A few weeks ago, Italian lighting company Foscarini invited Design Milk to the contemporary art world’s ultimate exhibition, La Biennale, which takes place in Venice every two years (hence the name). Foscarini, which is a sponsor of the festival, hosted us on a stroll through some of the 30 permanent national pavilions in the city’s Giardini (public gardens) as well as a guided tour of the “ILLUMInations” exhibit in the Venetian Arsenal. Below are the highlights from the Arsenale, which features 83 artists from around the world.

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Song Dong (Born and works in China)

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Andro Wekua (Born in Georgia; works in Switzerland and Germany)

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Rashid Johnson (Born and works in USA)

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Franz West (Born and works in Austria)

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Nicholas Hlobo (Born and works in South Africa)

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Navid Nuur (Born in Iran; works in Holland)

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Luca Francesconi (Born in Italy; works in Italy and France)

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Klara Liden (Born in Sweden; works in Germany)

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Jean-Luc Mylayne (Born in France; works globally)

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Corinne Wasmuht (Born and works in Germany)

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Ida Ekblad (Born and works in Norway)

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Ida Ekblad (Born and works in Norway)

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Ida Ekblad (Born and works in Norway)

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Guilia Piscitelli (Born and works in Italy)

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Fabian Marti (Born and works in Switzerland)

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Elad Lassry (Born in Israel; works in USA)

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Birdhead (Born and work in China)

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Anya Titova (Born and works in Russia)

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Annette Kelm (Born and works in Germany)

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Urs Fischer (Born in Switzerland; works in USA)

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Monica Bonvicini (Born in Italy; works in Germany)