Founded over a century ago, the Venice Biennale switches between art and architecture. This year marks the Biennale d’Arte’s 58th edition, which takes over Venice through November 24. As summer winds down and the crowds in Venice abate, AIR MAIL Arts Intel Researcher Elena Clavarino discusses the Biennale with Bianca Arrivabene, deputy chairman of Christie’s Italy—and a Venice native.

E.C.: First things first: for those unfamiliar with it, what is the Venice Biennale?