Sunday, November 23, 2014

Venice: Palazzo Fortuny – The Divine Marchesa exhibition

Venice: Palazzo Fortuny – The Divine Marchesa exhibition.  On at Palazzo Fortuny, until March 8, the exhibition, The Divine Marchesa - Art and life of Luisa Casati from the Belle Epoque to the Spree Years conceived by Daniela Ferretti, curated by Fabio Benzi and Gioia Mori. The exhibition celebrates the persona and legend of the woman who fascinated D’Annunzio and whose outrageous lifestyle made her the muse of the greatest artists of the day, from Boldini to Bakst, Marinetti, Balla, Man Ray, Alberto Martini, Van Dongen and Romaine Brooks.
Above – Video: Age Cannot Wither Her, by Marco Agostinelli and Andrea Liuzza. It is a portrait of the Marchesa Casati based on a manipulation of the famous Man Ray photograph with original shootings at Brompton Cemetery in London and other apparitions.
Above – photograph: Man Ray – Marchesa Casati – 1922 – platinum print on Arches paper.

The Divine Marchesa. The exhibition reconstructs through constant cross-referencing the social and artistic relationships that filled Luisa Casati Stampa’s life: from the gilded cage of high society to her encounter with Gabriele D’Annunzio, which changed her for ever and developed into a love relationship and friendship that lasted her whole life.  From her eccentricities to her masquerades and practice of the occult. Next came the Futurist period, when she met Filippo Tommaso Marinetti and embraced the cause of this artistic movement, promoting the artists and collecting their works.  It all ended with her financial ruin and self-imposed exile in London where she died in June 1957.

Above. Giovanni Boldini – The Marchesa Casati – 1911-13. Oil on canvas.

  Photograph courtesy Palazzo Fortuny

The Divine MarchesaThe Marchesa Casati with Giovanni Boldrini and another gentleman in costume at Ca Venier dei Leoni, Venice. Photograph by Mariano Fortuny Madrazo – 1913 – digital print from gelatin glass plates - Archivio Museo Fortuny, Legato Henriette Fortuny, 1956.

The Divine Marchesa – sculpture by Paolo Troubetzkoy – Portrait of the Marchesa Casati with Greyhound – bronze – 1914

   Photograph courtesy Palazzo Fortuny

The Divine Marchesa. Luisa Casati Stampa, at the beginning of the 20th century transformed herself into a work of art through exaggerated makeup, transgressive and over-the-top “performances” and a life of excess. She became a living legend, an astonishing and disturbing personification of modernity and the avant-garde.
Above. Augustus Edwin John - La Marchesa Casati – 1919 – oil on canvas -Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario.

The Divine Marchesa – Leon Bakst La Marchesa Casati – pencil on paper - 1912

The Divine Marchesa – Gabriele D’Annunzio – manuscript of Il Romanzo del Cipresso Bianco, Tormenti‼! - tre note indelebili – 1927 -1928 c. – black and red India ink.

Daniela Ferretti curator of Palazzo Fortuny and ideator of the exhibition La Divina Marchesa Art and life of Luisa Casati from the Belle Epoque to the Spree Years.


The Divine Marchesa - Anne-Karin Furunes - Crystal Images/Marchesa Casati, 1912-2014 – 2014 – painted and perforated canvas.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Venice: Venice Fashion Day and Night Events

Venice: Venice Fashion Day  - Hotel Monaco and Grand Canal – Made in Veneto and Made in Italy  - Round Table.  Organized by Venezia da Vivere, in the foyer of the old theatre of the Hotel Monaco and Grand Canal, the round table discussion on the subject: Made in Veneto – Made in Italy: perspectives for the fashion system. The discussion brought together a panel of fashion experts of the region: institutions, universities, companies, fashion designers, press and bloggers. The goal was to “photograph” a reality to be read as a single story covering; entrepreneurial stories, innovative publishing projects, European laws that protect creative work and, last but not least, the culture of fashion from independent designers to large enterprises. It was a moment to bring out the common denominator of quality manufacturing and the concurrent use of tradition, to bear witness on how strong these companies are with their link to the region.   The Made in Veneto and Made in Italy: perspectives for the fashion system, was the first in a series, and opened Venice Fashion Night.

Organizer of the event, editor in chief of Venezia da Vivere Laura Scarpa  - argued that in the present scenario it is time for companies to embrace new ways of communication. Editor in chief of How to Spend it, Gruppo Sole 24 Ore Nicoletta Polla-Mattiot - emphasized the need to revitalize the fashion industry: while it is true that the Italian fashion, Veneto and Venice are strong in their tradition and glamor that they evoke, this is no longer enough. We need to find new strategies, new languages ​​that are not self-referential but international.

