First time in Venice? Start your journey here. You’ll still be fresh with energy to find your way to the exhibition in the first place. The Palazzo Ducale is a maze, but at least you’ll be crossing off a major tourist attraction off your list too. The Kiefer show itself is an incredible display of floor-to-ceiling artworks made with thick globs of paint, molten metals, and found objects (models of U-boats, military uniforms, even shopping carts). While referencing the room’s historic murals that depict Venetian military might, Kiefer also obliterates them with a more brutal and honest view of conflict and suffering. The exhibit’s title translates as follows: “These writings, when burned, will finally cast a little light.” Though that light can be hard to see, Kiefer proves that art remains a potent force during times of horror.
Tickets are €26.