Is Venice really a place to buy objet d'art? Definitely! There are so many large and small 20th century and contemporary art galleries in the city that it's almost impossible to list them all. Where® has selected a pick, renowned for their quality, tradit
A pick of large and small
20th century and contemporary art galleries.
Galleria Contini is a must-visit address for modern and contemporary art. Boasting more than 40 years in the business (it's the oldest gallery in Venice), it exhibits works by important Italian and international artists including Mitoraj, Botero and Giuseppe Veneziano (San Marco 2288, www.continiarte.com). Other galleries, such as
Luce Arte Moderna, are renowned for their display of works associated with the city (San Marco 1922, www.gallerialuce.com). Newcomers? Coinciding with the launch of the Biennale, Venice's gallery scene has been further enriched by the opening of a new branch of
Galerie Alberta Pane. The new, 300-square-meter space, a former carpentry shop turned art gallery, will create an artistic link between Paris and Venice. In keeping with the space's history as a workshop, the gallery will allow artists to give life to ambitious projects such as large scale installations and will offer artist workshops and talks on contemporary art as part of its programs (Dorsoduro 2403/h, www.galeriealbertapane.com).
Among the new openings, the Victoria Miro
Gallery has arrived directly from London to take up residence in the former space of Venice's historic “Il Capricorno” gallery. The London dealer
has brought several of the important artists represented by her to the heart of the city (San Marco 1994, www.victoria-miro.com). Located in the so-called Art Mile, in the sestiere of Dorsoduro which is teeming with museums and galleries, another must-visit venue is Galleria
L'Occhio which, until 7 June, will host the works of Tobia Ravà, a Venetian artist renowned for researching the mystic currents of Judaism (San Marco 1994, www.gallerialocchio.net).
Must-visit addresses for lovers of photography? The Ikona Photo Gallery housed in the picturesque spaces of the Ghetto Novo. Since 1979, thanks to its association with the Ikona International School of Photography, it has brought the best-known names in international photography to Venice (www.ikonavenezia.com).
The ghetto is also home to Melori & Rosenberg, a historic gallery renowned for exhibiting the works of hyperrealist painter Luigi Rocca (Cannaregio 2919, www.melori-rosenberg.com). Fans of photography should also plan a visit to the Bugno Art Gallery that exhibits the works of well-known Italian photographers including Campigotto, Morucchio and Galimberti (San Marco 1996/d, www.bugnoartgallery.com).
It goes without saying that Venice is one of the best places to purchase glass objects. Due to its indepth knowledge of artistic glass, Berengo Studio
1989 has invited several of the world's best-known contemporary artists to experiment with this material and create unique pieces (Fondamenta dei Vetrai 109/a, www.berengostudio1989.com). Other go-to spaces in the city include Caterina Tognon who represents the most important artists of Studio Glass (San Marco 2158, www.caterinatognon.com).
Collectors of wearable art should head to OhMyBlue. This unique venue sells contemporary artistic jewelry, bags, accessories, everyday items, glass items, ceramics and porcelain, all carefully selected from the best international offerings available on the market (San Polo 2865, www.ohmyblue.com).
Galerie Alberta Pane. Christian Fogarolli, Project of
Phantom Model of Prof. Chr. Aeby.
Victoria Miro Gallery. Chris Ofili,
Poolside Magic 8.
Luce Arte Moderna. Riccardo Licata, Untitled.
OhMyBlue. Liisa Hashimoto,
Leaf Garden ring.
Bugno Art Gallery
Berengo Studio 1989.
Aldo Mondino, Jongleur.
Galleria L'Occhio. Tobia Ravà, 948 vortice di pace.