Venice | The Sonnabend collection

Place: Venice, Country: Italy
Cà Pesaro - International Gallery of Modern Art
Curators: Gabriella Belli and Antonio Homem. In collaboration with: The Sonnabend Collection Foundation
Exhibition design: Daniela Ferretti
Text by Federica Lusiardi, Inexhibit
Photos by Riccardo Bianchini, Inexhibit

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The entrance hall of the Cà Pesaro. Photo Riccardo Bianchini, Inexhibit

From Rauschenberg to Jeff Koons. The Ileana Sonnabend collection
Cà Pesaro – International Gallery of Modern Art, Venice
From May 31, 2014 to January 4, 2015

Until January 2015, in the large rooms at the third floor, the Cà Pesaro museum in Venice hosts the exhibition From Rauschenberg to Jeff Koons. The Ileana Sonnabend collection.

The exhibition, based on paintings, sculptures, installations and photographs from the Sonnabend collection, granted on long-term loan to the Foundation Civic Museum of Venice, affords a comprehensive view of the contemporary art panorama, through artworks by Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jim Dine, Tom Wesselmann, Robert Morris, Sol Lewitt, Anselm Kiefer and Jeff Koons, just to name a few, and including works never exposed in Venice, like None Sing/Neon Sign by Bruce Nauman and Inflatable Flower (Yellow) by Jeff Koons.

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Top, Foreground: Brillo Boxes by Andy Wahrol, 1964. 
Middle, Foreground: Nine Fiberglass Sleeves by Robert Morris, 1967.
Bottom, Foreground: Untitled (Colonel Splendid) by John Chamberlain, 1964.
Photos Riccardo Bianchini, Inexhibit.

The event is also an occasion to celebrate the personality of Ileana Sonnabend, née Shapira (1914 -2007) who was, along with Peggy Guggenheim, one of the key-figures of art collecting during the 20th century. Born in a wealthy Jewish family from Bucharest, Ileana had a golden youth and, after the marriage with Leo Castelli, moved to New York soon becoming one of the most influential international art dealers and talent-scouts, esteemed for her unconventional and audacious selections. Within her art galleries in New York and Paris, she introduced and promoted several artists which then became key-figures of the post-war avant-gardes: Neo-dada, Pop art, Minimalism, Conceptual art, Neo-expressionism and contemporary photography.

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Top, on the left: Uomo seduto by Michelangelo Pistoletto.
Middle, Foreground: Scala 2000 Lunghi anni lontano da casa by Pier Paolo Calzolari, 1969.

Bottom, Foreground: One, Two and the Other by Barry Le Va, 1967-2013.
Photos Riccardo Bianchini, Inexhibit


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The Ca’ Pesaro is a Baroque palace in Venice and the seat of the Galleria Internazionale di Arte Moderna (International Gallery of Modern Art) museum



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