Over the next few weeks, Venice will witness an explosion of contemporary art exhibitions and installations taking place all over the city, as the 2017 Art Biennale gets underway. While most shows won’t open to the public until 13th May, Casa Tre Oci on Giudecca has already flung open its doors and revealed a sensational new exhibition by American artist David LaChapelle – one of the most important, irreverent and provocative photographers working today.
Spread over four floors, the expansive show charts LaChapelle’s career from the 1980s to the present day – including his first black and white photographs produced for Andy Warhol’s “Interview” magazine, as well as his famous “portraits” of celebrities including Michael Jackson, Muhammad Ali and the Kardashians. The show also includes a world premiere of his “New World” Series; 11 unpublished works that depict the rainforests of Hawaii as a technicolored fantasy-world.
Often described as “the Fellini of Photography”, LaChapelle’s works present dream-like depictions of everyday scenarios; hyper-realistic in style, with electric colours and lacquered surfaces – brimming with sexuality, irony and contradictions. While at first glance the exhibition may appear shallow and superficial, it soon becomes clear that beneath his high-gloss surfaces, the artist is dealing with deep and often sinister social messages – such as mankind’s obsessive relationship with pleasure, wealth and consumerism.
Featuring over 100 works, this is LaChapelle’s first ever solo show in Venice, and is sure to be one of the most talked-about exhibitions of the season. We recommend a visit before the Biennale crowds descend.
PLUS: After your visit to Casa Tre Oci, be sure to leave time for a refreshing pick-me-up at one of Giudecca’s lovely bars and restaurants.
For a glamorous sun-downer, head to the hip SkyLine Rooftop Bar at the Hilton Molino Stucky – a converted flour mill where you’ll find stylish cocktails and one of the best panoramic views in Venice.
For a more relaxed, tranquil atmosphere, nose your way through the Crea boatyard (where you’ll often see gondolas being made) and find Ristorante Storico Al Crea, which has a delightful sunny terrace overlooking the lagoon.
And for some of the very best food in Venice, make a reservation at one of the waterfront tables at Harry’s Dolci; the perfect place to sit for an early evening meal, with scintillating views across the Giudecca canal.
For more information about “David LaChapelle: Lost & Found” at Casa Tre Oci, visit www.treoci.org
For more information about Skyline Bar at Hilton Molino Stucky, visit www.skylinebarvenice.com
For more information about Ristorante Al Storico Crea, visit www.ristorantealstorico.com
For more information about Harry’s Dolci, visit www.cipriani.com