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

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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.

Pho­to Mat­teo De Fi­na

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