano Pedrosa. There is much anticipation, and, as always, numerous collateral events are planned. We will discuss them after the press conference, but until March 21, I recommend getting Early Bird tickets.
- Stanze della Fotografia: Helmut Newton, dates to be defined.
Note: From April 25, the access contribution will be starting. As soon as the booking portal opens, you will find a dedicated article.
May brings with it the anticipation for:
- Arsenale: Venice Boat Show from May 29 to June 2, 2024. The nautical event returns to Venice, set against the picturesque backdrop of the Arsenale. Exhibitors and events, places to visit: it’s always worth a visit.”
“Ready for the sea and the arrival of the summer? Here are the events in June.
- Biennale Teatro, from June 15 to 30, 2024.
Here are the not-to-be-missed events in July:
- Biennale Danza from July 18 to 31, 2024.
- Redentore. This year, it is celebrated on July 21 with the traditional fireworks on the evening of July 20. Opening of the votive bridge from Friday evening.
In August, the desire for a vacation prevails, preparing for the main event at the end of the month.
- Venice Film Festival from August 28 to September 7. The event dedicated to cinema returns to the lagoon. Numerous screenings take place not only at Lido but also in Venice and the mainland.
This month, as usual, will be packed with events in addition to the Film Festival we talked about.
- Fondazione Giorgio Cini: “Homo Faber” from September 1 to 30, 2024. The exhibition offers a unique glimpse into the craftsmanship encapsulated in objects that mark the most precious moments of our lives. Excellence in craftsmanship becomes the instrument to celebrate the fundamental stages of life along with the small experiences of everyday life. An experience, as usual, not to be missed.
- Regata Storica on September 1, 2024.
- The Venice Glass Week from September 14 to 22. The Festival dedicated to Murano Glass returns with numerous events throughout the city.
- Festival della Politica: dates to be defined.
- Biennale Musica from September 26 to October 10, 2024
Many dates are still to be defined, but here are some previews:
- Peggy Guggenheim Collection: “Marina Apollonio: Beyond the Circle” from October 12, 2024. Marina Apollonio is one of the foremost representatives of Optical and Kinetic Art, part of the international optical-kinetic movement, supported and collected by Peggy Guggenheim. The exhibition traces the artist’s career to the present day, highlighting the rigor of her visual research, pursued through a multitude of variations and the elegance of execution. Her work spans painting, sculpture, and drawing, including static, moving, and environmental pieces, black and white, chromatic exploration, technical, and material experiments.
- Venice Marathon, October 27, 2024
Madonna della Salute Festival on November 21, 2024.
I’ll update you later with the details of the Christmas markets.
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