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Aldo Manuzio. The Renaissance of Venice

The exhibition will present the story of the man who invented the modern book and the very concept of publishing, making Venice the international capital of printing. It will describe how Aldo’s project and his precious books were woven into a new art in Venice, nourished by publication of the Greek and Latin classics, through absolute masterpieces by Giorgione, Carpaccio, Giovanni Bellini, Cima da Conegliano, Titian, Lorenzo Lotto and Pietro Lombardo. From 19 March to 19 June 2016, the exhibition Aldo Manuzio. Il rinascimento di Venezia at the Gallerie dell’Accademia, curated by Guido Beltramini, Davide Gasparotto and Giulio Manieri Elia, will retrace a unique and unrepeatable period in the history of European and Western culture, during which the book proved itself capable of changing the world. This gave rise to the Renaissance in Venice, a vibrant city – with more than 150,000 inhabitants in the sixteenth century it was one of the richest and most densely populated on the continent – where every kind of artistic language was able to find its most effective expression in the space of just a few decades.

Monday 8.15-2 pm; Tuesday to Sunday, 8.15-7.15 pm

Gallerie dell’Accademia, Ala Palladio (Campo della Carità, 1050)


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    • From 19th March to 19th June 2016


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    Saddle I from the series Sleepless Nights Paris 1976 © Helmut Newton Estate

    Helmut Newton – Photographs .
    White Women / Sleepless Nights / Big Nuses

    With this exhibition, a project by the Fondazione di Venezia in partnership with Civita Tre Venezie, Casa dei Tre Oci confirms its position in the field of art and, above all, of photographic culture with its rooms exclusively devoted to photography. From 7 April to 7 August 2016, the exhibition Helmut Newton. Fotografie. White Women / Sleepless Nights / Big Nudes will present, for the first time in Venice, over 200 images by Helmut Newton, one of the most important and famous photographers of the twentieth century. The show, curated by Matthias Harder and Denis Curti, and organized by Civita Tre Venezie in collaboration with the Helmut Newton Foundation, is the outcome of a project inspired in 2011 by June Newton, the widow of the great photographer. The exhibition collects together images from White Women, Sleepless Nights, and Big Nudes, the first three books by Newton published at the end of the 1970s, books that are today considered legendary and which were the only ones to be edited by Newton himself. When selecting the photos, Newton interspersed a sequence, one next to another, of shots that had been commissioned with those he had made for himself, thus constructing a narrative which was a search for style, for the discovery of elegant gestures underpinned by the existence of a further reality, of something that it is up to the viewer to interpret.

    Monday to Sunday 10:00 -19:00 (closed Tuesday)


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    • From 19th March to 19th June 2016


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    Bocca Del Fuoco - Mouth of Fire Run

    Discover Murano by night – one of the most charming islands of Venice – crossing five glass furnaces in full activity on a route lit up with candles. The tradition of glass making has been jealously kept secret until the end of the Serenissima Republic when the glass masters were forced to live on the island and could leave only with a permit … these incredible secrets will be shared with all the runners for only one night. Upon entering the Opificio (the workshop) you will be inebriated by blasts of hot air coming from the incandescent furnaces and by the smell of wet wood burned with the heat of the glass. All around the furnace the ancient tools of the Glass Master who is sitting on his “Magiosso” (the original venetian word for stool). The different components are mixed together in big vessels to make the original “venetian glass”. The atmosphere will be framed by the sound of the iron tools in the background. In the courtyards of the furnaces you will see marvelous piles of multicolored glass pipes ready to be used and shiny little hills of discarded crystals here and there: a surreal scenery. Upon your arrival you will enjoy a glass Rosso (Red Wine) and flavours typical of these islands.

