long-anticipated expression of art and freedom, of renewed access to art, people and to Venice, is overshadowed by a world-devastating war in Europe.

The Venice Biennale is an irresistible, indigestible moveable feast. Like a Chinese Lazy Susan, the table turns each time, pushed forward by geopolitical shifts.

From being the Olympics of the art world, the Venice Biennale has now become a ‘Game of Thrones’, where powerful countries, institutions, backers, curators and artists are seriously challenged by hitherto marginalised others whose strategies, activism and events grow in influence and relevance.

The Venice Biennale is regarded as one of the most prestigious cultural events in the international calendar. Its history dates back to 1895; since 1998, it has sought to place new work in a relationship with the past and promote a stronger dialogue with the viewer.