A cultured, original tribute by architect Massimo Adario to Venice and its artistic history, which continously renews itself with the Biennale exhibitiond. A project that quotes Carlo Scarpa and explores contemporary art At a stone’s throw from Campo Santa Maria Formosa, passing through a doorway, we enter a courtyard with a door of water on the canal. The reflections of the sun’s rays bathe the courtyard in that mellow atmosphere often portrayed in 18th century Venetian paintings. But in the shadows, an extremely mismatched element draws our attention: the installation by Francesco Ardini, a ceramic composition of plates placed on an old wooden table. A work that mingles the warm feel of hospitality with criticism of the excessive consumerism of our throwaway culture. The designer and owner of the house, Massimo Adario, a passionate contemporary art collector and art history scholar, lives in Rome and often comes to Venice for some peace and quiet. “This city is the ideal location in which to make room for my passion for art. The bronze sculpture ‘ Medusa’ by Giorgio Andreotta Calò speaks of Venice and its characteristic wooden posts, corroded by time and by the water. Giancarlo Baruchello is the author of the diptych composed of many little stories that occupy a neutral white surface.” Each detail of the construction has been carefully studied. The colours, materials and décor are the notes of a score that is unexpected and rare, yet indulges a spontaneous, relaxed lifestyle. The choice of decor is purposely eclectic, fruit of the belief that pieces that may vary considerably in terms of style and period always look good when combined.