Behind an inconspicuous-looking door on the Zattere lies one of Venice’s most striking and impressive exhibition spaces, designed the celebrated Italian architect Renzo Piano. Originally a salt warehouse, the building is now a gallery run by the Fondazione Emilio and Annabianca Vedova – a foundation dedicated to celebrating and promoting the artistic legacy of the twentieth century Venetian artist Emilio Vedova, who died in 2006.
The current exhibition presents fourteen large-scale canvases that Vedova created between 1976 and 1977. Bold and expressive, painted exclusively in black and white, they reveal the strong influence of American artists such as Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline, whose work Vedova came across on his travels to the States, and also in Venice via the collection of Peggy Guggenheim as well as the Biennale.
It’s worth visiting the show not just to admire the paintings themselves, but to marvel at the extraordinary way they are presented – manoeuvred via a robotic device that periodically lifts them from a metal stack and transports them down the length of the gallery like a mesmerizing artistic fashion show.
“Emilio Vedova De America” is on view at Fondazione Emilio e Annabianca Vedova until 26 November 2017