More than 400,000 people have now visited this year’s Venice Biennale, and last weekend also saw the International Art Exhibition set a new daily attendance record on Saturday 2 November, with 7,331 visitors.

Curated by Massimiliano Gioni, the 55th edition of the Venice Biennale ‘takes its curatorial foundation from the ideas of Marino Auriti and the museum he wanted to build housing all the world’s knowledge’, as S Mark Gubb reported for a-n News in his review of The Encylopedic Palace exhibition at the Arsenale and Giardini.

Back in May, Gubb was one of 23 artists who attended the Biennale’s professional view with the assistance of a-n’s Go and see: Venice Biennale bursary scheme. Fellow bursary awardee Maurice Carlin concluded his tour of the national pavilions and collateral events with a visit to first-time exhibitors The Holy See, commenting “the realms of contemporary art know no bounds – anyone is free to join this club if they can present themselves suitably.”

If you’ve yet to make your visit to the Venice Biennale, which continues to 24 November, first check out our Eleven recommendations from artists, featuring top picks from more Go and see bursaries awardees, including Nicole Mollett’s selection, the Portuguese Pavilion, that “holds a metaphorical finger up to the billionaires’ yachts parked in the Venice lagoon.”

And for more on first-time exhibitors, read Pippa Koszerek’s Venice for the first time: this year’s debut pavilions, including Angola’s Golden Lion-winning presentation of Edson Chagas’ photographs that feature “everyday found objects sited uncannily within Angola’s capital city Luanda, and displayed as piles of posters on the floor of the 16th century Palazzo Cini.”

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For a full round up of coverage on a-n News see the venice_2013 tag.

Go and see: Venice Biennale bursary blogs – S Mark Gubb Maurice Carlin Annabel Dover Jade Montserrat William Aitchison

Reviews of the 55th Venice Biennale and more.