The exhibition dedicated to Emilio Vedova is unique in the method in which viewers see the paintings. The museum hosts the great Venetian artist’s canvases, by means of a mechanical arm that takes them with a circular movement, from the store room where they are kept, to the exhibition room.
The public can admire the paintings as they “float” in the air before them.
The exhibition space was planned by architect Renzo Piano in the first among nine Magazzini del Sale, ancient store rooms used as salt containers at the time when Venice was still a Republic. The mechanism thought out by the architect is unique: the works are concealed in a store room at the end of the building so as to be received “in a dimension of eternity”, as Germano Celant artistic and scientific supervisor of the Foundation dedicated to Emilio and Annabianca Vedova explained. No nails are therefore used, as the works are collected ten at a time thanks to the mechanical device that takes them to the exhibition room. Here they remain suspended in the air for a couple of hours at different levels, giving the visitors time to admire them from every view point, even from behind. Every two hours the device changes the layout and the works leave the room with a slow, circular movement to be replaced by the next paintings. This is the first art exhibition whose works are displayed in a dynamic way and the layout may be changed. All this, thanks to a mechanical system and automated devices.
This project by Renzo Piano is an actual and proper tribute to his friend, Vedova whose passion for curves and movement is well known. Both aspects are exploited by the exhibition. In order to make the experience even more spectacular, the pavement was inclined in such a way as to consent a change of prospective fro the onlooker. Besides displaying a series of figurative works from the 1930s till the geometrical period, Plurimi and discs, the museum will provide a space dedicated to the comparison between Vedova’s and others’ art.
Address: Magazzini del Sale, Fondamenta delle Zattere
Times: from Tuesday to Sunday from 11.30 a.m. and 4.30 p.m.
Entry: free in June 2009
Emilio and Annabianca Vedova Foundation
Address: Dorsoduro 46 30123
Telephone: +39 041 5226626
Fax: +39 041 5239060