    The Event starts at h 20:00


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    • On 17th September 2016


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    Sigmar Polke

    From April 17 to November 6, 2016 Palazzo Grassi will host the first major personal exhibition in Italy dedicated to German artist Sigmar Polke (1941-2010) The exhibition was conceived by Elena Geuna and Guy Tosatto, Director of the Musée de Grenoble, in collaboration with The Estate of Sigmar Polke. The show spans the artist’s entire career, from the 1960s to 2000s, and underlines the variety of his techniques. Nearly ninety works from the Pinault Collection, as well as loans from major public and private collections, will be on display. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the artist’s birth and the 30th anniversary of his participation to the 1986 Venice Biennale, where he was awarded the Golden Lion Sigmar Polke holds a special place in the Pinault Collection: already presented in four of the exhibitions at Palazzo Grassi-Punta della Dogana, the artist is now given the place of honour with a retrospective on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the reopening of Palazzo Grassi. The visitors will be welcomed in the atrium of Palazzo Grassi by the monumental work Axial Age (2005-2007), which became part of the Pinault Collection after its presentation at the Venice Biennale in 2007. Sigmar Polke himself supervised the installation of the work in 2009 at Punta della Dogana on the occasion of the museum’s inaugural exhibition, “Mapping the Studio”. The entire space of Palazzo Grassi will be dedicated to the retrospective of Sigmar Polke and will present works of different formats and techniques – painting, drawing, installation, films.

    Palazzo Grassi San Samuele 3231 30124 VENICE, ITALY


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    • From April 17th to 6th November 2016


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    Accrochage

    From April 17 to November 20, 2016, Punta della Dogana will present “Accrochage”, a collective exhibition curated by Caroline Bourgeois. “Accrochage” brings together nearly seventy works that have not been on display since they became part of the Pinault Collection and over two thirds of the artists have never been presented in an exhibition of the collection. Specifically conceived for Punta della Dogana, the show will take up the entire exhibition space of the museum. To develop this collective exhibition, the curator decided to follow precise guidelines, almost like the rules of a game, instead of focusing on a theme, a period of time or an artistic movement. As Caroline Bourgeois said, “I have selected mainly significant bodies of work that are the consequence of a gesture, of a minimal thought, that evoke both a sense of emptiness and a mise en abyme of a dimension, or a moment, of art history. [...] Even though they are all very different, these creations all share a certain simplicity, a sense of broadening that somehow create more space for the other, therefore, for the visitor. The freedom felt when facing these works is what we wanted to encourage with “Accrochage”. The title itself – generic, neutral, almost in the background – leaves space to the works and seems to simply suggest: look carefully. The works on display, then, lead us to question what we look at, invite us to look carefully instead of merely seeing, thereby creating a place where emotion and sensitivity are as important as optical perception and thoughts.” The title of the exhibition “Accrochage” thus reflects the curator’s choice to present a selection of pieces from the Pinault Collection, bringing together creations by established and emerging artists, without imposing a point of view. The visitor is invited to interpret the works through his own personal sensitivity, to discover, as he walks in the exhibition rooms, the threads that are woven between them. “Accrochage” brings together works by thirty artists. Twenty-one of them have never been presented in an exhibition of the Pinault Collection – Absalon, Nina Canell, Tacita Dean, Peter Dreher, Fernanda Gomes, On Kawara, Edward Krasiński, Guillaume Leblon, Sol LeWitt, Bernd Lohaus, Goshka Macuga, Fabio Mauri, Prabhavathi Meppayil, Michel Parmentier, Florian Pumhösl, Tino Sehgal, Haim Steinbach, Niele Toroni, Günther Uecker, Dewain Valentine, Cerith Wyn Evans – while nine are historical artists of the collection – Pier Paolo Calzolari, Pierre Huyghe, Louise Lawler, Jean-Luc Moulène, Henrik Olesen, Philippe Parreno, Charles Ray, Thomas Schütte, Franz West.

    Palazzo Grassi San Samuele 3231 30124 VENICE, ITALY


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    • From April 17th to 20th November 2016