Now Available to Download: Christie's App Offers a Complete Guide to the Venice Biennale

Now Available to Download: Christie's App Offers a Complete Guide to the Venice Biennale

by ArtDaily

(June 1, 2011) Christie’s, the world’s leading art business, created the first ever, complete guide to the Venice Art Biennale and are now happy to offer it for free to any art lover.

Francis Outred, Head of Post-War and Contemporary Art, Christie’s Europe, said: 'I am delighted to announce the launch of the first edition of Christie’s Venice Biennale App. The range of pavilions, exhibitions and events taking place in Venice grows every year and the need to see and find the very best of what's on offer can be quite daunting for all visitors, from the very experienced to the very new. Offering a full itinerary plus the up-to-the-minute thoughts of our specialists on the ground in Venice, this iPhone App will hopefully become everybody's best friend! In addition, it will provide equally important information on the very best restaurants, as well as local information. Using state of the art technology to bring art closer to people’s lives is at the heart of our digital strategy and this app follows on the heels of Christie's highly successful iPhone app in 2009 and iPad app last year.”

Now available to download for free for iPhone and iPad, the app lists and geo-locates not only all of the official Venice Biennale exhibitions and artists, but also the fringe venues and independently organised events. Functions also include art experts’ tips as well as useful numbers and listings of selected Venetian restaurants and hotels.

The GPS function, which doesn’t require coverage to work, will locate you on the map and then help you find your next destination. The app is now live on iTunes so that visitors have time to begin storing their Biennale favourites in the ‘My Biennale’ scheduler section, ahead of the vernissage week 1-3 June.

The Biennale runs to 27 November 2011 and expects to see some 375,000 visitors.

Biennale app can be used on iPhone and iPad.
Now downloadable at: www.christies.com/on-the-go/mobile/iphone.aspx#biennale

The Biennale App functions include:
• Where am I? – A fully embedded map of Venice allowing you to find your location, Biennale venue locations and get directions, entirely independent of wifi signal.

• Events – What is happening, where and when. A calendar of events with map locations.

• Restaurants – Find the restaurant nearest you and then use the telephone numbers detailed to ring and reserve. All map functions (including pavilions and events) are also available in list format.

• Social Networking – send favourites to both Facebook and Twitter, and follow a live Twitter stream fed by Christie’s experts on what’s happening on the ground at the Biennale.

• Useful info – how to get vaporetto tickets, book a private water taxi, access tourist information, wifi in Venice, and routes to the airport, etc.

• Expert Tips – leading names in the art world give their expert tips about what to see and where to go in town.

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