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Thursday31 July 2014

Venice Biennale sees rise in visitor numbers

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More than 178,000 attend Chipperfield-curated architecture exhibition, almost 5% more than 2010

This year’s Venice Biennale architecture exhibition saw visitor numbers increase by almost 5% from 2010, with more than 178,000 people attending the 12-week event curated by David Chipperfield.

The exhibition, which closed yesterday, was the 13th architecture exhibition in the Biennale’s history. Organisers said they were certain to exceed the 170,000 visitors seen in 2010 by more than 4.7%.

An average of 2,253 people visited the event every day, almost half of whom were young people and students. Groups of students represented more than a quarter of visitors.

Venice Biennale president Paolo Baratta said the increased number of visitors confirmed the architecture exhibition as “a place of special and general interest for the whole world”.

The theme of this year’s exhibition was Common Ground. Chipperfield said: “We wanted to give emphasis on what we have in common and to reassert the existence of an architectural culture, made up not just of singular talents but a rich continuity of diverse ideas united in a common history.”

Fifty-five countries took part in this year’s exhibition, including four - Angola, Kuwait, Republic of Kosovo and Peru - which participated for the first time.

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