While the Venice Biennale attracts thousands of art lovers from all over the world, each pavillion has their opening parties which are fabulous following the vernissage (the private viewing of paintings before public exhibition). As you can see from the picture above taken in 2009, you can see Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto breaking his mirrors during a performance for the creation of his “Twentytwo less two” installation on the second day of vernissage in front of spectators. Below is the finished version in the Arsenale building.
You may also have a more reserved private function as there was at the New Zealand vernissage in 2011 where there was an amazing red meticulously carved grand piano played by Michael Parekowhai.
This year for the 2015 Biennale, the vernissages begin the week before the official Biennale is open to the public on May 9, 2015. This means that every evening the week before will be full of amazing palace parties!! It is a good idea to book your Venice hotel for a few days before the public viewing so you can get a taste of the private openings all over the city!