The European Cultural Centre

The European Cultural Centre is a cultural organisation founded by the Dutch artist Rene Rietmeyer and originates back to 2002. Today we are an ever-expanding group of diverse people who would like to make a positive difference. We care about humanity and about the overall state and direction of our world. With this in mind, doing nothing is not an option.

We have created a dynamic organisation which establishes cultural centres worldwide and is devoted to generate cultural exchange by organizing international art and architecture exhibitions, symposia and a wide range of cultural projects. Not only with Europeans but together with people from all around the world. Our goal is to create awareness, to strengthen our cultural commons, to cherish our uniqueness and to learn about the qualities within our differences. We believe that progress is best made by creating a deeper awareness about the serious challenges we all face today. We try to bring people from different cultures together in the hope that we will all learn from each other.

Naturally we have our own opinions and we do like to promote our own values, values in which we strongly believe. We are a non-political and non-religious organisation, open to all people and to all points of view, as long as they are respectful of the freedom,  dignity and rights of every single living being.

The ECC-Italy in Venice mainly organises contemporary art, architecture and design exhibitions. In addition, we organise symposiums, meetings, workshops, educational programs and many other cultural events. We wish to make it possible for all people to visit our events always free of charge. Our events in Venice are visited by over 600.000 people every year. Since we want to stay as independent and transparent as possible, we choose to finance our activities with the support of those organisations and people who participate in our projects, without the waste of taxpayers' money.

Although the ECC-Italy can make use of many venues in Venice and other Italian cities, the main venues of the ECC-Italy are the Palazzos: Mora, Bembo, Michiel and two public city gardens in the historical centre of Venice.

Our own publications are an important part of our activities, not only by documenting our events and projects, but also by presenting different points of view, different ideas, from people originating from many different cultures. Our publications are raising awareness about the topics Time-Space and Existence, thus building up and making visible a platform for theoretical and artistic perspectives on culture.

The ECC-Italy is part of the larger European Cultural Centre worldwide Satellite network and benefits from all its global partnerships with educational and cultural, governmental and non-governmental institutions, like Museums, Foundations and several other private initiatives. The ECC is in the continued process of establishing Satellites in different parts of the world. Our aim is to enlarge our network of cultural entrepreneurs, to create exhibitions, publications, videos and other cultural activities. The ECC has today established centres in Italy, Belgium, Japan, the Netherlands, Russia, India, South Africa and the USA. The European Cultural Centre headquarter is in the Netherlands. 

Please download here the pdf file: ECC - ITALY WHO WE ARE

Please click here for the pdf file:   Art, Architecture and Design Institutions    

Please click here for the pdf file: Innovations & Design

The ECC-worldwide Headquarter is located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. 



Number of visitors, Structure of visitors / country, profession, etc
We have statistics for the Palazzos, however, we have no precise numbers for the gardens, the numbers are too large and too difficult to obtain. We estimate that each year there are about 2 million people passing by the gardens and there will be approx. 400.000 people entering at least one of the two gardens in one year.

Nobody never knows the precise job description of its visitors, because even if you ask your visitors, you can never be sure if they do not exaggerate, and make it sound more beautiful than it is. However, from the approx. 700.000 unique visitors who visit one of the gardens and/or one of the Palazzos we estimate that approx. 300.000 visitors are professionally related to art or architecture, depending upon which year of Biennale. Professional visitors could be Architects, Engineers, Designers, Developers, Planners, Landscape Architects, artists, gallery owners, museum people, etc. In addition, we estimate that more than 40.000 visitors are students and over 3.000 are journalists. During the architecture Biennale we estimate that from the approx. 300.000 professional visitors approx. 60% is a practicing architect.
We apologize that we can not give any more precise data, this is because we prefer not to give any fake data and stay as close to reality as possible.

European Cultural Centre Statistics
Our Art and Architecture Biennial exhibitions have every year over 200 participants who are seen by a growing number of visitors.

European Cultural Centre; Palazzo Bembo    European Cultural Centre; Palazzo Mora
Approx. Visitor numbers:   Approx. Visitor numbers: 
Art Biennale  2011 – 70.000    
Architecture  2012 – 50.000    
Art Biennale  2013 – 95.000   Art Biennale  2013 – 125.000
Architecture  2014 – 115.000   Architecture  2014 – 145.000
Art Biennale  2015 – 160.000   Art Biennale  2015 – 230.000
Architecture  2016 – 155.000   Architecture  2016 – 260.000
Art Biennale  2017 – 190.000   Art Biennale  2017 – 310.000
Architecture  2018 – 175.000     Architecture  2018 – 280.000 
Art Biennale  2019 – 200.000     Art Biennale  2019 – 300.000 
For 2021 we can expect approx.. 130.000 visitors   For 2021 we can expect approx.. 200.000 visitors
Palazzo Bembo in 2019 approx.:    Palazzo Mora in 2019 approx.: 
Professional public 48 %   Professional public 39 %
Students 14 %   Students 12 %
Other, but with goal 30 %   Other, but with goal 32 %
Other, just Walk-in visitors 8 %   Other just Walk-in visitors 17 %
Visitor origin, Palazzo Bembo in 2019 approx:   Visitor origin, Palazzo Mora in 2019 approx:
European 56 %   European 51 %
North American 12 %   North American 11 %
Asian and Arabic 23 %   Asian and Arabic 26 %
Others 9 %   Others 12 %