OPEN International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations in Venice-Lido, Italy, celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2012.  Conceived and curated by Paolo De Grandis, and organized by Arte Communications in collaboration with the Department of Culture and the Venice City Council, the OPEN exhibitions run parallel to the International Film Festival at the end of each summer.  Over the years, OPEN has involved the participation of more than 70 countries, 400 artists and 150 internationally renowned curators. For a few artists, including Cornelia Kubler Kavanagh, the exhibition has provided both a privileged platform, and an important venue for their subsequent participation in the Venice Biennale.