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Contemporary art in Venice Italy

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Famous world-wide as one of Italy’s most beautiful art cities, Venice’s image is strongly bound up with the treasures of antique art and the splendours of her past.

But in a city where past and present meld daily you cannot disregard the new forms of art in Venice; in recent years the city has seen the arrival of numerous new exhibition spaces for contemporary art: museums, art galleries, temporary exhibitions and private collections.

The contemporary art event in Venice is undoubtedly the Venice Biennale, organised by a prestigious cultural foundation established in 1895 and famous world-wide for its International Art Shows held every two years and exhibiting the world’s top new art.
Nowadays the Biennale is also famed for a series of festivals dedicated to cutting-edge contemporary arts: Cinema, Music, Theatre, Dance and Architecture.
With venues ranging from the historic pavilions in the Giardini to the Palazzo del Cinema on the Lido to the recently opened warehouses in the Arsenale or on the Giudecca island the Biennale is a vast exhibition extending right across the city.

But Venice is not just the Biennale.

Another prestigious Venetian contemporary art institution is the Solomon R Guggenheim Foundation which celebrates 60 years of the Peggy Guggenheim collection in Venice this year.
The splendid Palazzo Venier dei Leoni on the Grand Canal where Peggy lived until her death houses her private collection of 20th-century European and American art with works by Picasso, Braque, Duchamp, Brancusi, Balla, Mondrian, Kandinsky, Miró, Klee, Magritte, Dalí and Pollock.
The Guggenheim also hosts numerous temporary exhibitions.

Riva degli Schiavoni is the home of the Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, established in 1898 by the Duchessa Felicita who bequeathed the Ca’ Pesaro to the city of Venice on her death (the palazzo on the Grand Canal is now home to the Galleria d’Arte Moderna) stipulating that it was to become a public art and culture venue.

Venice will soon have a new exhibition space dedicated to contemporary art: the project for the new Venetian contemporary arts centre is promoted by François Pinault, the French art magnate.
After purchasing and inaugurating the newly restored Palazzo Grassi with a series of temporary exhibitions dedicated to his personal contemporary art collection, Pinault called upon Tadao Ando to refurbish the landmark custom’s house on the Punta della Dogana, which will hold the new Contemporary Arts Centre due to be opened in 2009.

Many of Venice’s art galleries are located in the calli between the Accademia gallery and St Mark’s.

There is Bac Art Studio, set up by a group of artists with very different backgrounds which houses both group and solo exhibitions, the Galleria d'Arte Contini in Campo Santo Stefano, Michela Rizzo’s gallery, Galleria Bugno at St.Mark exhibiting works by artists like Emilio Vedova, Giuseppe Santomaso and Livio Seguso, the Flora Bigai Art Gallery which exhibits both Italian and foreign artists including many Pop Art names and the Galleria d' arte Ravagnan, one of Venice’s oldest and most famous contemporary art galleries founded in 1967.



Useful information:

The Venice Biennale

San Marco 1364/a - 30124 Venice Italy
Tel: 041 5218711
Fax: 041 5236374




Peggy Guggenheim collection
Palazzo Venier dei Leoni
Dorsoduro 701
30123 Venice Italy

tel: 041.2405.411
fax: 041.520.6885

Opening times
10-6 daily except Tuesdays. Closed on 25 December

Admission fee:
Adults: €10
Senior citizens (over 65s): €8
Students up to 26: €5 (over-sixteens must be in possession of a student’s pass)
Children aged under 10: free entry

Palazzo Grassi
San Marco 3231
30124 Venice Italy
Tel: 041 5231680
Fax: 041 528 62 18

Opening times:
Open daily from 10 to 7 (the ticket office shuts at 6 pm)

Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa
San Marco, 71/c
30124 Venice Italy

Tel: +39 041 5237819

Opening times:
11-5 Closed on Tuesdays


Art galleries


Bac Art Studio
Dorsoduro 862
Venice Italy
tel. 041.5228171


Galleria d'arte Contini
Santo Stefano 
San Marco 2765
Venice Italy
tel. 041.5204942


Galleria Bugno
San Marco 1996/A
Venice Italy
tel. 041.5231305


Flora Bigai Art Gallery
San Marco 1652
Venice Italy
tel. 041.5212208

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