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Five exhibitions to see in Venice this summer

The events not to be missed to better enjoy the summer in the lagoon under the sign of art, museums and culture.

MyPass offers you five unmissable exhibitions to make the most of the reopening of the places of culture in Venice this summer. From the seventeenth Biennale Architettura to contemporary art and photography exhibitions, summer in the lagoon is dotted with large and small events to reopen your eyes and mind. Venice is one of the leading cities of contemporary culture and thanks to an ever-new and varied offer, whether you are on your first visit or your twentieth, it will amaze you again this year.

Biennale Architettura 2021 How will we live together? 

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Achim Menges Material Culture Biennale Architettura 2021

The seventeenth edition of the Biennale Architettura was inaugurated on 22 May in the Giardini and Arsenale locations. Curator Hashim Sarkis illustrated the theme How will we live together?: “In a context of acute political divisions and growing economic inequalities, we ask architects to imagine spaces in which we can live generously together”. The reflections on the concepts of hospitality, sharing and inclusion are therefore central in the various projects invited.

Sarkis has been Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) since 2015 and has taught Landscape Architecture and Urbanism at Harvard. He founded his architecture firm HSS in 1998 in Boston and Beirut, and has been involved in social and residential housing, urban planning and design.

61 countries participate in this edition with their national pavilions located between Giardini, Arsenale and the historic center.The Italian Pavilion, at the Arsenale, hosts the Resilient Communities project, curated by the architect and university professor Alessandro Melis.

The Biennale Architettura 2021 is open from 11am to 7pm from May 22nd to July 31st, and from 10am to 6pm from August 1st to November 21st.
We remind you that the on-site ticketing service is not available this year and that tickets can be purchased exclusively online on the official website of the Biennale or on the MyPass Venezia APP.

Punta della Dogana: Bruce Nauman, Contrapposto Studies

Bruce Nauman: Contrapposto Studies
Bruce Nauman: Contrapposto Studies

This summer, the Pinault collection will host a major exhibition dedicated to Bruce Nauman, one of the protagonists of American contemporary art, at its headquarters in Punta della Dogana.

The creative path of Nauman, born in 1941, was expressed above all through performance, the use of the body and sound experimentation.The exhibition brings to Italy some historical works of the artist and others more recent still unpublished In Europe, including the video series Contrapposto Studies.

The exhibition aims to make the different moments of Nauman’s artistic production dialogue through an immersive experience. Along the exhibition, visitors are invited to learn about Nauman’s multifaceted work and its evolution, to understand his poetics through the simultaneous involvement of the senses and intellect.

The exhibition is open every day, except Tuesdays, from 10 to 19.

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Mario de Biasi. Fotografie 1947-2003 alla Fondazione Casa dei Tre Oci

Mario De Biasi. Fotografie 1947 – 2003, Casa dei Tre Oci, Venezia
Mario De Biasi. Fotografie 1947 – 2003, Casa dei Tre Oci, Venezia

In the Casa dei Tre Oci, a splendid example of early 20th century Venetian architecture, the photographs of the Italian reporter Mario de Biasi will be exhibited from May 13, 2021 to January 9, 2022.

A selection of 216 shots, almost half of which never exhibited to the public, traces the dazzling career of one of the most admired Italian photographers in ten thematic areas. From amateur photos, to portraits, to testimonies of travels and historical events, Mario de Biasi has been describing Italian society and its changes for over fifty years.

The exhibition celebrates the stubborn and daring gaze of his reportages in Siberia, Etna and Southeast Asia, his fascination for the world of entertainment, of which he was a passionate narrator, up to the latest abstract experiments.The iconic series of photographs from 1954 entitled Gli italiani si voltano (italians turn around), which portrays a young Moira Orfei dressed in white, observed by a group of men in the center of Milan, will also be on display at the exhibition.

The exhibition is open every day, except Tuesdays, from 11 to 19.

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Gottfried Helnwein, Quel silenzioso bagliorein the Rooms of the Marciana Library

 Gottfried Helnwein, Quel silenzioso bagliore nelle Sale della Biblioteca Marciana
Gottfried Helnwein, Quel silenzioso bagliore nelle Sale della Biblioteca Marciana. Photo credits @

Eleven ultra-realistic paintings by the Austrian painter Gottfried Helnwein will be at the center of the exhibition Quel Silenzioso Bagliore, which investigates the relationship between war, abuse and vulnerability through the representation of wounded or armed girls.

The contrast between blood, weapons and injuries and the fragile bodies of the girls, the protagonist in all the paintings, is a visual denunciation but also a disenchanted story of the contemporary world.Fragility and violence are inextricably linked in Helnwein’s works, who exacerbates their presence thanks to an analytical and essential style that aims to arouse strong emotions in the spectators.

Helnwein’s work, as fascinating as it is controversial due to its intrinsically violent themes, is already present in the collections of the Albertina in Vienna, in the Museum of Modern Art in Los Angeles, at the Ludwig in Cologne. In Venice, Helnwein’s girls enter into dialogue with the paintings by Tiziano and Tintoretto, whose dark and smoky tones bring out the surgical perfection of the artist’s typical diaphanous faces.

The works will be exhibited in the Sansovinian room of the Marciana Library (included in the Correr Museum ticket) from 3 July to 15 August 2021.

The Correr Museum and the Library are open every day from 11am to 5pm, last admission at 4pm.

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Un’evidenza fantascientifica. Ghirri, Zanzotto e Caccavale at the Querini Stampalia Foundation

Un'evidenza fantascientifica. Ghirri, Zanzotto e Caccavale alla Fondazione Querini Stampalia
Un’evidenza fantascientifica. Ghirri, Zanzotto e Caccavale alla Fondazione Querini Stampalia. Photo credits @Michele Sereni

The third appointment of the research program on the work of the master of photography Luigi Ghirri will be held in the splendid setting of the Querini Stampalia Foundation.This time Ghirri’s work will be put in dialogue with the poems of Andrea Zanzotto and the visual works of Giuseppe Caccavale.

The works of the three artists are compared in an exhibition of limited size but full of connections and references around the theme of the landscape.The latter is transformed into photos, poems and graphic works to become an unrecognizable, science-fiction place.

Ghirri, Zanzotto and Caccavale transport us beyond the boundaries of everyday life starting from the objects and forms that are closest to us.

The exhibition is curated by critics Chiara Bertola and Andrea Cortellessa for the centenary of the birth of Zanzotto and will be hosted in the ancient portego of the Querini Stampalia Library. For the occasion, Giuseppe Caccavale painted the Paper Mural, a large watercolor that covers the walls of the room, creating on them a landscape from a different world.

Admission to the Foundation and the exhibition is from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm, without reservation. The exhibition will close on October 17, 2021.

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