Between past and contemporary, a new cultural “bridge” is born in Venice

Urs Fischer, Omen, 2024, Hand-blown mirrored glass | Photo: Massimo Pistore | Courtesy Urs Fischer, Gagosian and Berggruen Arts & Culture / Palazzo Diedo

The new large space dedicated to contemporary art in Venice, Palazzo Diedo, inaugurates after an important restoration in conjunction with the 60th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia 2024, presenting 11 original site-specific interventions by as many internationally renowned artists, such as Urs Fischer, Piero Golia, Carsten Höller, Ibrahim Mahama, Mariko Mori, Sterling Ruby, Jim Shaw, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Aya Takano, Lee Ufan and Liu Wei. The exhibition, curated by Mario Codognato, Director of Berggruen Arts & Culture and Adriana Rispoli, Curator of Berggruen Arts & Culture, and the two special projects, presented in collaboration respectively with The Kitchen in New York and with the Polaroid Foundation, are characterized by artistic interventions designed in dialogue with the architecture and specificities of the eighteenth-century palace which was once the home of one of the most powerful Venetian families and subsequently home to an elementary school and a court. The works on display are inspired by traditional Venetian crafts, from frescoes to Murano glass, from precious fabrics to characteristic floors, while the title of the exhibition Janus takes its name from two-faced Roman god of the beginning, often depicted with one face facing forwards and the other backwards, signifying the exhibition's objective of symbolically uniting history with contemporaneity.

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