'Henri Rousseau. The Archaic Naivety' at the Doge's Palace

A not-to-be-missed exhibition dedicated to the famous French 'Douanier'

From 06 March 2015 to 06 September 2015


Among the Venice art exhibitions in 2015, 'Henri Rousseau. The Archaic Naivety' at the Doge's Palace exhibitions is certainly the most sensational: from 6 March to 6 September 2015, the Doge's apartments in Venice will host more than 100 works of art from major international museums, including the Musées d'Orsay and the Orangerie in Paris. This beautiful Doge's palace exhibition 2015 offers an unprecedented confrontation of Rousseau's works of art and those developed in the period between the end of the 19th century and the Vanguards.

The Rousseau exhibition at the Doge's Palace in Venice is the result of a thorough historiography and critical study about the personality and art works of Henri Rousseau's paintings, 'The Douanier' (the CustomsOfficer), a figure ridiculed by scholars and experts but appreciated by performers and audiences.

Henri Rousseau the painter (Laval, 1844 - Paris, 1910) is undoubtedly one of the leading figures of the figurative culture of the late 19th century. Often misunderstood and misinterpreted, Henri Rousseau, also known as Le Douanier (the Customs Officer) generated the most innovative expression of art ever seen up to that point, creating beautiful paintings with fantastic atmospheres and beautiful landscapes, which you can admire in this amazing exhibition at the Doge's palace exhibition in 2015, that can also be visited, on request, with an experienced guide. By filling the attached form, you can in fact book this and other interesting art exhibitions in Venice: our staff will reply in a short time, after checking the availability of the guides for the requested date.

In the calendar of Venice art exhibitions in 2015, 'Henri Rousseau, painter. The Archaic Naivety is a real novelty: an event never organized in Italy before that must not be missed!

The Henri Rousseau exhibition 2015 at the Doge's Palace exhibition, divided into 8 thematic sections, will allow you to admire some of the most famous works of Henri Rousseau 'the Customs Officer', such as the famous self-portrait entitled 'Myself: portrait-landscape '(exhibited at the Salon des Independants in 1890) where the French artist paints a full-length self-portraits of himself as a painter, with beret, palette and brush in hand, against the backdrop of the port of Saint-Nicolas and the Pont du Carrousel. This work, with which Rousseau believed to have invented the 'portrait-landscape', has been over the years a source of inspiration for many artists who freely reinterpreted it: in 1920 John Heartfield and George Grosz presented at the first International Dada Fair, an original reproduction of the painting made with the technique of collage and with various inserts. Subsequently, in 1968, Giulio Paolini reopens the question on the problem of identity posed by Rousseau and draws 'Self Portrait', where the image of the French painter appears joined by Lucio Fontana and Carla Lonzi surrounded by a crowd of artists, writers, critics and intellectuals.

Six of the many famous works that the French artist dedicated to the jungle and the wilderness are on display in this wonderful Rousseau exhibition in Venice, such as the beautiful 'The Snake Charmer' (1907) and 'Horse attacked by a Jaguar' (1910). At the 'Henri Rousseau exhibition. The Archaic Naivety' at the Doge's Palace in Venice, there are also particular representations of landscapes of the countryside and the city, still lifes, and also a rich collection of portraits of men and women (usually of friends or family members), in which Rousseau's paintings capture the daily life of the petty bourgeoisie, confirming himself as a truly unique and original artist.

To demonstrate the impact that the works of Henri Rousseau had on the intellectual environment of Paris in the early 20th century, Venice art exhibitions in 2015 will give you the opportunity to relive the exciting banquet that Pablo Picasso organized in 1908 for Rousseau, when he purchased Rousseau's 'Portrait of a Woman'. The work will be exhibited in front of Picasso's 'La bouteille de Bass': in the background the music of the 'Clemence' waltz, composed and played by Rousseau himself during the banquet, and the recitation of the poem that Guillaume Apollinaire dedicated to this extraordinary French artist.

Amongst the exhibitions currently running in Venice, do not miss Henri Rousseau: painter at the Doge's Palace, an exhibition prepared after extensive research on the works of the French painter and the influences that his personality has had on other famous artists. Henri Rousseau was a reference point for great intellectuals like Apollinaire and Jarry, for collectors like Wilhelm Uhde and Paul Guillaume, and also for many painters like Cezanne, Redon, Gauguin, Morandi, Seurat, Carra, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and not forgetting the aforementioned great masters Kandinsky and Picasso. All these artists are present in this extraordinary Doge's Palace exhibition in Venice with works that, in some way, dialogue consistently with those made by Rousseau between 1885 and 1910, during the his short but very intense creative season.

To complete the Henri Rousseau exhibition in Venice, a series of works by past masters such as Liberale da Veron, Maestro della Fruttiera Lombarda, Giovanni di Ser Giovanni nicknamed 'lo Scheggia' and Francisco Goya, who will highlight the clearly inspired archaism that made the works of Rousseau a watershed between the 19th and20th centuries.

An interesting project conceived by the commissioners of the exhibition Gabriella Belli and Guy Cogeval with the help of Laurence Des Cars, Claire Bernardi and Elisabetta Barisoni, 'Henri Rousseau. The Archaic Naivety' promises to be one of the most anticipated exhibitions at the Doge's Palace exhibitions in Venice, not a mere representation of the already known candour and ingenuity of the French painter, but the culmination of a long process of study and historical insights that started over three years ago.

From 6 March to 6 September 2015 the Doge's Palace exhibition of 'Henri Rousseau in Venice. This spectacular exhibition on Rousseau in Venice is a must-see. Take advantage of the experience of our expert guides to understand and appreciate it at its best. By filling out the online form you can request the reservation of an original guided tour of this extraordinary Doge's Palace exhibition in 2015!


Opening Times of the Venice Doge's Palace exhibition 'Henri Rousseau. The Archaic Naivety'

From 9am to 7pm Sunday to Thursday / Friday and Saturday 9pm to 8pm



Full Price €13

Reduced €11 - Children 6-14 years, students 15-25 years, people over age 65, employees of the Ministry of Heritage and Culture and Tourism, Rolling Venice Card, Youth Card, Museum Pass, CinemaPiù Venice Services Card, Venice Card Adult and Junior holder, Venice Art Pass, MUVE Friend Card, Icom members, FAI members, Italian Touring Club members and Trenitalia Customer.

Special reduced €7 - Gruppo 24 ORE employees, 'Museums of St Mark's Square' ticket holders (this must be purchased at the same time exclusively at the ticket office of the Doge's Palace).

Free - children 0-5 years old, people with mobility impairments with a guide, tourist interpreters accompanying groups, licensed guides of the Province of Venice, leaders of groups of students or children (max 2 people), leaders of groups of adults (max 1 person) , MUVE partner.

By Insidecom Editorial Staff


Period: From 06 March 2015 to 06 September 2015

Event location: Venice, Doge’s Palace - Doge's Apartment

Contacts: For more information on Henri Rousseau exhibition in Venice - www.mostrarousseau.it/eng/