Hot June in the lagoon: Venice becomes world capital for art.

Venice becomes world capital for art

From 24 April 2009 to 30 June 2009


Summer in Venice always carries with it a distinctive flavor: its encircling waters reflect the sun, throwing even light on the city, and the light salty breeze dissolves the heat in its lanes and alleyways. You can lose yourself in the monuments, bacari or evening concerts, without ever having enough.

In this unique spot a cultural excursion takes on the form of a visit to a seaside resort, with many places to rest, take in the sun, before setting out once more.

This summer June promises to be a hot month, and not only for the temperature, but owing to the number of special events in the city's museums.

In addition to its outstanding permanent collections, June in Venice promises unique world-class events with Art with a capital A.

The 6th June is the date when Yoko Ono and John Baldessari are to be presented the Golden Lion award for their careers, a ceremony which acts as a prelude to the 53rd Biennale, entitled Fare Mondi To Make Worlds. Its focus is on the creative process and the places where works of art are conceived.

In the exhibition areas the accent is therefore not so much on the completed products as rather a means of communication, expressing something different and profound.However, the exhibitions objective, supported by video installations and multimedia displays in tune with current technology, does not exclude the classic work of art - finished and displayed to the public.

This years Biennale sees the growth of the exhibition areas, together with the presence of further national identities, among which those of Northern Europe; in addition the historical centre of the Biennale in San Marco Ca Giustinian, now completely renovated, will be again open.

As well as the inauguration of the Biennale the 6th June also sees the opening of the new contemporary gallery on the Punta della Dogana, owned by Franois Pinault, already proprietor of the Palazzo Grassi.

The historic building has been adapted by the architect Tadao Ando, and will provide a permanent exhibition space for the choicest treasures of the collection; the Palazzo Grassi will offer more a vision of the state of contemporary art today. And as if that were not enough, in the same period the Museo Correr will open its exhibition Futurism 100 Abstractions, celebrating the centenary of Marinetti's first Futurist Manifesto, and offering a confrontation between Giacomo Balla and his great contemporaries of Europe; the Palazzo Fortuny meanwhile offers In-finitum, a show which sees the concept of the infinite encountered throughout the centuries in a multi-disciplinary and multi-ethnic mode; Ca' Pesaro will host Bernard Roig, one of the most important figures on the current Spanish artistic scene, here with his project Shadows Must Dance; and, least but certainly not least, Ca' Rezzonico will host a show dedicated to contemporary Russian art: That Obscure Side of Art.

By Insidecom Editorial Staff