Venice: Palazzo Fortuny - Autumn at Palazzo Fortuny. Four are the exhibitions on show for the Autumn at Palazzo Fortuny, until November 19, in this historic and evocative palazzo, where each space assumes a specific identity that enhances the languages and expressive techniques from each contemporary artist. On show the works of photographers, Franco Vimercati and Beatrice Helg, the works of artist Maurizio Donzelli and the jewelry and sculptures of Annamria Zanella.
Above: The director of the Fondazione dei Musei Civici di Venezia, Gabriella Belli and Palazzo Fortuny’s curator Daniela Ferretti visit the exhibition.
Autumn at Palazzo Fortuny: Franco Vimercati – Tutte Le Cose Emergono dal Nulla exhibition. The exhibition curated by Elio Grazioli and John Eskenazi following a set up project and layout by Daniela Ferretti documents the œuvre of Franco Vimercati (Milan, 1940-2001) through the presence of over 100 of his works. An artist of great significance for the direction he took in the field of contemporary experimentation, Vimercati is still little known to the general public today.
Autumn at Palazzo Fortuny: Franco Vimercati. Over the years, Vimercati concentrated in particular on photographic surveys of everyday objects from his life, giving them an unusual soul and magic: 36 bottles of water, strips of parquet from the floor, a can, a vase, a glass… “ten years spent photographing only a soup tureen…”
Autumn at Palazzo Fortuny: Franco Vimercati. Concentration and sequences of images are the peculiar aspects of his work, recalling the form of prayer in which the uninterrupted and almost infinite repetition of the same word empties it of its primary meaning and transforms it into pure sound, creating a direct contact between self and the cosmos. In this regard, the obsessive attention Franco Vimercato pays to some objects is nothing other than an illustration of his striving towards the purity of the image.
Autumn at Palazzo Fortuny: Franco Vimercati. In conjunction with the exhibition, the first monograph dedicated to Franco Vimercati is published by both Eskenazi/Skira Editore; it contains his more representative artworks and a long remarkable interview with Elio Grazioli.
Asian Art expert and publisher of the Franco Vimercati catalogue John Eskenazi and his wife Fausta.
Evelina and Giacomo Eskenazi
Opera director Christophe Gayral and Carla Alvera.
Autumn at Palazzo Fortuny: Maurizio Donzelli - Metamorfosi exhibition. Metamorfosi, curated by Andrea Villani, exhibition project by Daniela Ferretti, enables visitors to enjoy a full approach to the poetic elements of Maurizio Donzelli’s work, always focused on some near points of the artistic operation: the concept of drawing, the discovery of images, the observer’s unvoidability in the definition of works of art, in the relation between light and color. In the foreground, one of the large wool and silk carpets, knotted in Nepal, which transfer the drawing theme on a horizontal level and develops the mirror concept (see below) and the issue of the relation between color and light in the luminescence dimension.
Dealer Massimo Minini, artist Maurizio Donizelli, dealer and curator Chiara Rusconi and exhibiton curator Andrea Villani.
Autumn at Palazzo Fortuny: Maurizio Donzelli. At the same time,together with the silk and wool carpets, we can admire some of the jacquard tapestries, made in Flanders, expressly made this project: they put into action an epiphanic research of images with a surprising grace, a great respect for the possible contents and a greater maturity compared to the historical tradition which make them hang out in time.
Maurizio Donzelli installation.
Autumn at Palazzo Fortuny: Maurizio Donzelli. The exhibition at Palazzo Fortuny shows for the first time both the Mirros and the watercolor paintings of the “Disegni del Quasi” and “Talisman” cycles.
Dubai-based artist Patricia Millns.
Director Piero Maccarinelli and Ilaria Inghlieri.
Architect and interior decorator Roberto Gerosa and shoe designer Roberta Rossi.
Autumn at Palazzo Fortuny: Annamaria Zanella - Oltre l’Ornamento. A refined and never commonplace artist, Annamaria Zanella presents a wide-ranging selection of her most recent creations at Palazzo Fortuny, curated by Daniela Ferretti. Iron, copper, steel, glass, wood, porcelain, paper, cement and more are her favorite materials. The same materials that through memories, emotions, thoughts and an extraordinary technical ability are transformed into precious forms and geometries narrating fragments of the artist’s personal life, going beyond the mere function of ornament.
Autumn at Palazzo Fortuny: Annamaria Zanella. With Annamaria Zanella’s jewellery we talk about a “poor jewel”, a definition, which is also an oxymoron. “Poverty” can be found in pieces of metal sheet, corroded surfaces, shards of glass, iron scraps and in combinations of gold and silver, enamel treated with acids in order to revitalize the intention to undermine the ideology of ostentation as a valuable thing.
Autumn at Palazzo Fortuny: Béatrice Helg - Risonanze. The work of Swiss artist Béatrice Helg holds a unique place within the tradition of staged and constructed photography, first developed in the 1980s. Indeed her photographs are a far cry from hyperrealist or narrative pictures, from artificial reconstructions of scenes of everyday life; instead, her work features abstract forms and sceneries as well as luminous worlds. Risonanze is Helg first exhibition in an Italian museum. It includes a selection of twenty-four color works, many of them are unreleased photographs, specially created by the artist for Palazzo Fortuny.
Antonella Magno, dealer Valerio Tazzetti and artist/photographer Beatrice Helg.
Autumn at Palazzo Fortuny: Béatrice Helg. More than anything else, light is the real material without which her work would not exist. Light is the ultimate medium that makes revelation possible. Using raw, salvaged materials such as corroded metal sheets, unevenly transparent glass plates, or paper, the artist constructs unlikely installations in her studio, poised in a fragile equilibrium. These sculptural and geometric shapes seem to float, suspended out of real time. They inhabit the space rather than occupying it as inert objects. Beatrice Helg’s tableaux seem to be haunted by the contradiction between light and darkness, ultimately giving way to infinity, to a quest for the absolute, or rather to a boundless search for inner mystery.
Photographs courtesy Palazzo Fortuny
Autumn at Palazzo Fortuny: Béatrice Helg. With her great passion for scenography and architecture, influenced by the Russian avant-garde and constructivism, Helg creates monumental spaces in which sculpture, painting, environment, staging and most of all light are constantly interwoven.
Cecila Matteucci Lavarini
Jewelry designer Barbara Paganin.
Milanese PR’s Guendalina Perelli, Francesca Ballini Richards and Fransisca Pancera.