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The year 2024 is shaping up to be rich in artistic events and exhibitions in Venice, with the Fortuny Museum confirming its status as a major destination for art enthusiasts.

 

The museum, located in the homonymous Gothic palace, houses the collection of Mariano Fortuny, a brilliant Spanish artist who lived in Venice between 1899 and 1949, and who devoted himself to painting, photography, scenography, scenography, the creation of textiles and clothing.

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In the museum you can admire spaces and architecture, tapestries, works of art, which express his varied creativity and innovative spirit

The museum preserves structures, tapestries, collections, which testify to his multifaceted activity and his innovative vision.

Is the venue for temporary exhibitions, which explore the themes of contemporary visual communication, in dialogue with the works of Fortuny and with the Venetian context.

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Mariano Fortuny devoted himself to painting, photography, set design, textile and dressmaking.

The Fortuny Museum: a glimpse into history

 

The Fortuny Museum is housed in the palazzo in Campo San Beneto, a building of medieval origin that was renovated in the 17th century by the Venetian nobleman Benedetto Pesaro, who enriched it with decorations and works of art.

The palazzo then passed to the Fortuny family, who bought it in 1899 to make it the residence and studio of Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo, an internationally renowned Spanish artist and son of the painter Mariano Fortuny y Marsal.

The palace became a creative workshop, where he experimented with his inventions in various fields of art and technique.

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Here he produced his famous lamps, silk prints, pleated dresses, stage sets and stage machines.

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Here he also painted his pictures, inspired by the light and colours of Venice, and here he collected his vast collection of art and craft objects from different cultures and eras.

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Fortuny’s pleating is a technique of folding fabric that creates a wavy effect.

Fortuny patented this technique in 1909 and used it to make his most famous dress: the Delfos.

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The Delphos dress is a timeless fashion icon.

 

Inspired by the Ionic chiton of the Charioteer, (a Greek sculpture found at Delphi in 1896), the Delphos has an essential shape that delicately envelops the woman’s body.

It is composed of four or five sheets of satin or silk taffeta, worked with very fine plissé, obtaining up to four hundred and fifty folds for each sheet.

Its simplicity and the use of fine materials make it a masterpiece of craftsmanship, still loved by many women all over the world.

Cosmic Quilt at Caffè Florian in 2019

"Cosmic Quilt" at Caffè Florian, Sala Stagioni

After Fortuny’s death in 1949, the palace and its contents were inherited by his widow, Henriette Negrin, who donated it to the City of Venice in 1956, with the condition that the palace be turned into a museum dedicated to the memory of her husband.

 

The museum was inaugurated in 1975 and since then has been one of Venice’s benchmarks for the visual arts and a masterful example of Venetian Gothic.

 

Among the artists exhibiting was Angiola Churchill, born in New York but adopted as a Venetian, with a work inspired by and dedicated to Venice: ‘Beyond the Garden’, curated by Annamaria Orsini with the participation of Caffè Florian.

Also curated by Annamaria Orsini, but in the Sala Stagioni of Caffè Florian, Angiolla Churchill exhibited ‘Cosmic Quilt’, an installation in which her poetry becomes visual art through a paper universe.

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Palazzo Fortuny, formerly Pesaro Orfei, at number 3958 in the San Marco district.

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The Fortuny textile factory on the island of Giudecca

Scheduled exhibitions for 2024 in Venice

 

 

Venice is a city rich in culture and art, offering numerous unmissable events for art lovers every year.

 

Among the exhibitions scheduled for 2024 is the 60th International Art Exhibition of the Biennale, curated by Adriano Pedrosa and entitled ‘Stranieri Ovunque – Foreigners Everywhere’.

The exhibition will be held from 20 April to 24 November 2024, at the Giardini and at the Arsenale, and will involve over three hundred artists and ninety international participations, to narrate through multiple perspectives the concept of foreignness in a globalised world.

Other exhibitions not to be missed are those at Palazzo Grassi, Punta della Dogana, Fondazione Prada, Gallerie dell’Accademia, Palazzo Ducale and Ocean Space, which will host works by world-famous artists and young emerging talents.

