There’s a misleading exhibition on display these next months. A daring and curious game, an intellectual and artistic provocation, an emotional surprise for visitors that choose to come to Venice and appreciate some of the more interesting and contemporary art shows. In fact there isn’t just the Biennale to see in Venice.
In April Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable was inaugurated, the first personal exhibition dedicated to Damien Hirst in Italy, after the retrospective shown at the National Archeological Museum in Naples 2004 (The Agony and the Ecstasy”). This incredible exhibition occupies both prestigious headquarters – of architectural grandeur – Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana.
Be swept away by the contemporary underwater treasures; uncover the replicas and humorous archeological puns. You’ll be fascinated by the mythological giants, imminent statues and pop references, a grand mystery under your nose where the contemporary pieces are found under the sea, putting in discussion the classical familiarity with todays artistic style.
Visiting this exhibition is something you shouldn’t pass up. But remember to take advantage of the location to discover more of Venice. Lose yourself in the alleys around Palazzo Grassi (maybe visit the many Biennale Pavilions in the vicinity.) Make sure to face the Grand Canal and view the splendid façade of Ca’ Rezzonico and Ca’ Foscari on the other side and take a few minutes to rest on one of the benches in Campo San Samuele.
Continue by foot up to the Punta della Dogana, possibly after having strolled the long walk on the Fondamenta delle Zattere. Reach the end, considerinf the formation of the Punta it is an almost mystical path from the Dorsoduro quarter. Finish up by not only visiting the recently restored Museum Tadao Ando, but also enjoying the amazing view of the San Marco basin.
Foto di Prudence Cuming Associated.