La Biennale di Venezia or Venice Biennale was founded in 1895 and it is now one of the most famous and prestigious cultural organizations in the world. Paolo Baratta has been its President since 2008 and before that from 1998 to 2001.
La Biennale, who stands at the forefront of research and promotion of new contemporary art trends, organizes exhibitions and research in all its specific sectors: Arts, Architecture, Cinema, Dance, Music, and Theatre. Its history is documented in the Historical Archives of Contemporary Arts (Asac) that recently has been completely renovated.
Since 1998 the Art Biennale and the Architecture Biennale are no longer simply exhibitions organized with the contribution of National Pavilions, but rest instead on three pillars: