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Venice Biennale in Pictures: The Most Important Contemporary Art Today

Over the weekend the 55th Venice Art Bienniale—the largest and most important international showcase for contemporary art—opened to the public.

Over the weekend the 55th Venice Art Biennale, the largest and most important international showcase for contemporary art, opened to the public. Sculpture, drawing, installation, performance, and video were all on view—challenging and expanding our notions of what art is and continues to be.

With more than 150 artists from 37 countries, and 88 National Participations in venues throughout the city, a range of topics were explored visually: everyday life in Iraq; the war zone in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo; cloning as it relates to exploration. There were also calls to look inward, with the main exhibition wondering: "What room is left for inner images in an era besieged by external ones?" And South Korea's Kimsooja asked viewers to tap into their own bodies and breath—an interesting exercise to do among a crowd of art viewers, which included curious members of the clergy.

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Five Exhibits We're Dying to See at the Venice Biennale

Check out our sneak peak from the Venice Bienniale.

There are plenty of reasons to visit Venice, Italy, but this week, the sinking city kicked off the biggest and best art event in the world: The Venice Biennale. With over 150 artists from 37 countries, along with more than 50 auxiliary exhibitions and events, every corner and canal in Venice will be surrounded by art.

We'll also be there to bring you a full report, and we'll be on Twitter and Instagram sharing our favorite images so check back often. In the meantime, here's a preview of five shows we're looking forward to viewing, compiled by Rodrigo Mejia and Aaron Liu.

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GOOD Ideas for Cities: Three Ideas for Venice, Italy

At an event held at the 13th International Architecture Biennale in Venice, Italy, three teams of architects presented their concepts for the city.

A few months ago GOOD Ideas for Cities was selected as one of 124 grassroots urban initiatives in the exhibition Spontaneous Interventions: design actions for the common good, the U.S. delegation to the 13th International Architecture Biennale in Venice, Italy. As part of the exhibition, we were asked to organize an event pairing three Venetian architecture firms with challenges proposed by three local urban leaders. Here are the ideas for Venice they proposed. If you can get to Venice by this weekend, the Biennale closes on Saturday, November 25.

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Making Pint-Sized Authors in Los Angeles with 826

826LA's Executive Director Joel Arquillos gives some perspective on how to teach Latino students and dishes some project-based learning tips.

Former Bay Area high school social studies teacher Joel Arquillos dedicated his life to writing, but unlike so many others who moved to Los Angeles, he's not pitching screenplays. The 38 year-old Executive Director of writing and tutoring nonprofit 826LA wants to equip the next generation of L.A. kids with the writing chops they need to hit it big in Hollywood, or bring in the As at Harvard.

Arquillos manages two 826 offices in Los Angeles—one in Echo Park and one in Venice—and oversees the organization's savvy push toward running programs on school campuses. Last year 826LA taught writing to over 6,000 students, many of whom come from low-income, Latino backgrounds.

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