The Ca­sa dei Tre Oci is a new ex­hi­bi­tion spa­ce de­di­ca­ted to vi­sual arts

A pa­no­ra­mic view over the ci­ty, a long history de­vo­ted to art and a pre­sent in­fu­sed wi­th a pas­sion for pho­to­gra­phy: the Ca­sa dei Tre Oci is one of Venice's be­st-kept se­cre­ts. By Ele­na Pe­ve­ra­ta

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The­re is a pla­ce in Venice, off the bea­ten track, that al­lo­ws you to ap­pre­cia­te the ro­man­tic si­de of the ci­ty from a uni­que per­spec­ti­ve. Lo­ca­ted on the Island of Giu­dec­ca, the Ca­sa dei Tre Oci is a ma­gni­fi­cent exam­ple of ear­ly 20th cen­tu­ry Neo-Go­thic Ve­ne­tian ar­chi­tec­tu­re, an ex­hi­bi­tion spa­ce de­di­ca­ted to pho­to­gra­phy and an ex­traor­di­na­ry van­ta­ge point over­loo­king the ba­sin of San Marco. Si­tua­ted in an area of unu­sual ar­ti­stic and hi­sto­ric in­te­re­st, the buil­ding is stra­te­gi­cal­ly po­si­tio­ned in front of the Pun­ta del­la Do­ga­na, St. Mark's Square and the Du­cal Pa­la­ce, and is on­ly steps from the Chur­ch of Il Re­den­to­re.

De­si­gned in 1913 by the ar­ti­st Ma­rio De Ma­ria as a hou­se and stu­dio, the Ca­sa dei Tre Oci (the hou­se wi­th th­ree eyes), was, until the end of the 1980s, a pla­ce of mee­ting and di­scus­sion, a stu­dio, and a spa­ce for ar­tists and in­tel­lec­tuals vi­si­ting Venice from all over the world.

In 2012, fol­lo­wing in-dep­th re­sto­ra­tion, the buil­ding be­ca­me a pu­blic art gal­le­ry, de­di­ca­ted to the stu­dy and nar­ra­tion of the­mes and lan­gua­ges re­la­ted to con­tem­po­ra­ry art, in par­ti­cu­lar, pho­to­gra­phy and the vi­sual arts. It al­so hou­ses the pho­to­gra­phy col­lec­tion ow­ned by the Fon­da­zio­ne di Ve­ne­zia and a the­ma­tic li­bra­ry. Fi­nal­ly, two rooms are de­di­ca­ted to the De Ma­ria fa­mi­ly. Ori­gi­nal fur­ni­shings and a se­lec­tion of pain­tings and dra­wings of­fer vi­si­tors a glimp­se in­to the fa­mi­ly's li­fe du­ring ar­ti­stic ga­the­rings.

Over the pa­st few years, the spa­ce has ho­sted im­por­tant so­lo and col­lec­ti­ve ex­hi­bi­tions. In 2016, it fea­tu­red the works of Hel­mut New­ton, Fer­di­nan­do Scian­na and René Bur­ri.

Now and until 2 April, the com­plex is ho­sting "Arc­tic. The Fi­nal Fron­tier": 120 black and whi­te ima­ges ta­ken by th­ree ma­sters of pho­to jour­na­li­sm – Ita­ly's Pao­lo So­la­ri Boz­zi, Ice­land's Ra­gnar Axels­son and Den­mark's Car­sten Ege­vang - who, ba­sed on their dif­fe­rent per­spec­ti­ves, ex­plo­re the im­men­se Arc­tic re­gion and the li­fe of the Inuit li­ving the­re, hi­ghlighting the th­reat of glo­bal war­ming and the po­wer­ful beau­ty of nature. >> ARC­TIC. THE FI­NAL FRON­TIER 15 Ja­nua­ry – 2 April

Open dai­ly 10am-6pm (clo­sed on Tuesday). Full price tic­ket €12. www.treo­ Fon­da­men­ta del­le Zi­tel­le, 43. Iso­la del­la Giu­dec­ca, Ve­ne­zia. T: 041 2412332. Map F6

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