They say the beauty of art is that it can take you anywhere, and there is no place where this statement holds more truth than the Venice Biennale. The Biennale presents the collective imaginations of hundreds of the world's most distinguished artists, exploring poignant cultural and political issues from their nation states, anchored on the theme of 'All the World's Futures'. The art is staged across a number of exquisite sites including lush gardens, former naval shipyards, quaint disused churches, palazzos and courtyards, striking a dramatic contrast between the ancient Venetian architecture and bold contemporary art. 

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If the thought of traipsing through hundreds of exhibitions gives you art fatigue, plan your visit around these five standout Pavilions featuring some of the most jaw-dropping, thought-provoking contemporary art you will see in your lifetime. After all that cultural absorption you'll be well and truly ready for a Campari spritz on the Grand Canal. Saluti

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