Arts The Best Art Show. Ever. (Part I)
posted by September 14 at 15:08 PMon
At least that’s what I’m calling it until I come across something better. It was “Artempo” (forgive the cheesy name) at Palazzo Fortuny in Venice. The old palazzo is crumbling and grand, Miss Havisham-style, and the exhibition of painting, sculpture, video, photograhy, shrunken heads, devotional objects, corals and minerals, scientific devices, installations, and many, many other, well, things, spans the building’s four floors.
Each floor is quite different in architecture and light, and the exhibition has a different character on each floor. The mashing up of all that artistic, scientific, and religious material—stuff, for lack of a better word—sounds tedious, like it would level everything to the blank relativism of anthropological looking, but instead it is absolutely, absolutely magical.
More on it on Monday morning, but for now, this Friday afternoon, I’ll just leave you with an intro to the show’s hundreds and hundreds of lasting images.
The exterior of Palazzo Fortuny with Ghanian artist El Anatsui’s tapestry of recycled metal and copper wire.
A closeup of the tapestry.
A view of one of the rooms, featuring an elephant’s ear on the right and a Lucio Fontana painting on the left. (Just out of view on the left is a stool by Le Corbusier.)