'From Kandinsky to Botero. All in a strand' at Palazzo Zaguri

Tapestries representing works by some of the greatest artists of the 20th century and the contemporary time

From 01 November 2018 to 31 October 2019

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From November 1, 2018 to October 31, 2019 the elegant rooms of Palazzo Zaguri in Venice are housing a new world-class exhibition: 'From Kandinsky to Botero, all in a strand'.

The exhibition displays one hundred tapestries representing works by some of the greatest artists of the 20th century and the contemporary time. The fascinating ‘thread of 20th-century art’ starts from the artist who has always been considered the precursor and the founder of abstract art: Vasilij Kandinskij. One of his greatest masterpieces, 'Red-Yellow-Blue' (1925) from which a wonderful tapestry was made, is in fact the symbol of this original exhibition! Following the 'thread of art', you will also admire textile works of the highest level that draw inspiration from artists such as Paul Klee, Giorgio De Chirico, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Andy Warhol and Fernando Botero... Even Renzo Piano had some of his drawings “translated” with the noble technique of tapestry weaving.

Most of the displayed tapestries come from one of the last Italian tapestry makers, founded in 1960 by Ugo Scassa. Scassa had always dreamed of seeing his tapestries displayed in Venice, a dream that unfortunately he was never able to see come true, but which today has finally been fulfilled thanks to this great exhibition: ‘From Kandinsky to Botero’ at Zaguri Palace, Venice.

During the exhibit, visitors will be captured by the colors and quality of the weaving of the one hundred tapestries on display, the result of the delicate and patient work of skilled female hands that for hours have worked at high-warp looms and slowly fulfilled Ugo Scassa’s great dream: to revive and pass on, through the works of artists of our time, the art of tapestry making, an extraordinary tradition that seemed to have disappeared and been lost.

Here are the words of the curator of the ‘From Kandinsky to Botero’ exhibition in Venice, Donatella Avanzo: 'One hundred works of art ready to dialogue with forty-seven tapestries from the Scassa’s workshop’. The tapestries are nowadays kept in Scassa’s collection and in important galleries and institutions. They have been brought to Venice to be housed in the magnificent palace of Palazzo Zaguri. An exhibition that compares today's artists with the tapestries of yesterday, the famous twentieth-century tapestries.

Tapestry after tapestry, the visitor will be guided to discover the tapestries of Scassa’s workshop that decorated the halls of the great Italian ocean liners, from the 'Leonardo' to the 'Michelangelo' through to the 'Raffaello' in an almost surreal fairy-tale atmosphere ... the dazzling world of transoceanic travelling will be brought back to life thanks to screenings of images from the film 'The legend of the pianist on the ocean', so that visual and auditory perception will transport the visitor in the middle of the sea. The voice commenting this incredible journey will be that of Vittorio Sgarbi who, through the free audio-guides, will give the listener a precious lesson in art, craftsmanship, ancient traditions and, of course, history.

The choice of Palazzo Zaguri to house the Kandinsky to Botero, Venice exhibition did not occur by chance: this is where some of the most prestigious Venetian families lived in the past. The first accounts date back to 1353 when the building was bought by the Cavallo family. In the 15th century it passed into the hands of the Strazalorus family, which had important links with the clergy and the Pasqualini family. The Pasqualini’s were rich silk merchants, illustrious members of the Scuola della Carità and took possession of the building ... This explains how the venue is linked to the history of textiles and the contents of the exhibition!

Thanks to this world-unique exhibition, Palazzo Zaguri is again a place for art and culture: its four exhibition floors offer visitors an overall and original overview of art conceived as a magnificent adventure that combines tradition and innovation, whose result is a new and unusual panorama of the great works made throughout the 20th century. The exhibition ‘From Kandinsky to Botero twentieth century in a strand’, at Zaguri Palace, Venice, therefore, presents itself as a great cultural event, in which sculpture, painting and ancient and modern design will fully demonstrate that Art is truly a single thread.

Come and follow the 'thread of art'... Palazzo Zaguri in Venice awaits you for a journey through the art of the 20th century as you have never experienced it!


Opening Times

From November1, 2018 to October 31, 2019

  • Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 to 19.00 (last admission at 18.00)

Tickets 'From Kandinsky to Botero'

  • Adult: €16.00 with audio guide included
  • Concession: €14.00 with audio guide included
    (Disabled, over 65s, students, teachers, Venice residents)
  • Concession: €12.00
    (Children aged 6 to 14)
  • Guided tour: €60.00
    (Duration: about 1 hour and 30 minutes)
By Insidecom Editorial Staff