Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Venice – Around Town: Collateral Events – Palazzo Fortuny - Intuition

Palazzo Fortuny


Intuition is the ability to acquire knowledge without proof, evidence, or conscious reasoning: a feeling that guides a person to act in a certain way without fully understanding why

To coincide with the 2017 Venice Art Biennale, the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia and the Axel and May Vervoordt Foundation presented their sixth, and final, exhibition: Intuition, until November 27, at Palazzo Fortuny. Curated by Axel Vervoordt and Daniela Ferretti, Director of the Palazzo Fortuny, the exhibition explores how intuition has, in some form, shaped art across geographies, cultures and generations. It brings together historic, modern and contemporary works related to the concept of intuition, dreams, telepathy, paranormal fantasy, meditation, creative power, hypnosis and inspiration.

Neolithic Menhirs - carved standing stones
from ancient European civilizations

Axel and May Vervoordt

  Copyright Jean-Pierre Gabriel – courtesy Palazzo Fortuny

Neolithic Menhirs

Jean-Michel Basquiat – Venus Medici - 1982 


Antony Gormley – Gut X  - 2013

Anish kapoor – White Dark VIII - 2000

Saint Anne and the Virgin Mary

  El Anatsui – The Beggininng and The End - 2015
Masaomi Raku – Transmigration “Thunderbolt” – 2016

Director of Palazzo Fortuny, Daniela Ferretti and Audrey Azoulay, French Minister of Culture

Photograph - courtesy Palazzo Fortuny

Palazzo Fortuny
The Second Floor

  Photograph - courtesy Palazzo Fortuny

Cy Twombly – Untitled – 2008


Matteo Nasini – Sparkling Matter – 2017
Nasini registered and analyzed the sleep-pattern of a sleep-performer, transforming this into ceramic volumes with a 3D-printer.
Matteo Nasini


Yasmine Hugonnet choreographed a group of 4 dancers, who moved in circles in an ongoing silent dialogue.

Giorgio Vigna – Cosmografia – 1985

Giorgio Vigna


Participatory site-specific installation
 Kimsooja – Archive of Mind - 2017

The top floor of Palazzo Fortuny houses an impressive installation by Kimsooja, who encouraged the audience to mold balls from lumps of clay while surrounded by a sound performance. Each personal meditative or spiritual moment will be cast in the finished clay balls.


Copyright Claudio Franzini, Venezia – courtesy Palazzo Fortuny

Tancredi Parmeggiani - Untitled- 1955


Marcos Lutyens – Straatman

Marcos Lutyens presented a hypnosis performance, inducing the audience to participate by designing their unconscious thoughts on two clay tablets positioned on either side of a chair; in his improvisation “Straatman”.

Marcos Lutyens




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