Art has an endless number of definitions and some galleries in Venice have taken on their own interpretations of the concept. The featured ones are provocative and distinctive as they showcase contemporary artists that have an unique vision and approach to the creative world. The above Venetian galleries offer menagerie of displays that are more than just attractions; they are experiences that can alter one’s overall perspective.
Ikona Photo Gallery
Živa Kraus believes that the camera sees the interior of the person behind the lens, and photographers see as much light as they have within themselves. She created the first Ikona Photo Gallery in Venice 40 years ago, choosing the ancient Greek word for icon because it was international and universal. In 2003, Ikona opened in Venice’s historic Ghetto, “an island within an island; a city within a city,” and promotes both established and emerging photographers.
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Founded as a gallery in 2016, ALMA ZEVI gives a platform to emerging and established international artists who work in a variety of media. Its numerous exhibitions have included artists from Asia, South America, the U.S. and Europe. Artists are often commissioned to create new work on-site, responding to the unique and historical setting of Venice.
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A plus A Gallery
A plus A is dedicated to experimenting with original exhibition formats and promoting international artists in the production of dynamic presentations and projects. The gallery advocates dialogue and innovation through artistic research laboratories and education, such as the School for Curatorial Studies Venice.
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Giorgio Mastinu Gallery
Giorgio Mastinu has “the smallest and coolest gallery in town.” He spends hours researching objects which he would like to acquire, from paintings to sculptures to books, based on personal taste and its rarity. With clients like MOMA and the British Museum, his private space in Venice reaches around the globe.
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