Venice invented the art biennale. In 1895, the city presented the first installment of its celebrated fair, staging a never-before-seen meeting of the world’s most creative minds. This year’s 57th Venice Biennale will maintain a packed calendar throughout the summer, with more than 50 official locations scattered throughout the city. The season’s must-see exhibits include Damien Hirst’s Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable (a world debut showing at the Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana) and David LaChapelle’s Lost+Found (a 100-image display at Casa dei Tre Oci gallery).
The Guggenheim Foundation is highlighting the American painter Mark Tobey with his first comprehensive retrospective in nearly 20 years, while the Fondazione Prada presents The Boat Is Leaking. The Captain Lied., a transmedia collaborative project by the German filmmaker Alexander Kluge and artist Thomas Demand.