November 20, 2017

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Contemporary art to the fore at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, in 2017

Contemporary art to the fore at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, in 2017

The Fondazione Cini exhibitions in 2017 all feature contemporary art: a first showing of Vik Muniz photographs at the Palazzo Cini at San Vio, a large Alighiero Boetti retrospective and a Bryan Mc Cormack installation dedicated to migrants on San Giorgio

The Fondazione Giorgio Cini’s spring and summer exhibitions are all devoted to the world of contemporary art. The series of fascinating shows will begin on the second floor of the Palazzo Cini Gallery with Afterglow: Pictures of Ruins, (21 April – 24 July), previously never exhibited photographs and a glass sculpture by internationally renowned artist and photographer Vik Muniz. Another two shows will all officially open on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore on 12 May: Alighiero Boetti: Minimum Maximum (12 May-30 July) and Yesterday/Today /Tomorrow, an installation by Bryan Mc Cormack (12 May-13 August).

To coincide with the seasonal reopening of the Palazzo Cini Gallery at San Vio, from 21 April, the museum-house will host an exhibition of works by internationally renowned artist and photographer Vik Muniz, entitled Afterglow: Pictures of Ruins, curated by the Institute of Art History director, Luca Massimo Barbero (21 April-24 July). Muniz’s art is based on the re-elaboration in a very personal key of celebrated works rooted in the collective imagination. In this case he was inspired by paintings in the great Venice lagoon tradition, by artists such as Francesco Guardi and Canaletto, whose works were actually shown at San Vio during the recent exhibition entitled Rediscovered Masterpieces from the Vittorio Cini Collection. The Muniz solo show is being staged in collaboration with Ben Brown Fine Arts, London.

On 12 May, on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, the Fondazione Giorgio Cini will unveil the most significant Alighiero Boetti retrospective in a long time. Alighiero Boetti: Minimum Maximum (12 May-30 July), curated by Luca Massimo Barbero, is the result of a complex project dealing with the alternation of the concepts of “minimum” and “maximum”. In fact the exhibition consists of showing side by side the largest and smallest format works from all the main series by the Turin artist. The exhibition will also include a special project on the theme of the photocopy curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist.

Due to open on the same day, 12 May, also on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Yesterday/Today/Tomorrow is an installation by the Irish artist Bryan Mc Cormack. The heart of the work is the visualisation of the European migrant crisis and the beginning of a research project to collect, preserve and interpret the visual data. The artist spent time in some refugee camps asking each person he came across to draw three sketches on three sheets of paper with coloured pastels. They were asked to sketch their past life (Yesterday), their present life (Today), and to imagine their future (Tomorrow). The drawings will be gathered together, used as “visual blocks” for the centrepiece of the installation (until 13 August).

Vik Muniz, Landscape with Ruins, after
Francesco Guardi (Repro), 2017
Top Image: Alighiero Boetti, Mappa, 1989-94, ricamo su tessuto, cm 254 x 588, Courtesy Tornabuoni Art

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