Today begins the previews of la Biennale di Venezia — the 55th International Art Exhibition in Venice. We love Venice best at just this time, at the start of the Biennale, when the city is full of the contemporary art world’s most notable figures and an energy and vibe that is almost unmatched. The Director of this year’s exhibition, titled Il Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace), is the New Museum’s Massimiliano Gioni — perhaps making for the most impactful Biennale yet.

The Biennale is open to the public from June 1 – November 24, 2013.