At the Museo Correr in Venice, two exhibitions tell the evolution of urban representation over the centuries

From 08 February 2014 to 02 June 2014


At the Venice Correr Museum the Venice exhibitions in 2014 open in the name of the urban universe… in paintings! Two fascinating Correr Museum exhibits to show the evolution of the urban vision through the ages.

From 8 February to 2 June 2014 Fernand Léger will be the protagonist of 'Leger 1910-1930. The vision of the contemporary city', while 'The image of the city from the 18th century to the European Enlightenment of the Century' will be held from 8 February to 18 May 2014 in another wing of the Museo Correr exhibitions.


LEGER 1910-1930
The vision of the contemporary city

The art exhibition in Venice will present sixty works by the French artist Fernand Léger, in dialogue with some contemporary works - produced by artists such as El Lissitzky, Le Corbusier, Duchamp, Mondrian, Picabia, Robert Delaunay - that testify to the daring experiments created at the beginning of the 19th century in order to renew the idea of urban representation.

Dedicated to the exceptional avant-garde European art which Fernand Léger (French painter, 1881-1955) contributed to, the exhibition in Venice 2014 is organized by the Venice Civic Museums Foundation in collaboration with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where the last major Fernand Léger exhibit with acclaim from critics and audiences was held.

Leger Fernand paintings, at the Venice Correr Museum, is the first major exhibition of works by the French artist in Italy. A unique opportunity to see the extraordinary Léger paintings at first hand that tell the first decades of the contemporary city from the 19th century.

This unique art exhibition in Venice is divided into five sections - the metropolis before the Great War, the painter of the city, Advertising, The Show, The Space - which show the works of Fernand Léger the artist in a natural display.

In addition, 'La Ville', considered one of the most important painting posters dedicated to the contemporary city, will also be exhibited at the Venice Correr Museum. Painted by Fernand Léger after his experiences on the front line during the Great War, the work reproduces the new 'city machine', a busy city with Cube-Futurist architecture, inhabited by mechanical men. The focal point of the exhibition 'Leger 1910-1930. The vision of the contemporary city 'at the Museo Correr, this painting is juxtaposed to a number of works that will allow visitors to admire the large production of Fernand Léger the painter - theatrical design, graphic design, art direction and cinematography, all tied to the theme of the modern city - without forgetting the comparison with other famous artists from the art scene at the beginning of 900.

Pioneering and innovative, Fernand Léger paintings fit perfectly into the context of art in the early decades of the 20th century: multidisciplinary and investigator, Fernand Leger was able to understand the needs of the new urban reality and to meet them. Urban landscapes, murals, costumes, choreography, posters, scenery… a fascinating and an eclectic artist and a great opportunity to get in touch with one of the most fascinating art exhibitions in Venice in 2014!



After the contemporary city of the early 20th century, the second exhibition at the Venice Correr Museum chronicles the 2014 European urban reality from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment Century.

'The image of the city in Europe since the 18th Century to the Century Of Enlightenment' in Venice will boast more than 80 works coming from major national and international collections. The exhibition at the Venice Correr Museum includes paintings, engravings and drawings of great impact, which for centuries have been the only way to demonstrate the riches and splendour of the most important European cities. In fact, since the Middle Ages paintings have constituted the most effective way to extol the virtues of the state and to make propaganda.

The image of the cities in Europe at the Venice Correr Museum will follow a fascinating journey through Europe visiting cities that no longer exist or that the time has deeply and inexorably changed. An ideal visit, which starts from Italy - where perspective made its appearance at the beginning of the 15th century - and leads to the discovery of the great ambitions of popes, princes and kings.

By Insidecom Editorial Staff