Arshile Gorky exhibition at Ca’ Pesaro Museum

Over 80 works to celebrate the artistic genius of Arshile Gorky!

From 09 May 2019 to 22 September 2019

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From May 9th to September 22nd 2019 Cà Pesaro dedicates the first major Italian retrospective to the great American artist Arshile Gorky. The exhibition 'Arshile Gorky 1904-1948' at Ca’ Pesaro 2019 will explore Gorky’s genius and his art through over 80 works, giving visitors the chance to admire the artist’s entire creative period. His artistic career spanned a period ranging from the ‘20s – when his style was marked by the influence of Cézanne – up to his more mature works which fully expound his personal vision.

This unpublished retrospective is curated by Gabriella Belli, art historian and director of the Fondazione Musei Civici of Venezia and by Edith Devaney, curator at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. The works brought together here come from the most prestigious international collections, both institutional and private. They include the Tate in London, the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, the Pompidou Center in Paris, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem and, thanks to the collaboration with The Arshile Gorky Foundation and family members, you can admire works that have rarely been shown to the public.

The exhibition at Ca’ Pesaro on Arshile Gorky explores the life of this American Abstract Expressionism master through his masterpieces: born in Armenia in 1904, at the age of 16, to escape the genocide, he took refuge in the United States with his sister. In the US he worked with his friends Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and above all with Roberto Matta, who influenced him with his existential-psychological theories. In his first paintings Gorky measured himself against the great masters of the early twentieth century before he began to approach the surrealist style of the likes of André Breton, Wifredo Lam and Max Ernst. As his research matured, Gorky detached himself from the work of the great artists of the past and began to devote himself to a totally personal and intimate art made of a vocabulary rich in evocative artistic forms, of childhood memories, of his deep affinity with nature and the contradictions of life. The mid-40s was the most productive and serene period of his professional and private life, which was unfortunately brutally interrupted in 1948 when Gorky took his own life, following a period of personal issues and health problems.

The Ca’ Pesaro Arshile Gorky exhibition reveals the artistic evolution of Gorky, fruit of the artistic and intellectual commitment with the European movements. In his works, Gorky merged the landscapes of Paul Cézanne, the line of Ingres, the composition of Paolo Uccello, the logic of Picasso and the lively forms of Joan Miró, giving life to his own vision of the world and of life.

Arshile Gorky is the product of his extraordinary historical era, full of historical and cultural upheavals that will be well documented during the exhibition thanks to the archives lent by the Arshile Gorky Foundation. These files outline not only the chronology of Gorky's life, but also the events that had a profound impact on his life.

Alongside the paintings, the exhibition includes a selection of works on paper that showcase the artist’s brilliant technique.

The exhibition will also present a film directed by Cosima Spender, the artist's nephew, which brings together some contemporary artistic voices to reflect on the life, work and legacy of Gorky, along with unpublished videos of the artist.

Arshile Gorky’s paintings at Ca’ Pesaro in Venice, on display from May 9th to September 22nd, offers the chance to explore the spectacular style of one of the greatest innovators of European and American painting of the 20th century. A unique experience to appreciate the pictorial energy and imagination of Arshley Gorky who through his warm colors, his surreal, abstract and figurative representations will transport visitors into a natural world – a world marked by the strong and genuine memories of Gorky’s past.

Buy online your ticket to the Ca’ Pesaro International Art Gallery: the ‘Arshile Gorky’ 2019 Venice exhibition is included in the normal entrance ticket to the museum!


Ca’ Pesaro Museum Schedule

  • From November 1st to March 31st

           from 10.30 to 16.30 (the ticket office closes at 16.00)

  • From April 1st to October 31st

           from 10.30 to 18.00 (the ticket office closes at 17.30)

By Insidecom Editorial Staff