Venice Design Biennial 2021, 20 May 2021 — 27 Jun 2021

Venice Design Biennial 2021

Conceived, produced and organised by Venice Art Factory

Various venues in Venice, Venice, Italy

A permanent forum on the culture of design, the Venice Design Biennale connects Venice to an international network of design leaders.

Every two years it organises a diffuse design exhibitions in Venice, coinciding with the Architecture Biennale. Launched in 2016, it is divided between a thematic Main Group Exhibition and a series of Collateral Projects hosted within unique locations across the city. Along with the exhibitions, the Venice Design Biennial also proposes the Talks programme, with international speakers invited to share their visions on design.

The theme for the 2021’s edition of the Main Group Exhibition is Design As Self Portrait.. The self-portrait has not always existed in the history of art. Absent in antiquity and with first examples traceable back to the Middle Ages, it was only during the Renaissance that self-portraiture became a genre of art in its own right.
In recent decades, the self-portrait has ceased to belong exclusively to artists. Everyone is invited to portray themselves. Everyone creates a representation of one’s self in a space of free fluctuation, a space in which identity becomes a design object.
The exhibition Design As Self Portrait looks at the increasingly important role of design in how we choose to communicate our identity, exploring the continuous play between use and representation, between reality and virtuality.

The programme:
Design As Self Portrait_part 1
SPARC*-Spazio Arte Contemporanea
Campo Santo Stefano,  San Marco 2828a

Design As Self Portrait_part 2
SPUMA-Space for the Arts
Fondamenta S. Biagio 800R, Giudecca
Past Forward
designers from the land of Venice
Museo Archeologico
Piazza San Marco, Procuratie Vecchie
Walking on Water
by Jo Cope
live performance and installation
in collaboration with Piedaterre
T Fondaco dei Tedeschi
Calle del Fontego dei Tedeschi, Ponte di Rialto
Performance on the Terrace:
May 20th-21st, all day long
Installation May 20 >June 27, on the 3rd
Pretziada: a self portrait in design
Oratorio dei Crociferi
Campo dei Gesuiti, Cannaregio 4904
Contacts & Details

Various venues in Venice



Various venues in Venice, Venice, Italy

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