With new additions from the Sonnabend and Carraro Collections, and temporary exhibitions like David Hockney, this imposing palace on the Grand Canal keeps reinventing itself. Home to masterpieces of the 19th and 20th centuries by the likes of Chagall, Kandinsky and Klee, the star of the show at the International Gallery of Modern Art is Judith II (Salome) by Gustav Klimt. The Oriental Art Museum is curiously located on the top floor, loaded with Prince Henry, Count of Bardi’s priceless collection of Japanese art from the Edo period.
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V-A-C Foundation at Palazzo delle Zattere
Moscow’s V-A-C Foundation, owned by Leonid Mikhelson, Russia’s richest man, has burst on the Venice art scene by moving into a 4-storey palace and revamping it into an exhibition space and artist residency. With the adage, ‘Art has no passport,’ it aims to be a cultural hub for reflections on the global condition through contemporary art.
Victoria Miro Venice
Respected gallerist Bruna Aickelin has passed the baton to another grande dame, Victoria Miro, who has settled into Il Capricorno, her first gallery outside London, confident that the muse of Venice will inspire her clan. The intimate space on a quiet canal features a year-round programme of established and emerging artists from around the globe.
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Beauty and the Beast
Curated by Didier Guillon, Luca Berta and Francesca Giubilei, this contemporary art exhibition explores the encounter between man and nature, with a narrative that seeks to conceptualise the fate of mankind, as told by Judi Harvest and Quentin Grey. Inspired by the famous fairy tale, the exhibition is a combination of Grey’s works on canvas and bronze and wooden sculptures that explore mankind’s perceived superiority over nature, while Harvest’s glass-wire installations illustrate the beauty and vulnerability of the bee kingdom. The themes explored here are of high relevance today, and pose questions that probe into our relationship with the world around us. Who is the beauty, and who is the beast?
Hosted in a beautiful, 16th century palazzo overlooking the Grand Canal, everything from the installations and artworks to the building’s architecture are a sight to behold. The exhibition is sponsored by Fondation Valmont, and will run from 13 May to 26 November 2017. Open from 10am to 6pm. Free entry.
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