VENICE, Gallerie dell’Accademia, 8 May – 8 September 2019
With a major retrospective opening on 8 May 2019, Georg Baselitz will be the first living artist to exhibit at the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice. Curated by Kosme de Barañano, Baselitz – Academy examines the artist’s work in relation to the Italian art historical tradition and the legacy of the academy.
As a young artist, Baselitz left Germany for Italy after winning a six-month residency at the Villa Romana in Florence. During this pivotal time, he turned his gaze intensely to the art of the Italian Renaissance, including that of Giovanni di Paolo, Rosso Fiorentino, and Jacopo da Pontormo.
Acutely aware of the arc of art history, Baselitz has returned over and again to the artists of the past. This exhibition highlights this interest while turning attention to his remarkable influence on contemporary painting, including his iconic inversions, which deconstruct the traditions of portraiture.
Seven rooms are dedicated to Baselitz’s paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures. The show is divided into sections focusing on themes such as drawings inspired by Pontormo, the “upside-down” portraits, and the impressive large nudes. In a radical and revelatory presentation, the room of nudes exhibits exceptional works that have never before been seen together.
Georg Baselitz comments: “I am delighted to have been invited to present my work at the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice. I have known the city and museum well for many years and it is a pleasure to work with Kosme de Barañano to present a show that we hope will offer something different.”
Kosme de Barañano, curator of the exhibition, comments: “Georg Baselitz is one of the most significant artists of the second half of the twentieth century. He confronts the great theme of painting not by reducing it to its essence but rather by attacking the convention itself. We are thrilled to work together again. Baselitz has often visited Italy and has kept a studio in the country for quite some time, and the exhibition will reflect how Italy has impacted his work over the years.”
Paola Marini, former Director of the Gallerie dell’Accademia, comments: “After the success of the Philip Guston exhibition in 2017, we are pleased to continue the journey by presenting the work of a contemporary master, Georg Baselitz, whose work has been profoundly influenced by the encounter with the history of Italian art present at the Gallerie dell’Accademia.”
Giovanni Panebianco, General Secretary of MiBAC and Director of Gallerie dell’Accademia, comments: “This exhibition significantly testifies to the Gallerie dell’Accademia’s commitment to carry on a project of dialogue with the contemporary art milieu, a path started some years ago. The exhibition indeed is a tribute to Georg Baselitz, one of the most innovative and influential artists of the last fifty years. Baselitz is intimately connected with the city of Venice, where he more than once presented his artworks during the Biennale Arte, starting from the 1980 edition when he participated with his first challenging, deeply original sculpture.
Baselitz – Academy, promoted by Gallerie dell’Accademia and supported by Gagosian, is a Collateral Event of the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.
About Gallerie dell’Accademia
Housed in the ancient architectural complex composed by Scuola Grande, the church and the convent of Santa Maria della Carità, and overlooking the Grand Canal in the Dorsoduro urban area of the Venetian historical centre, Gallerie dell’Accademia is home to the most important collection worldwide of Venetian painting from the fourteenth to eighteenth centuries. The museum was inaugurated on 10 August 1817 and presents masterpieces by great Italian masters, as well as international ones, including Giovanni Bellini, Hieronymus Bosch, Canaletto, Vittore Carpaccio, Rosalba Carriera, Piero della Francesca, Giorgione, Francesco Guardi, Lorenzo Lotto, Andrea Mantegna, Hans Memling, Giambattista Tiepolo, Tintoretto, Titian, and Veronese. In its precious Gabinetto dei Disegni, Gallerie dell’Accademia features artworks by Leonardo da Vinci, including the famed Vitruvian Man (Uomo Vitruviano).
Monday 8:15 – 14:00
Last entrance 13:00
Tuesday to Sunday 8:15 19:15
Last entrance 18:15
Include access to:
• Permanent collection of Gallerie dell’Accademia
• Exhibition Leonardo da Vinci. L’uomo modello del mondo (April 17 – July 14, 2019)
• Exhibition Baselitz – Academy (May 8 – September 8, 2019)
WAITING FOR THE OPERA – L’OPERA IN MOSTRA
Verona, Palazzo della Gran Guardia 21.06 – 22.09.2019
Verona’s prestigious Palazzo della Gran Guardia hosts an exhibition that makes opera at the Arena di Verona even more magic and exciting. With a corpus of over 140 works from the Fondazione Arena di Verona Historical Archives, Waiting for the Opera – L’Opera in mostra reveals the Arena via its Archives, documenting the story of the Arena Opera Festival from its birth in 1913 to the present day. Proposed by the Fondazione Arena di Verona as a complement to the operatic experience, the exhibition shows sketches, costumes, costume designs, period photographs, audio and video recordings, exhibited in five thematic sections, one for each of the operas on this year’s Arena di Verona Opera Festival program:
AIDA - TOSCA - IL TROVATORE - LA TRAVIATA - CARMEN
Located in Verona’s main square, a short distance from its magnificent Roman Amphitheatre, which every year is transformed into the world’s largest open-air opera theatre, the exhibition celebrates the Arena Opera Festival by means of the work of great performers, famous directors, high profile scenographers and
multiple award-winning costume designers: from Maria Callas to Franco Zeffirelli, Pino Casarini to Gabriella Pescucci. A compulsory stop for all those who come to Verona to attend the Opera Festival, but also those wanting to discover a fascinating world of music, colours, designs, fabrics, acting, lighting and artists.
On performance days at the Arena di Verona, exhibition visiting hours are extended to 8:30 pm: an unmissable opportunity to prepare for the magic of the show just before entering the shrine of open-air opera.
INFORMATION WAITING FOR THE OPERA – L’OPERA IN MOSTRA
Palazzo della Gran Guardia
21st June – 22nd September 2019
EXHIBITION OPENING DAYS AND HOURS:
from 21st June to 22nd September 2019
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
last entry 6:30 pm
ON ARENA DI VERONA PERFORMANCE DAYS:
10:00 am - 8:30 pm
last entry 8:00 pm
Admission to the exhibition is included in every ticket/carnet for the 2019 Arena di Verona Opera Festival
BOOKABLE GUIDED GROUP VISITS:
Length: 60 min.
Cost: € 100 for each group of a maximum of 25 visitors (entry fee not included)
Booking is compulsory, by writing to email@example.com
Languages available: Italian/English/French/German/Spanish
Maximum number of visitors for each group: 25
PROGRAMMED GUIDED VISITS FOR INDIVIDUAL VISITORS:
Every Saturday and Sunday at 5:30 pm
Length: 60 min.
Cost: € 5 per person (entry fee not included)
Paid registration: at the exhibition ticket office:
Languages: Italian and/or English
Maximum number of visitors for each visit: 25
Tickets for the Arena di Verona Opera Festival can be purchased at the exhibition ticket office.
PROGRAMMED GUIDED VISITS FOR INDIVIDUAL VISITORS: Every Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 pm Length: 60 min. Cost: free (included in the ticket) Paid registration: at the exhibition ticket office: Languages: English Maximum number of visitors for each visit: 25