Venice has long been world famous for its artistic heritage. In 1895, the Biennale of Venice introduced the city into the world of contemporary art, which continues to this day. In the ‘50’s the city was enriched by the great contribution of Peggy Guggenheim and her museum expanded in 2012 to include also the remarkable Schulhof collection.
Today Venice has further opened its doors to the postmodern world: a private museum presents major exhibitions with a focus on contemporary arts based on the personal collection of François Pinault.
This triangular shaped Punta della Dogana separates the Grand Canal and the
Giudecca Canal at the entryway to Venice. As a center for contemporary art, the former custom house of the city presents permanently contemporary art exhibitions. Most of the exhibited works now are from the collection of François Pinault.
This Is the last exhibition at Punta della Dogana. It opened its doors in June 2013 and was curated by Caroline Bourgeois and Michael Govan. It will be running until the beginning of 2015.
Prima Materia refers to the Medieval texts on alchemy that were searching the secret of life, the formless core of all matter containing all the opposites: the sun and the moon, the spirit and the body. The dark matter that creates most of our universe carries all the elements: from the solid matter to the subtle energy.
The aim of the 19th century art was to find the truth through beauty and balance. Whereas the art of the 20th and 21st centuries searches the extremes that often coexist. The four means of art: painting, sculpture, installation and performance are often intertwined by an alchemized prima materia.
In the space of Punta della Dogana we find grand Italian artists from the Seventies like Giuseppe Penone, Alighiero Boetti, Pistoletto and renowned contemporary international artists as well like Roman Opalka, Thomas Schutte, Lee Ufan, Abdel Abdessemed, Bruce Nauman, David Hammons and many others.
This tour lasts 2 hours and unfolds in the special setting of Punta della
Dogana, a new focus of the arts in Venice.
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