Fondazione Giorgio Cini: Penelope’s Labour: Weaving Words and Images. Until September 18 on the Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore in the Sala del Convito of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini is the exhibition Penelope’s Labour: Weaving Words and Images. The exhibition of contemporary and antique tapestries, embroidery and carpets was curated by Adam Lowe and Jerry Brotton and produced and organised by the Giorgio Cini Foundation in collaboration with Factum Arte, Madrid. The exhibition of 20 large-scale works ranging from invaluable late 15th-century tapestries to Boetti’s hand-woven tapestries and contemporary works made by combining the mechanical Jacquard loom and digital art, highlights how “woven images” are once more at the heart of artistic practice. In addition to several significant antique tapestries from the Cini Foundation and private collections, the exhibition features contemporary tapestries and carpets by Azra Aksamija, Lara Baladi, Alighiero Boetti, Manuel Franquelo, Carlos Garaicoa, Craigie Horsfield, Simon Peers and Nicholas Godley, Grayson Perry and Marc Quinn. Above: Grayson Perry – Walthamstow Tapestry. Grayson Perry’s enormous Walthamstow Tapestry, 2009, (290 x 1500 cm), wool and silk, Flanders Tapestries, starts from the Medieval tapestries beloved of Flemish weavers to make a vast tormented, personal allegory of the evils of contemporary life. The artist weaves a tale that is a highly subjective translation of the “Seven Ages of Man”. Following the classic tapestry direction from left to right, he combines the Christian iconography of the Virgin Mary and Christ in confessional, autobiographical elements interwoven with the modern consumerist icons. The result is a personal, profoundly idiosyncratic woven image that becomes the basis for the “craftsman” Perry to make further rhythmic transformations.