The 56th edition of the event starts at the Giardini Central Pavilioin and goes on to the Arsenale. 136 artists from 53 countries will feature, will 89 of those artists exhibiting at the event for their first time.

Chair of the event Paolo Baratta spoke about the historical depth to the Biennale.

"This is our 56th edition. The Biennale is now 120 years old, and year after year it moves forward and builds on its own history, which is formed of many memories but, in particular, a long succession of different perspectives from which to observe the phenomenon of contemporary artistic creation."

"Everything here is exhibited against the backdrop of the Biennale's 120-year history. Fragments of the past of various kinds may be found in every corner.''

Check out Barnebys favorites at the Biennale.

unnamed herman de vries' 'to be all ways to be' in the Dutch Pavilion
© Judith Jockel

unnamed (7) The Pontus Hulten Case at Palazzo Nani Mocenigo, VITRARIA, 2015, © Hans De Wolf – Rinus Van de Velde.

unnamed (6) Kerim Seiler's performance 'Space is my Canvas' as part of the Opening ceremony of the Salon Suisse 2015

unnamed (1) Greek Pavilion and Maria Papadimitrou’s ‘Why Look at Animals – AGRIMIKÁ’
© Maria Papadimitrou, Installation view, AGRIMIKÁ, 2015. Courtesy T.A.M.A. Temporary Autonomous Museum for All and the Artist

unnamed (2) Our Product’ by Pamela Rosenkranz in the Swiss Pavilion
© Marc Asekhame

unnamed (3) 'Respiro' by Sarkis in the Pavilion of Turkey
© André Morin

unnamed (4) Albert Serra's 'Singularity' and the opening event
Albert Serra, SINGULARITY, 2015. Audiovisual installation, dimensions variable. Part of the Catalan Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale. © Albert Serra Juanola

Check out more on the event here.