The VENICE BIENNALE IN ARCHITECTURE is the single most important and prestigious international event in contemporary architecture, equivalent to the ‘Olympics’ of Architecture. As the largest tourist event in Italy, the Biennale is also a ‘must-see’ attraction for all visitors to Venice.

The Venice Biennale is held in the beautiful GIARDINI PUBBLICI (Public Gardens) and the ARSENALE (former shipyards), just a short walk from St. Mark’s Square and the heart of the city on the main waterfront of Venice. Canada is one of only 30 countries to have its own permanent national pavilion in the Giardini. Our official 2012 entry, Migrating Landscapes, will be installed in the Canada Pavilion, located at a key position in the Giardini, with panoramic views of the historic city and lagoon. This provides us with a unique opportunity to showcase Canadian excellence in architecture on the world stage.

More than 170,000 international visitors will attend the 2012 Venice Biennale to be inspired by cutting-edge architecture, to share ideas and to network with peers in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Millions more will be exposed to the Venice Biennale through the Biennale’s high-powered international media campaign, a dedicated website, extensive postering throughout Italy, merchandising and an exhibition catalogue. Canadian participants in the Venice Biennale consistently enjoy an exponential increase in profile and business as a result of the worldwide exposure the exhibition provides.