Marzia Narduzzi CEO of Pier Spa  - tells us that sometimes it feels a bit lonely as an entrepreneur during these difficult times.  Maria Luisa Frisa director of BA in Fashion Design and Multimedial Arts at IUAV - Stressed the need to create a system that brings together communication in one common project and the extraordinary fact related to the fashion and the textile culture of the Veneto. Venezia da Vivere’s editorial director Lorenzo Cinotto - presented a study, on how to use Instagram for Fashion Communication.

Coffee at the bar 

Sandro Zara, founder of the Tabarrificio Veneto - Tell us about working with love and passion, a passion that takes over obstacles. Giovanni Zara of Barena Venezia - tells the story of how the city is crucial for its products inspired by the traditional clothing of the fishermen in the lagoon, updated for contemporary use.

EIC Veneto/Unioncamere Francesco Pareti – Tells about the work of Unioncamere in Brussels with Italian MEPs. Finally today, Creativity is considered an industry and no more an Art form for the European Union.  And that, Photography and Design are finally funded industries in the Creative Europe program.

Photographer and video maker Amina Marazzi Gandolfi and journalist Pia Gandolfi 

Main sponsor Lorenzo Canella  who produces Bellini cocktails – tells that the tradition and quality of Made in Veneto is a story that needs to be communicated in a new way.  And, of how the Bellini cocktail has become a topic of storytelling on Instagram.

Tommaso Canella prepares a Bellini cocktail, which is made with “farm to bottle” white peaches, raspberry juice and prosecco

The Bellini is served 

Angelo Maria Barducci, faculty coordinator Creative Academy of the Richemont Group (the holding company headquartered in Geneva, brings together luxury brands such as Cartier, Montblanc, Chloe, Alaia), he describes the mission of the school desired by the group:  to select each year 20 young international talents that then work as creative artists in the group's brands.  The academy is based in Milan and chose Italy for its manufacturing excellence, and its artisans who make it possible to transform a design into a high quality product.
Omar Pavanello designer of OPVS bags and Marcia Pendini of Gioielleria Salvadori – tells how her jewelry designs are inspired by the architecture of Venice, that borrow the forms of the Ca 'd'Oro, Palazzo Ducale and the iron bow of the gondola.


Ottica Urbani’s Fosca Urbani - Speaks of design as ironic and personal and about her of passion, fun and optimism in her work.

Marisa Convento makes contemporary Murano glass bead jewelry using nineteenth century long needles. 

Architect Mario Lupano and Maria Luisa Frisa

Photograph courtesy Raptus and Roses

Venice Fashion Night. Organized by Venezia da Vivere, Venice Fashion Night took you along a journey with Instagramers, photographers and bloggers to discover new collections of jewelry, accessories, perfumes and designer items. Fashion shows, cocktails, and the late opening of Palazzo Fortuny concluded the event.
Above. Raptus and Roses’s collection outside the Basilica of San Marco.

Venice Fashion Night – Hotel Londra Palace - Raptus and Rose. A performance through the calle of Venice of Raptus and Roses’s Eugenia Dress designed by Silvia Bisconti. The BCBG Eugenia Dress contains within itself three different souls. The skirt is the essence of femininity:large and colorful. The bodice of black jersey is its dynamic component. The belt is a staple in every sense, with a tie made in the '70s.
Above. Silvia Bisconti toast the models as they start on their way through the calle of Venice.

Venice Fashion Night – Hotel Savoia – Dadhai.  Designing in the footsteps of her grandmother, Roberta di Camerino the Grande Dame of Venetian fashion, Tessa Zanga Camerino designs big exquisite handmade leather handbags under the label Dadhai.

Venice Fashion Night – Altrove Party. Designers Miriam Nonino and Alessandra Milan in their flagship store, Altrove – I am somewhere else. Their clothes are structured round geometric shapes.  For the event they presented, together with their latest collection, the work of artist Lucio Serpani called De-Cor – A Practical Face Cover for Any Occasion.

Artist Lucio Serpani and his masks – De-Cor - A Practical face Cover for Any Occasion

DJ-set Gigi Funcis dalle Carbonare wearing on of Lucio Serpani’s masks

Venice Fashion Night – Hotel Metropole – Atelier – Gloria Beggiato.  The glamorous owner of the Hotel Metropole, Gloria Beggiato is also a collector of vintage fashion. For Venice Fashion Night, she presented her private collection with a special installation, in the Oriental Bar of the hotel, of her most beloved pieces; clothes, accessories and a curious collection of buttons, evoking emotions and memories of the past.
Above.  Gloria Beggiato with Lorenzo Cinotti.

Gloria Beggiato – Atelier – a teapot is hidden inside a padded silk flowered handbag.

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