A space which aims to evaluate the art and works by Emilio Vedova, a place dedicated to the 20th century master of art.

Inaugurated on 2 June 2009, the Vedova Foundation is a permanent exhibition space, located along the Zattere inside one of the halls in the Magazzini del Sale.  The space, a true treasure chest, with outstanding scenic impact was designed by Vedova’s very good friend, Renzo Piano together with Alessandro Traldi and Maurizio Milan as well as Germano Celant who made all artistic and scientific decisions.

When initially imagining the Vedova Foundation space, Piano applied the primary concepts of “transparency, lightness and vibrancy of light” and has essentially managed to physically carry out the dreams of the great artist. Leaving antique vaults and the solid walls of the grand hall intact, the outcome of the space has been described by Alfredo Bianchini as “immaterially taken up by a  mechanical-robot system; sophisticated technology likened to a Leonardesque machine, which manages to pull works by Vedova out of the steady walls creating an infinite bounce of light and shade”.

Equipped with “modern technology to conserve as well as access the works of art”,the space  therefore promotes studies, research, exhibitions, itineraries, teaching, conferences and scholarships.  The various activities faithfully carry out the desire of the late great painter who often highlighted that the safekeeping and the conservation of his works must not be separated from  initiatives to promote the knowledge of his work in collaboration with major museums and international cultural institutions.

Dynamism lies at the base of Vedova’s paintings and therefore at the site of the Foundation too thanks to the conception of the “mega Juke Box” that moves nine paintings at a time, every 3 hours.  This is a work of art in itself that meets and involves visitors in an unconventional way and makes us question which is more captivating, the works of art or the motion of the structure…

Amongst renowned cycles by the great Venetian artist is the Plurimi, “the realization of polymateric works extensively articulated within the space and extendible”, displayed in one of the first exhibitions at the Marlborough Gallery in Rome, presented by Giulio Carlo Argan.  Vedova also taught at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice and this experience explains the current involvement of young artists in the Foundation.  The constant orientation towards innovative research and experimentation, in environments which go “beyond” the painting, has resulted in plate glass creations in collaboration with Venini as well as cycles such as Lacerazioni and Frammenti, Dischi and Cerchi… Vedova designed the scenography and costumes for ‘Intolleranza’ as well as for ‘Prometeo’, both operas by composer Luigi Nono and it was in this moment that Vedova’s friendship began with Renzo Piano, with whom he shared his dream of creating the Foundation.

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Emilio & Annabianca Vedova Foundation: Magazzini del Sale – Dorsoduro, 46, 30123 Venezia – Info: +39 041 5226626

Opening hours: from Wednesday to Sunday (11.30-18.30)

Entrance free

Route 1-2 ( Accademia ferry stop) – Route 51-52 (Zattere)

By Mariagiovanna Bonesso

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