The Events Pavilion located on the top floor of the T Fondaco dei Tedeschi Department Store celebrates contemporary art with a project titled ‘Greetings from Venice'. By Giulia Minero
The Event Pavilion located on the top floor of the T Fondaco dei Tedeschi celebrates contemporary art
This exhibition featuring a site-specific installation by Italian artist Elisabetta Di Maggio, curated by Chiara Bertola, is based on the romantic themes of the passage of time, the bonds that tie people to places and the importance of the value of memory.
The installation epitomizes several different eras of history: the city's period of Byzantine splendour, the history of the Fondaco dei Tedeschi - the headquarters of Venice's post office from 1930 to 2007 - and, lastly, the history embodied by each stamp used to create the work. Elisabetta Di Maggio drew inspiration from the Byzantine patterns decorating the mosaic flooring of the Basilica of San Marco, as well as the city's most notable buildings. In addition to creating magnificent mosaics, the intertwining of billions of small tiles reference a map that connects memories of the past with meetings, words and evocative silences. To convey her message, the artist has collected more than a hundred thousand used stamps from all over the world, divided by geographic area, as well as by those which, when joined together, reveal a unique emotive and stylistic magic. In addition to highlighting the artist's painstaking manual work, this collage of stamps provides food for thought about the passage of time and the nature of relationships.