ART GALLERIES

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

Where Venice - - Contents - By Ro­me­na Bru­gne­rot­to

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).

Gal­le­ria Con­ti­ni

Ga­le­rie Alberta Pa­ne. Ch­ri­stian Fo­ga­rol­li,

Pro­ject of

Phan­tom Mo­del of Prof. Chr. Ae­by.

Vic­to­ria Mi­ro Gal­le­ry. Ch­ris Ofi­li,

Oh­My­Blue. Lii­sa Ha­shi­mo­to,

Luce Ar­te Mo­der­na. Ric­car­do Li­ca­ta,

Un­ti­tled.

Leaf Gar­den ring.

Bu­gno Art Gal­le­ry

Be­ren­go Stu­dio 1989.

Al­do Mon­di­no,

Jon­gleur.

Gal­le­ria L'Oc­chio. To­bia Ra­và,

948 vor­ti­ce di pa­ce.

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