Your dinner and tours may be added during the registration process in the registration area. However, if you have already registered and now wish to add the dinner and/or the tours, please email the
Conference Secretariat at this link with your request.

Thursday, 30 July 2009

Join us on the terrace of Al Colombo Ristorante for our Arts Conference Dinner in Venice!

The historic Ristorante Al Colombo gives you a chance to enjoy their special Venetian atmosphere, located on a theatrical Venetian Courtyard. The owners are true art lovers, for inside, the walls are hung with major artists such as Murer, De Chirico, Cherubini, Bro, Musiċ, and Pino Signoretto.

The cost of the dinner is USD 110.00. If you’ve already registered and would now like to add the conference dinner, please email the conference secretariat at this link and specify non vegetarian or vegetarian.
Your conference dinner will include a Prosecco Welcome, dinner, dessert, wine, water and coffee as well as all taxes and gratuity.

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

As part of our Pre-Conference Day activities, the Arts Conference will host two tours of selected pavilions. Both tours will visit the same pavilions and leave at 10:00 am and 12:00 noon. Please choose just one tour time. The tour will last approximately two hours and you must pre-register online prior to the Pre-Conference Day of 28 July.

If you have questions, please email the conference secretariat at this link. There will also be an information desk available at the Best Western Hotel Ala on Tuesday, 28 July from 09:00 – 10:00 am only.

The cost of the tour is USD 28.00 (EUR 20.00). Your ticket will be good for our tour and visit to the Giardini. If you’d like to leave and return the same day, please have your hand stamped. Keep your ticket! It will also be good for a visit to the Arsenale either on the same day as our tour, or an another day. To register for the tour of your choice, please email the conference secretariat at this link.

Each tour will meet at the ticket booths Giardini della Biennale fifteen minutes prior to the beginning of your tour. (Click here for map.) There is a vaporetto stop right at the Giardini, and there are signs for the Biennale. The ticket booths are a group of 4 large red structures. The outing will begin with a tour of Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Making Worlds, curated by Daniel Birnbaum, Visual Arts Director of the Venice Biennale, 2009. The tour will then proceed to a series of three National Pavilions: USA (Winner of the Golden Lion prize for best national pavilion); Spanish; and Polish.

Following the tours, please join us at the conference hotel, The Hotel Ala, in Campo Santa Maria del Giglio, for an informal Biennale Roundtable discussion. This will take place in the Hotel Ala breakfast room from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm (17.00 – 18.30). Subsequent to the Biennale Roundtable discussion, please join us for an informal soirée at 6:30 pm (18:30) at Tarnowska’s American Bar, also in the Hotel Ala. (Cash bar – drinks will be available for purchase.)

A Brief Description of the Tours follows:

International Art Exhibition
Our first stop will be a tour of the main International Exhibition site. Swedish curator Daniel Birnbaum, Rector of the Staedelschule in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany, is this year’s Director of the Visual Arts Sector of the Venice Biennale. The entire International Exhibition includes the quarter-mile-long Arsenale, as well as the Corderie, the Artiglierie, and the Gaggiandre.

USA Pavilion
Bruce Nauman: Topological Gardens, the official U.S. entry and winner of the Biennale Golden Lion Prize for best national pavilion (organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art) presents a thematic survey comprising four decades of Bruce Nauman’s innovative and provocative work over three exhibition sites. Spread across three sites, the USA Pavilion is located in the Giardini della Biennale. As Nauman’s work in diverse mediums might be described as topological—based on resonance and transformation—each site allows visitors to access the logic of the entire exhibition at any point.

Spanish Pavilion
Winner of the Spanish National Visual Arts Prize in 1986 and the Prince of Asturias Arts Prize in 2003, the artist Mallorca Miquel Barceló represents Spain at the 53rd Venice Biennale. Curated by Enrique Juncosa, director of the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, the exhibition features recent large format paintings alongside other older paintings to comprise a survey of Barceló's work since 2000. Titled simply "Miquel Barceló," the show revolves around the artist's perennial themes, including primates, African landscapes and the foam of ocean waves. The exhibition also features a series of works by the French artist and writer François Augiéras (1925-1971), whose work renders small format representations of African genre scenes.

Polish Pavilion
Our third stop takes us to Goscie/Guests at the Polish Pavilion, curated by Grzegorz Musial and Andrzej Torowski, Signum Foundation Palazzo Dona Venice. The protagonists of Krzysztof Wodiczko's projection in the Polish Pavilion are immigrants; people who, not being 'at home', remain 'eternal guests'. Notions of 'strangers' and 'others' are key notions in Wodiczko's artistic practice and enable those who, deprived of rights, invisible and nameless to communicate in their voice, to make a presence in public space. In his Venice project, Wodiczko combines the unique experience of his earlier indoor projections, staged in galleries or museums, which opened the otherwise isolated art world to the outside world.

For more information on pavilions and venues, see

Effective 21 November 2008, all rates are expressed in US dollars.

After your original booking, the payment for additional accommodations, dinners and/or tours will be charged to the credit card that we have on file for you.
If you prefer that an alternate card be charged, please submit the new card number when submitting your amended booking request.