Venice: GAD, new contemporary art district, opens on the Giudecca island


On May 9, 2019, GAD – Giudecca Art District, a project by Paolo Scelsi and Valentina Gioia Levy, opens on the Giudecca island in Venice.

The program of activities of GAD comprises special exhibitions and cultural events aimed to showcase the work of artists based in Venice, as well as to strengthen the role of the Giudecca island as a place for making and presenting innovative projects made in collaboration with national and international partners.


Above: GAD – Giudecca Art District, interior and exterior views

Why Giudecca
Like other European cities, in the 19th century, Venice’s urban fabric was shaped by great social and industrial changes.
That renovation was particularly relevant in the Spina Lunga island – the old name of Giudecca – in which, due to its location, many factories – tanneries, mills, breweries, craft workshops, chemical plants, and shipyards – were built.
Those companies, and their buildings, profoundly changed the aspect of the island, transforming it in an industrial district right in the heart of the Venetian Lagoon.
The Giudecca of today is the result of those changes and a number of subsequent transformations in the 20th century.
Therefore, the objective of the Giudecca Art District is to establish a distinctive contemporary art district, away from central Venice’s tourist crowd, through adaptive reuse of Giudecca’s former industrial workshops.

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The church of the Santissimo Redentore on the Giudecca island, designed by Andrea Palladio, and an aerial view of Venice with Giudecca on the left.

Program of events
During the 2019 Venice Art Biennale, the GAD district spaces will accommodate exhibitions and cultural events part of the Take Care of Your Garden. Cultivating a New Humanism program by GAD.
The art program also includes the installation Body as Home by artists Aleksandra Karpowicz and October! Collective. Curated by Miguel Mallol, Body as Home is a video installation which depicts a journey into identity, migration and the idea of homeland filmed in four cities: Cape Town, London, New York, and Warsaw.

Focused on contemporary art and culture, the 2019 GAD program, running from May to December 2019, will feature talks, performances, films screenings, video-artworks, site-specific works, and open-air art installations.

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Aleksandra Karpowicz and October! Collective, Body as Home, a still from the video, and installation view.

GAD – Giudecca Art District, grand opening: Thursday, May 9, 2019, 6 PM – 11 PM.
The complete program of exhibitions and event of Giudecca Art District is available at

All images courtesy of GAD

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