Venice, Futuruins exhibition at Palazzo Fortuny investigates ruins between past and present
By FEDERICA LUSIARDI - 2019-02-21
Until March 24, 2019, Palazzo Fortuny in Venice presents the exhibition “Futuruins”. Originating from a collaboration among the City of Venice, the Venice Museums Foundation and the State Hermitage Museum of Saint Petersburg the exhibition features over 250 works of art, from antiquity to the present.
cover image: Christian Fogarolli, “Crime and Faith”, installation view, Futuruins, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice. Photo Inexhibit 2018
The exhibition is an investigation on the theme of ruins – objects “suspended” between past and present, life and death, destruction and creation – as an allegory of time passing by. The aesthetics of ruins plays a crucial role in western civilizations because it symbolizes the power of the past while it contains, at the same time, the power of fragments which, for their cultural and symbolic content, can become the “foundation stones” upon which the future is built.
Elisa Sighicelli, “Untitled 6960-6928-6936” Futuruins, installation view, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice. Photo Inexhibit, 2018
The pieces on display express the manifold meanings ruins have had throughout the ages, from the architectural and sculptural remains of the Greek-Roman, Egyptian, and Mesopotamian civilizations to contemporary art, which look at ruins in a different way by investigating the “physical and moral ruins” in our society. For example, the dehumanization of our cities and the lack of human relations it implies are depicted in a 2004 film by Francesco Jodice focused on the phenomenon of hikikomori, young Japanese who live secluded in their homes obsessively playing video games, as a demonstration that ruins are not only made of architectural relics.
Other modern and contemporary artists featured include Vito Acconci, Alberto Burri, Lawrence Carroll, Giorgio de Chirico, Jean Dubuffet, Thomas Hirschhorn, Anselm Kiefer, Francesco Jodice, Hiroyuki Masuyama, Steve McCurry, Sarah Moon, Claudio Parmiggiani, Mimmo Rotella, Anri Sala, and Alberto Savinio, to name a few.
Anselm Kiefer, “Am Anfang” (In the Beginning), Futuruins, installation view, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice. Photo Inexhibit, 2018
Between remote and contemporary times, the exhibition presents a number of masterpieces, many of which from Venetian collections – such as the Medusa’s heads by Arturo Martini and Franz von Stuck, the ruins at night by Ippolito Caffi, and Urbino maiolicas decorated with images of genesis and death – and others from private collections. Furthermore, over 80 pieces are on loan from the State Hermitage Museum, including works by Albrecht Dürer, Monsù Desiderio, Giovanni Paolo Pannini, Jacopo and Francesco Bassano, Parmigianino, Veronese, Jacob van Oost the Elder, Arturo Nathan, and Alessandro Algardi.
The exhibition also features a number of site-specific works by Franco Guerzoni, Christian Fogarolli, Giuseppe Amato, Renato Leotta, and Renata De Bonis, among others.
Palazzo Fortuny, San Marco 3958
open until March 24, 2019.
Futuruins, installation view, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice. Photo Inexhibit, 2018
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