October 2016: Where®Venice has round-up the most interesting and not-to-be-missed events of the month held in the beating heart of the city
CULTURE CHANEL. The Woman Who Reads
Until 8 January 2017
See main picture: Portrait of Gabrielle Chanel, July 1962. Photo: Douglas Kirkland Collection, Los Angales © Douglas Kirkland
CULTURE CHANEL is defined as “a collection of exhibitions”, because each individual event is part of the same project. Thanks to the choice of a different theme, each new show (held, each time, in a different city) sheds new light on what forged the designer’s singular style and identity. This weekend is the perfect time to discover the seventh chapter of this showcase. The Venetian exhibition evokes Gabrielle Chanel’s creative world through her relationship with books and literature. From classic Greek authors to modern poets, her abundant library reveals the works that left an impression on her life and shaped the personality of this couturier who was also an avid reader. Dedications, archives, photographs, paintings are drawings are mixed with her creations, revealing an aesthetic vocabulary and an intimate portrait of a designer who knew how to transform her life into a legend.
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Open: Tue-Sun 10am-5pm
Location: Ca’ Pesaro – Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna
GPS: 45.44106, 12.33163
Le Stanze del Vetro. Paolo Venini and his Furnace
11 September 2016 - 8 January 2017
A great collection of 300 works that explore the creative force of Paolo Venini as well as other artists who collaborated with him after the Second World War, including Tyra Lundgren, Gio Ponti, Riccardo Licata, Ken Scott, Massimo Vignelli and Tobia Scarpa. A stunning showcase of Italian masterpieces presented in a unique exhibition space: the former boarding school on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore. The exhibition is part of the cultural project “Le Stanze del Vetro” (an initiative organized by Fondazione Giorgio Cini and Pentagram Stiftung)
Open Mon-Sun 10am-7pm. Closed on Wednesday
Location: Ca’ Pesaro- Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna
GPS: 45.42876, 12.34286
Zaha Hadid exhibition at the Palazzo Franchetti
Until 26 November 2016
Instead of visiting the 2016 Venice Architectural Biennale which is closed on Mondays, head to Palazzo Franchetti, on the Grand Canal, to see the first large retrospective organized by the Berengo Foundation in celebration of Zaha Hadid’s career in architecture and design. The exhibition showcases paintings, drawings and models, conveying her architectural projects in a variety of media, including photography and film, exploring the pioneering research and investigation that defines the late architect’s work.
Verdi La Traviata
8 October 2016
In 2004, following the reconstruction of the Teatro La Fenice which had burned down in 1996, Robert Carsen’s new production of La Traviata was chosen to inaugurate the opera season. Despite its somewhat unusual contemporary setting, the opera was a huge success. In fact, since then, at least ten performances of the production have been staged on a yearly basis. An absolute must-see! (With subtitles in Italian and English).
Ticket price change according to the selected seat
Starting hour: 7pm
Location: Teatro la Fenice
GPS: 45.43363, 12.33375
Musei al Chiaro di Luna
7-9 October and 14-16 October
Thanks to the late-night opening of the museum until 11pm, you have the chance to admire the countless treasures at Palazzo Ducale ‘by moonlight’ (last entry at 10pm). During evening openings you can book guided tours for adults and activities for families, available in several languages including Italian, English, French and German.
Until 6 November 2016
The first retrospective in Italy dedicated to ‘Sigmark Polke’. Marking the 10th anniversary of the reopening of Palazzo Grassi, this exhibition celebrates the artist
who won a Golden Lion at the 42nd Venice Biennale (German Pavilion). The 90 works on display explore Polke’s eclectic production from the 1960s to the present
time, a mixture of experimentation and political anxiety. Free guided tours every Saturday at 3pm. Booking not required.
Full ticket 15 euros, reduced ticket 10 euros
Location: Palazzo Grassi
GPS: 45.43079, 12.33519
Giovanni Bellini's Christ Transfiguration
7 October - 11 December 2016
As part of the itinerary dedicated by the city of Vicenza to painter Giovanni Bellini and following the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the artist’s death, one of his masterpieces - Christ’s Transfiguration - is back in town on an unmissable exhibition. The spaces of Gallerie d’Italia – Palazzo Leoni Montanari also serve as a backdrop to the display of two important works by Bellini: Christ Crucified in a Jewish Graveyard and The Baptism of Christ.
Full ticket 5 euros, reduced ticket 3 euros
Open: Tue-Sun 10am-6pm. Closed on Mondays.
Location: Gallerie d’Italia – Palazzo Leoni Montanari (city of Vicenza)
GPS: 45.55017, 11.54687