Built between 1783 and 1801, it has been restored to provide over twenty thousand square metres of dramatic exhibition space arranged in massive, high-arched rooms and is always worth a visit whatever is on show there. There are ambitious plans to extend the galleries.
So it’s exciting to learn that in May 2012, in the run-up to the Euro 2012 football championships, the Art Arsenal will host "Arsenale 2012", a Biennale project subtitled "The Best of Times, the Worst of Times. Rebirth and Apocalypse in Contemporary Art".
The Biennale has several British angles. It will be curated by David Elliott, a British curator and writer who has headed up museums and organised exhibitions around the world. London based Curzon PR is responsible for the public relations.