Febryary 19th, 2018
The rich season of temporary exhibits in Venice will start, as always, in springtime. If you ‘re in Venice now (February 2018) don’t miss: The world in a bead. The Murano Glass Museum's collection (until April 15th).

The enormous collection of beads was recently catalogued by Augusto Panini and is partly exhibited now. The exhibition reconstructs the history of Murano beads, that started at the end of the 15th century.

Marina Barovier invented the rosetta bead around 1482 and was involved in the early exports of beads to the Americas and Africa.

Coveted as jewels by the natives, Murano beads became important exchange goods. The fascinating world of beads includes a kaleidoscopic variety of techniques (mosaic blown, lamp-work, submerged and many more).

The tradition of beads continues today: a section of the exhibition presents contemporary Venetian beads with works by the best local artisans. An invitation to visit their shops and meet them!


If you plan to be in Venice in April and if you’re interested in contemporary art you should not miss the two events organized by the Pinault Foundation, both starting on April 8th:

At Palazzo Grassi: “Cows by the Water”, a solo exhibition dedicated to the German painter and musician Albert Oehlen, displaying 85 pieces produced from the 1980s to our days.

The path is not chronological but rather rhythmical, hopping between various genres and periods, stressing the fundamental role played by music in the artist’s working method.

His creations, which combine abstract and figurative elements, are often following self-imposed parameters. The focus is on experimentation and ironical provocation.

At Punta della Dogana: “Dancing with myself”, a collective exhibit of 100 pieces from the Pinault Collection plus a selection of works from the Folkwang Museum of Essen, Germany.

Major artists on display: Alighiero Boetti, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Cindy Sherman, Rudolf Stingel, Maurizio Cattelan, Claude Cahun.
The leading motif is the use the artist makes of his own image as a material for his own creations. The period examined goes from the 1970s to today.
The goal is to present the artists’ self-portraiture as a tool, rather than a subject, to provide critical examination of society, race and gender.


The 16th Biennale Architettura will open on May 26th and continue until November 25th.

The curators, Yvonne Farrell & Shelley McNamara, from Grafton Architects Studio in Dublin, chose FREESPACE as a title/theme to the 2018 edition:
“We believe that everyone has the right to benefit from architecture. The role of architecture is to give shelter to our bodies, but also to lift our spirits.

A beautiful wall forming a street edge gives pleasure to the passer-by, even if they never go inside.” Farrell and McNamara ended their presentation quoting an Ancient Greek proverb: “a society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they will never sit in”.

In concomitance with opening of the Architectural Biennale at the Giardini and at the Arsenale, the Guggenheim Museum at Palazzo Venier dei Leoni will inaugurate a multi-media exhibition celebrating the 70th anniversary of the mythical 1948 Biennale.

Peggy Guggenheim, back to Europe after the end of WWII, showed her collection using the Greek Pavilion, restyled for the occasion by architect Carlo Scarpa. There will be a 3D model of the exhibition layout, allowing visitors to envision this crucial moment in the career of Peggy Guggenheim and in the history of the Venice Biennale. From May 25th until November 25th 2018


If you have the fortune of being in Venice before the end of April, make sure you don’t miss Marino Marini’s VISUAL PASSIONS, also at the Guggenheim Museum.
(see our post at https://www.walksinsidevenice.com/)

On 2018 Venice will commemorate the 500 years from the birth of one of its greatest painters, Jacopo Tintoretto.

The main venue will be the Doges’ Palace, with a major exhibition organized by the National Museum of Washington in collaboration with Venice Museums Foundation (from September 8th, 2018 to January 6th, 2019).

The Accademia Galleries will display Tintoretto’s early production (same dates), while the Save Venice Organization has announced “Art, Faith, and Medicine in Tintoretto’s Venice”, to be held in 2018 at the Scuola Grande San Marco (today’s Venice Hospital), once one of the main charitable institutions in town.

 More news about Tintoretto venues on the next articles.  

The Doge's Apartments host "John Ruskin, the stones of Venice" from March 10th trough June 10th. A collection of watercolors, chalk models, notebooks which belonged to the famous English art historian.

Don't miss "Gino Rossi" at Ca' Pesaro, from February 23rd through May 20th. You will have the chance to discover one of the best Burano painters in the early 20th century at the Museum of Modern Art.  

Last but not least, enjoy the exhibition "Giulia Lama" at Ca' Rezzonico, from May 23rd trough July 10th. You will admire the drawings and the graphics of one of the few successful female painters in the 18th century Venice.
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