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Venice Biennale could open earlier in May

Potential 2015 clash with Frieze New York

Sooner rather than later? The Biennale could begin in the first week of May

The Venice Biennale may move the opening of its 2015 exhibition to the first week of May. According to a source in the organisers’ office, the show’s management team is looking into co-ordinating the private view of the next edition with the opening of the World Expo in Milan, which begins on 1 May 2015.

If the change goes ahead, it would put increased pressure on art dealers and curators who are already struggling to meet the demands of a jam-packed spring calendar. The Biennale’s opening week could potentially overlap with Frieze New York, which takes place in the second week of May. The move could alienate art dealers who heavily subsidise the production of new work for the Venice exhibition.

A spokeswoman for Frieze says: “We’ve not set our 2015 dates yet.” She declined to say if the fair could consider rescheduling its New York event.

Previous editions of the Biennale have opened just before Art Basel in June. But for the past two editions, Venice has scheduled its opening earlier; this year, the private view closed on 31 May, ten days before the first VIP preview day of Art Basel yesterday.

“It [made] no sense to go to the [Venice] opening and then wait a week for Basel,” says the New York-based collector and gallerist Adam Lindemann. “I would have preferred [to go] to the opening of the Biennale and then to Basel immediately [afterwards],” agrees Robbie Antonio, a property developer and collector from the Philippines.

“Of course we would prefer it if the Biennale’s opening and Art Basel were co-ordinated, but they haven’t been for the past couple of editions and it hasn’t had a negative impact on us,” says Marc Spiegler, Art Basel’s director.

A spokeswoman for the Biennale says: “The dates of the [2015 edition] have not yet been officially confirmed.”

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