'Geminiano Cozzi and his Venice pottery' at Venice Ca' Rezzonico

a great exhibition dedicated to one of the finest Venetian products!

From 19 March 2016 to 26 September 2016

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From 19 March to 26 September 2016 if you're planning a visit to Venice, the 18th century Venice Ca' Rezzonico - Museum houses an interesting retrospective exhibition to mark in your diary!

Dedicated to the extraordinary Gozzi manufacturing production that was particularly active in Venice during the second half of the 18th century, 'Geminiano Cozzi in Venice and its porcelain' opens the doors of a light, elegant, frivolous and fragile art that best represents the spirit of 18th-century Venice: at Ca' Rezzonico, the porcelain becomes the star of a major exhibition with more than 600 pieces, many of which have never been on public display before!

Originally from Modena but Venetian by adoption, Geminiano Cozzi began his activities in Venice in the workshop of German spouses Nathaniel Friedrich and Maria Dorothea Hewelcke and then acquired their production facilities when their venture failed. The privileges and subsidies granted to Geminiano Cozzi by the Venice Republic, together with an advertising campaign, resulting from the innovation and entrepreneurial spirit of Geminiano Cozzi, were instrumental for the rapid growth of the company that, before 1770, could already count on eighty workers. After several changes of ownership, the Geminiano Cozzi Venice manufacture ceased to exist following the collapse of the Venetian Republic. A catalogue, compiled by Cozzi himself in the period of increased production, and several examples in museums and private collections, many of which are featured in the of Geminiano Cozzi exhibition at the Venice, Italy Ca' Rezzonico, are all that remains today of this great Venetian craftsmanship.

A researcher and man of great culture, Geminiano Cozzi studied first-hand the technical problems of the sector. He was the first Italian to adapt the porcelain for industrial purposes and used his studies and discoveries in various fields of service: he worked out a formula to improve the cementing of gold to the Mint, he founded a company for the exploitation of the beech trees and their transformation into coal, increased the art of coral and was also in charge of fisheries, crops and tobacco.

250 years from the privileges granted to him by the Venetian Republic, which effectively marked the birth of Geminiano Cozzi Venice manufacturing, Ca' Rezzonico Museum Venice, Italy - 2016 exhibitions dedicates the first Italian retrospective to Geminiano Cozzi. A ceramic exhibition in Italy and Venice of porcelain cannot find a better location than the 18th Century Venice Museum: with its history and characteristics it offers the perfect setting to present the material that expresses the aesthetics and style of the 18th century spirit more than any other.

For its lustre and malleability and the ability to adapt to the creation of refined and elegant objects, porcelain is one of the most popular artistic productions of the golden age of the Venice Republic. After having been for a long time an exclusive product of Chinese manufacturers, porcelain was produced in Europe only after the 18th century, spreading rapidly across the continent.

During the 18th century, the art of porcelain was developed in Venice thanks to a number of somewhat stubborn and controversial figures, such as the young aristocrat Giovanni Vezzi, merchant and jeweller who managed to bring to Venice Christopher Conrad Hunger, keeper of the secret for the making of European porcelain, Nathaniel Friederich Hewelcke, who emigrated to Venice in 1757 from Meissen during the Seven Years War, and obtained from the Venice Republic a privilege for 20 years for the manufacture of 'Saxony porcelain of any and all species', Giovanni Battista Antonibon, who towards the end of the 20th century started in Nove, near Vicenza, the production of porcelain… Despite all these people obtained results of extraordinary quality, only Geminiano Cozzi in Venice and Antonibon in Nove managed to establish long-term activities, while Vezzi and Hewelcke were forced to abandon manufacturing due to large debts.

The production of Cozzi, which includes tableware, apothecary kits, vases, decorative objects, figurines and plastic groups, goes beyond the exclusive style of the Vezzi manufacturing to reach a wider clientele: among his customers, in fact, we can include members of the middle classes, aristocrats and the Venice Republicitself.

The Geminiano Cozzi exhibition of porcelain, curated by Marcella Ansaldi and Alberto Craievich, has over six hundred pieces from Italian and foreign museums, among which are the only pieces with a date and also includes some rarities kept in private collections and therefore difficult to access for the public and scholars.

The itinerary of the Geminiano Cozzi exhibition at Venice Ca' Rezzonico exhibition develops both chronologically and thematically, illustrating the evolution of manufacturing and the different types of decoration used. What emerges is a vivid cross-section of one of the most fascinating artistic events of the 18th-century Venice, with surprisingly modern details!

The illustrated catalogue, published by Edizioni Antiga, accompanying the ceramic exhibition in Venice in 2016 of Geminiano Cozzi has been created thanks to the collaboration of leading experts in the field and an international scientific committee.

Access to the ceramic exhibition in Venice at Ca' Rezzonico Museum in Venice Italy is included in the normal entrance fee to the museum; in the fascinating arched hall room on the first floor.


Ca' Rezzonico' Geminiano Cozzi and his ceramic exhibition in Venice in 2016

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By Insidecom Editorial Staff