Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Venice - Gallerie dell'Accademia di Venezia - New Halls of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries - Inauguration

Venice - Gallerie dell'Accademia
New Halls of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries 
The inauguration of the restored monumental Selva-Lazzari halls on the ground floor of the Galleria dell'Accademia di Venezia  are now  open to the public with an unprecedented and extraordinary exhibition dedicated to the paintings of Venice and the Veneto by painters of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. A precious of selection of 63 works, partly never exhibited before, or never admired in their current form are the result of the restoration work carried out for the occasion. Among the restored masterpieces, Tiepolo's Castigo dei Serpenti, a canvas which measures over 13 meters long from the Venetian Church of Ss. Cosma e Damiano.
 Giambattista Tiepolo - Castigo dei Serpenti - 1732-1734 circa - cat. 343 



"With this initiative, the Gallerie dell'Accademia in the panorama of the world, become the privileged place, to  learn about  the important and still little known  history of the paintings of Venice and the Veneto of the seventeenth century, that for the first time are represented in a museum with a space entirely dedicated to  them.  The absolute novelty is also the preparation of the eighteenth-century hall which, alongside the unpublished masterpieces, presents a sort of 'museum within a museum', reserved for one of the art geniuses of all time, Giambattista Tiepolo".
Giulio Manieri Elia
Director - Gallerie dell' Accademia di Venezia
Giulio Manieri Elia and Dario Franceschini - Minister of Culture

 Gallerie dell'Accademia di Venezia
New Halls of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries  

Gianantonio Guardi - Erminia e Vafrino Scoprono Tancredi Ferito 1750-1755 circa

In all It's Glory
Giambattista Tiepolo - Castigo dei Serpenti - 1732-1734 circa
The restoration of Gianantonio Guardi's Erminia e Vafrino Scoprono Tancredi Ferito and Giambattista Tiepolo's Castigo dei Serpenti - above - as well as, Luca Giordano's Deposizione di Cristo dalla Croce would not have been made possible without the generous support of Venetian Heritage, a non-profit organization committed to safeguarding and promoting Venetian cultural heritage, which also financed the entire exhibition.
Toto Bergamo Rossi - Director  - Venetian Heritage
Gregorio Lazzarini - Circoncisione - 1700 circa

 Paola Marini
Former Director - Galleria dell'Accademia di Venezia
©G.A.VE  Archivio fotografico, foto prima e dopo il restauro di Matteo De Fina –"su concessione del Ministero della Cultura - Gallerie dell’Accademia di Venezia"

Padovanino - Parabola delle vergini Sagga e delle Vergini Stolte  
1636-1637 - cat 627

 Luca Zaia - President of the Veneto Region and Dario Franceschini - Minister of Culture

©G.A.VE  Archivio fotografico, foto prima e dopo il restauro di Matteo De Fina –"su concessione del Ministero della Cultura Gallerie dell’Accademia di Venezia"

Giulia Lama - Giuditta e Oloferne - 1725-1730 circa -  cat. 1345





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Monday, October 18, 2021

#TheVeniceGlassWeek - #VivaVetro! - Caterina Tognon Vetro Contemporaneo - Jessica Loughlin - Giampaolo Babetto

"Loughlin unlocks the transcendent peace bestowed by the light of open unpeopled landscapes, that sense of release from self that is the particular gift of the sea, or the dessert, through working paradoxical capacities of glass.  Light has entered the studio, and leaves it locked in glass."
Julie Ewington
Sydney - Australia - May 2021
Caterina Tognon - Vetro Contemporaneo
Jessica Loughlin - Architectures of Light
At Caterina Tognon Vetro Contemporaneo Gallery - until October 30 -  the beautiful exhibition - Jessica Loughlin - Architetures of Light. Australian artist Jessica Loughlin creates 'architectures of light' inspired by the austere and infinite Australian landscape. Her works tell of the colour of distance: the blue of the horizon that is lost at the edge of the world, the light that changes during the passing of the day, and the tides – the fluid movement of water, as it flows on the ground. «My material is both glass and light» writes Loughlin «I use glass to sculpt light and shadow». Poised between idealised spaces and material surfaces, Loughlin uses glass – particularly opaline – in an experimental way, using a limited colour palette from which she creates infinite shades combined with variations of translucence, opacity and gloss. 
Jessica Loughlin





"The first thing is the light. 
Always everywhere.
How it strikes - with brilliant intensity, or gently, with a caress."

