The restoration of Mariano Fortuny’stheatres carries on….A cocktail party was held at Palazzo Fortuny for thecompletion of the restoration of Mariano Fortuny’s Teatro delle Feste andDipinti Dell’Atelier and the weep for help for the restoration of the BayreuthTheatre and the Theatre Drawings Album. “THANK YOU” said Franca Coin president of the Venice Foundation “When you dosomething for Venice it bounces back at an international level.” The thanks was aimed at to all the micropatrons who bought virtual seats to help restore the Teatro delle Feste to itsfull splendor.The tale: In 1912,Mariano Fortuny, Gabriele D’Annunzio and Lucien Hesse designed the Teatro delleFeste, which was to be constructed at Esplanade des Invalides in Paris. Marianohimself built the model, based on their design, with his prodigious hands,inside the studio of the present-day Fortuny Museum where it is now exhibitedin all its ex- glory.
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Palazzo Malipiero: Patrick Mimran – After: The Image of the Sky as Mental landscape. Patrick Mimran presents at Palazzo Malipiero, After: The Image of the Sky as Mental landscape until November 27. Photographs offering a curious stock: skys sometimes heavy, or light, wobbly cloudy … perspectives of blue. In Mimran’s art sense seems to recoil beneath the boundary of visible, behind the surface.Above: Patrick Mimran is photographed with After in Switzerland. As the art historian Paul Ardenne writes “The question being “after what?” What has happened? A storm, a catastrophe, simple, ordinary moments that we have not noticed? Each image here indexes a small bit of temporality, owing to weather and the appearance in the sky. But that is all we will ever know. Might the instantaneous be fusing with eternity here? Patrick Mimran leaves us with our questions, while our stare is absorbed by his magnificent compositions, pulling our earthbound selves towards a touch magnificent, superhuman, divine.”
Palazzo Grassi: The World Belongs to You. The exhibition The World Belongs to You curated by Caroline Bourgeois, at Palazzo Grassi, until December 31 2011, oﬀers the public the chance to explore the world of artists from diﬀerent origins, appealing them to reﬂect upon the vertiginous rhythm of change in a modern world characterized by nomadism, internationalism and hybridization. Taking its lead from François Pinault’s forward thinking approach to collecting, the exhibition embraces multiple ﬁelds of knowledge in order to oﬀer a new way of understanding contemporary society. Originating from the four corners of the world the forty presented artists all approach the upheavals of our world from diﬀerent individual perspectives, illustrating the tensions but also the hopes that result from them. The exhibition revolves around major themes of contemporary history: from the breakdown of symbols, to the temptation of self-withdrawal and isolation, the attraction of violence and spirituality in a troubled and globalized world. Each artist is presented in a space dedicated to his or her work. But, thanks to the open layout of the venue, none of these spaces are shut oﬀ from each other, thus allowing visitors to see interacting inﬂuences owing to diﬀerent viewpoints. Above: Jeff Koons, Balloon Dog, 1994-2006.
Palazzo Contarini dagli Scrigni: Venice in Venice – Glow and Reflection – Venice California Art from 1960 to Present. Until July 31 at Palazzo Contarini dagli Scrigni the fabulous exhibition Venice in Venice – Glow and Reflection – Venice California Art from 1960 to Present curated by Tim Nye and Jacqueline Miro. More than sixty cultural institutions across Southern California collaborated together to tell the tale of the birth of the L.A. art scene, by mounting Venice in Venice, transporting a group of revolutionary artists from the 1960s in Venice California, to the city of Venice, Italy. These artists travel significant metaphoric waters from their roots squatting in an abandoned amusement park, which housed many of their studios as they first started their phenomenological experiments in the mid 1960s, to the opulent Palazzo Contarini dagli Scrigni on the Grand Canal. As the Academia Bridge unites the two banks of the Grand Canal, a fleet of psychedelic gondolas designed by Billy Al Bengston unites Venice in Venice to Palazzo Grassi, making a space-time continuum of Venetian tradition with the 1960s polish. Psychedelic paintings, neon lights, and sounds merge in a surprising way with the Gothic architecture of the palazzo.
Photograph by Manfredi Bellati
Palazzo Fortuny: TRA – The Edge of Becoming. The title of the exhibition at Palazzo Fortuny is TRA – The Edge of Becoming, until 27th November, 2011. Chosen for its passionate and suggestive conciseness, that includes also the word “art” (if read at the inverse). As preposition it signifies “in-between”, “inside”, and as prefix it has also the meaning of an action that goes “beyond”, “ahead of”. As a suffix, TRA is common to many Sanskrit words: mantra, tantra, yantra…
Above: Anish Kapoor’s Likeness of Light, Depiction of Space