 

David Chim Seymour. The World and Venice 1936-56: the exhibition, held at the Palazzo Grimani Museum until 17 March 2024, is dedicated to the great Polish-born American photographer, who was one of the founders of the Magnum Photos agency and documented some of the most important historical and social events of the 20th century with his lens. The exhibition presents around 200 exhibits including photographs, documents, letters and period magazines, which bear witness to Seymour’s work in various countries and contexts, from the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War to the liberation of concentration camps, from the birth of the state of Israel to the reconstruction of Europe, from the daily lives of children to the celebration of film stars. Prominent among the images on display are those dedicated to Venice, which Seymour visited several times between 1948 and 1956, and which he portrayed with sensitivity and charm, capturing its best-known and most hidden aspects, its most famous and most humble characters, its most solemn and most lively atmospheres.

 

Photographic Notes. The Venice of Luigi Ferrigno: the exhibition, held at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia until 1 April 2024, presents for the first time to the public an organic ensemble of the activities of this Venetian photographer, who observed and documented Venice, overcoming postcard stereotypes and restoring its uniqueness and multiple contradictions.The exhibition brings together around 150 images, taken between 1960 and 2010, portraying the city and its inhabitants, its architecture and its landscapes, its traditions and its transformations, its lights and its shadows, its beauties and its wounds.Ferrigno’s photographs are accompanied by texts by Venetian authors, who comment on and enrich their meaning, creating a dialogue between images and words, between art and literature, between past and present.

 

The Venetian Portrait of the 19th Century: the exhibition, held at Ca’ Pesaro until 1 April 2024, offers visitors the opportunity to see the faces of numerous protagonists of society, art, culture and the life of an extended territory that stretches from the Venetian capital to Friuli Venezia Giulia.

 

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Main exhibition: “Ripensare il Paesaggio vs Ripensare l’Identità”

 

‘Ripensare il Paesaggio vs Ripensare l’Identità’: the main exhibition at the Fortuny Museum runs from 20 April to 24 November 2024, in conjunction with the Art Biennale.

The exhibition offers a reflection on the relationship between landscape and identity, between nature and culture, between real and virtual, through the works of contemporary artists who confront the visions of Fortuny and other masters of the past.

There are two sections: the first, “Ripensare il Paesaggio“, ‘Rethinking the Landscape’, explores the different representations and interpretations of the landscape, understood as physical space, but also as a mental, symbolic, emotional construction.

The second, “Ripensare l’Identità”,‘Rethinking Identity’, investigates the different expressions and definitions of identity, understood as belonging, but also as difference, transformation, hybridisation.

The exhibition involves both the interior and exterior spaces of the museum, creating a dialogue between the works on display and the urban and natural context of Venice.

 

The exhibition Joan Fontcuberta. Culture of Dust: images created from some deteriorated photographic plates belonging to the Chigi Fund of the ICCD, the Central Institute for Catalogue and Documentation. The Catalan artist recovers deteriorated photographic plates to use them as “amnesic material” from which to create new landscapes and new works. The inspiration comes from a 1920 work by Man Ray (and Marcel Duchamp) “Élevage de poussière”.

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Until 25 March the exhibition Joan Fontcuberta. Culture of Dust

Related events and opportunities for art enthusiasts

 

For art enthusiasts, Venice offers many opportunities to admire works of great value and interest.

 

Willem de Kooning and Italy: a retrospective dedicated to the great American painter Willem de Kooning, exponent of abstract expressionism, which reveals his influences and ties with Italian art, from the Renaissance to the 20th century. The exhibition runs from 17 April to 24 November 2024 at the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice.

 

Pierre Huyghe. Liminal: an unprecedented exhibition by French artist Pierre Huyghe, which transforms Punta della Dogana into a place of experimentation and dialogue between art, science and nature, creating an immersive and dynamic environment in which the works interact with the context and the public.

The exhibition runs from 17 March to 24 November 2024 at Punta della Dogana.

 

Marcel Duchamp and the Call of the Copy: an exhibition that investigates the relationship between Marcel Duchamp’s art and the concept of copying, reproduction and appropriation, through a series of works that question the notion of originality and authorship. The exhibition runs until 24 November 2024 at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

 

 

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