Jessica Loughlin - Melbourne - 1975 - is well-known in Australia and USA; in Europe she is represented solely by Caterina Tognon. This is her second exhibition in Europe and Italy.


Jessica Loughlin 


"A simple and autonomous entity, extraneous to any subject and symbolic reflection that is not the very process of its construction."
Germano Celant
Giampoalo Babetto - Skira Editions - Milan 1996

Giampaolo Babetto - Body Architectures 
Giampaolo Babetto - Padua - 1947 - is one of the Masters of the Paduan Goldsmith School – an artistic movement born in the mid-1950s on the benches of the goldsmith section of the Pietro Selvatico Art Institute. For the exhibition Architectures for the Body at Caterina Tognon gallery - until October 30 - the artist has chosen to work with glass, a fragile material par excellence, combining it with gold, which is both pliable and durable. Two materials in antithesis, different and distant in characteristics and appearance, but harmoniously close in the synthesis of Babetto’s creations, which inhabit the body and live on its supple and constantly moving surface.
 Giampaolo Babetto

Babetto’s works belong to all the world’s most important museum collections of contemporary jewelry; we recall some of them: Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in NY. 
 Giampaolo Babetto

 Giampaolo Babetto 
Please Note
The text has been adapted from the
The Venice Glass Week


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Friday, October 15, 2021

Venice - SPARC - Spazio Arte Contemporanea - Women I Matter - Exhibtion

SPARC - Spazio Arte Contemporanea
Women I Matter  
Barbara Pelizzon - Naomi Eller - Renata Adela - Wendy Krochmal
"It is useless for the viewer to look for something in the vision of a work of art that will comfort her. She will only find something that will tear her apart. It will be up to her to decide how to use it".
Lea Vergine
art critic 
At the Spazio Arte Contemporaneo - until November 26 - the exhibition Women I Matter, curated by Francesca Giubile and Luca Berta - Venice Art FactoryThe voice of four  women artists - Barbara Pelizzon - Naomi Eller - Renata Adela - Wendy Krochmal rises in unison to make us flinch. Sharp shards of porcelain are there to hurt us, shapeless heaps of pottery and woolen casings crawling across the floor. The work, even when it comes in the form of small votive idols, is not a soothing balm, but an amplifier of shadows. "Art", Lea Vergine explained, "is not a matter for respectable people".
Wendy Krochmal

Through her works the Belgium artist Wendy Krochmal invites the viewer to reflect on the fragility and vulnerability of the human being, which she underlines paroxysm-ally with the subjects evoking violence of war, love, the body and our first amour, the skin, these are all recurring elements in her research, which essentially takes shape in the manipulation of ceramics, directly worked by her or even in the form of everyday objects collected and rediscovered.

Wendy Krochmal


Barbara Pelizzon's artistic research refers to the recovery of poor old objects in which, according to the artists memories, her energys and emotions are stored, waiting to receive new possibilities of expression.  The artist's attention is captured by the most varied objects: from grates of confessionals, witnesses of the sense of guilt, to the fibers of mattresses, "catalysts of our dreams, which we deposit during sleep".  Barbara is also sensitive to the themes of the female universe, of which she proposes, through newspaper clippings and dolls, a raw and violent reading in relation to modern society.

Barbara Pelizzon

Barbara Pelizzon
curators - Francesca Giubile and Luca Berta


Renata Adela's artistic work is expressed through a variety of materials: from wax, bronze and clay sculptures, to mixed media illustrations, etchings and embroidery.  Her eclecticism is reflected in her studio, a gathering of ideas, collections and ceramics, natural history specimens, tapestries, fabrics and piles of drawings, which are the result of her personal research. The recurring themes range from ancient iconography to social phenomena, with particular attention to war and the sexual instincts of man connected to it.

Renata Adela

Australian artist Naomi Eller's ceramic works recall apparently primordial forms, which carry, not only the residues of memory and the weight of the passage of time, but also an almost shamanic charisma.  Whilst on her works on paper, she creates a sort of talisman in two-dimensions, perhaps even three-dimensions where it is easy to get lost in the plots of paintings mixed with collages which inhabit the space of the sheet in alternative ways; natural and abstract silhouettes, almost pictographic codes which manage to capture the itineraries of thoughts in the mind. 

Naomi Eller

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