January’s an ideal time to start making travel plans for the coming year, so why not consult your diary and organise a trip to Venice? If you’re wondering when to visit, consider timing your stay with one of the many exciting art and design events taking place over the next 12 months. To inspire you, we’ve made a list of our ten top picks; here’s Part 1, and we’ll be posting Part 2 next week, so stay tuned:
- Canaletto and Venice: Palazzo Ducale. 23rd February – 9th Kicking off the 2019 cultural calendar, this blockbuster show at the Palazzo Ducale will transport visitors to the hedonistic era of eighteenth century Venice – a period of enormous artistic vitality and social change for La Serenissima. As well as showcasing dazzling Venetian views by Canaletto, the exhibition will also feature masterpieces by other artists including Pietro Longhi, Giambattista Tiepolo and Francesco Guardi.
- Ocean Space: Chiesa di San Lorenzo. From 23rd Launching this year in the newly restored San Lorenzo church in Castello, Ocean Space will be a cross-disciplinary centre focusing on ocean conservation and the effect of climate change on the seas. The centre will open with an installation and research project by the renowned video and performance artist Joan Jonas, who represented the US at the 2015 Venice Art Biennale.
- La Pelle – Luc Tuymans: Palazzo Grassi. 24th March – 6th Palazzo Grassi’s 2019 show will be dedicated to Luc Tuymans, the influential Belgian artist who has dedicated himself to figurative painting since the mid 1980s, contributing significantly to the rebirth of this medium in contemporary art. This will be his first monographic exhibition in Italy, showcasing over 80 important pieces from the Pinault Collection, international museums and private collections, as well as a new site-specific work created especially for Palazzo Grassi.
- Maurice Marinot. The Glass, 1911-1934: Le Stanze del Vetro. 25th March – 28th This Spring Le Stanze del Vetro on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore will host the first ever international exhibition focusing on Maurice Marinot, the great experimental French artist who paved the way for much contemporary glassmaking. Featuring over 200 works and preparatory designs, the show will highlight his remarkable originality, skill and inventive capacity, underlining the fundamental role that he played in the history of modern and contemporary glass.
- The Collection of Cardinal Grimani: Palazzo Grimani. From 10th This historic event will see an important collection of antique sculptures – once owned by Venetian Patriarch Giovanni Grimani – returned to their original home at Palazzo Grimani, over 400 years after they were donated to the Republic of Venice in 1487. The temporary exhibition is being organized in collaboration with Venetian Heritage, offering an excellent reason to visit the splendid, yet often overlooked, Grimani Palace.