Key Highlights to Feature at the Venice Design Biennial 2023

The Venice Design Biennial is an international forum that showcases the latest trends and innovations in the design world.

Launched in 2016, it’s a relatively new event but has quickly gained a reputation as one of the most important design celebrations in the world. Held every two years, it takes place in one of the world’s most unique and visually inspiring cities, Venice, Italy. This year’s show will be held from May 19th to June 18th.

The biennial’s focus is on contemporary design, and it attracts designers and design enthusiasts from all over the world. Featuring a range of exhibitions, talks, and workshops that explore the latest trends and innovations in design – there’s plenty to suit everyone’s tastes.

Divided between a thematic main group exhibition and a series of collateral projects at unique locations across the city, the Venice Design Biennial is an exciting event that breathes new life into the historic city.

Today, we take a look at the key highlights to feature at this year’s Venice Design Biennial guaranteed to make it an event to remember. 


The theme of the Venice Design Biennial 2023: Auto-Exotic

The theme of the 2023 edition of the Venice Design Biennial is “Auto-Exotic.” The theme is a call to action for designers to explore how design can embrace cultures and investigate “otherness”, near and far, in a way that doesn’t perpetuate stale prejudices and stereotypes but isn’t completely devoid of radicalness.

The Venice Design Biennial invites designers to present their visions of the future of design in a city that sits at the hinge between East and West, and from which explorer Marco Polo opened the doors to the exploration of the unknown. The theme focuses on critiquing the concept of exoticism and exploring its influence outside of Western culture, with a focus on international designers. 


Main Exhibition

The main exhibition is one of the most important aspects of the Venice Design Biennial. The exhibition features works from some of the world’s leading designers and design studios, all exploring the theme of “Auto-Exotic”.

The main exhibition is a showcase of the latest trends and innovations in contemporary design. Expect to see inspiring and thought-provoking designs that challenge our assumptions about what design can achieve moving forward and how it can be used to rupture existing misconceptions and harmful stereotypes. The exhibition is a must-see for anyone interested in the design world and is guaranteed to provide an unforgettable visual feast for the eyes. 

Auto Exotica

Emerging Designers Exhibition

In addition to the main exhibition, the Venice Design Biennial also features an exhibition dedicated to emerging designers. This is a great opportunity to discover new talent and see the future of design in action. The focus of the Emerging Designers Exhibition will be on how young designers are responding to the challenges of the 21st century.

It’s a chance to explore new ideas and to meet the designers responsible for them. It’s also an opportunity for emerging designers to showcase their work and gain exposure in the international design community.


Talks and Workshops

The Venice Design Biennial is not just about seeing amazing designs – it’s also a chance to learn from some of the world’s leading designers and design thinkers. The event features a packed program of talks, workshops, and panel discussions, covering a wide range of topics related to design and society. The talks and workshops are a chance to hear from experts in the field and to learn about the latest trends and innovations in their world. 


Design Events and Venues around Venice

It goes without saying that one of the biggest highlights of the Venice Design Biennial is simply being in Venice itself, which is a work of art in its own right. With its winding canals, beautiful bridges, and historic architecture. Whether you’re exploring the narrow streets of the city’s back alleys or taking a leisurely gondola ride along the Grand Canal, Venice is a truly unforgettable destination.

The Venues around Venice

The Venice Design Biennial takes place across a number of different venues in the city, each with its own unique character and history. This means that as well as seeing incredible designs from all over the globe, you’ll also get to explore some of the most beautiful and interesting parts of the city including historic palazzos, hidden cloisters, private galleries, and various other locations of interest.


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