Fashion brands support the Venice Art Biennale – WWD


VENICE — Despite the sudden drop in temperatures and heavy rain, Venice was buzzing with tourists and visitors for the inaugural events of the Art Biennale, which this year seemed to attract even more fashion brands to support it, from Dior becoming a donor and Valentino sponsoring the Italian pavilion at “Human Brains” bowing at the Ca’ Corner della Regina of the Fondazione Prada and Pomellato sponsoring the Venice pavilion.

Bottega Veneta has signed on as a supporting partner for ‘Dancing Studies’, a series of live dance performances built around the exhibition ‘Bruce Nauman: Contraposto Studies’ from the Pinault Collection at Palazzo Grassi in Venice.

On Thursday evening, Lenio Kaklea staged the show “Sonatas and Interludes” for a small group of guests, including Julianne Moore and Bart Freundlich.

“Venice is inherently international, as well as a place for multidisciplinary art and design forms,” ​​said the brand’s general manager, Bartolomeo “Leo” Rongone. “The roots of Bottega Veneta belong to this same history and it has the same perspective. We have a commitment to Venice and what it stands for. By adopting this multidisciplinary approach of live events, exhibitions and special launches, Bottega Veneta cements its place as part of Italy’s larger cultural history that has become known around the world.

Creative director Matthieu Blazy designed some of the costumes for the Paris-based Greek dancer and choreographer and all of the costumes for Pam Tanowitz’s performances.

“Essentially, we explore movement and the body in motion. Working with Lenio, someone who uses movement in such a radical and beautiful way, is where clothing and a radical sense of self-expression collide,” Blazy said.

Kaklea said she had never worked with a fashion house before and that being an “outsider” to that world was reflected in that “moving, discovering and experimenting rather than displaying or storytelling”. . [in the performance].” However, “shared experiences” allowed the two “to speak the same language from the start”.

Lenio Kaklea during the show.
courtesy of Bottega Veneta

The same evening, Louis Vuitton hosted a cocktail and dinner party at the magnificent late-Gothic Ca’ d’Oro palace overlooking the Grand Canal, where the French group plans to renovate the Giorgio Franchetti gallery with the Venetian Heritage Foundation. The Ca’ d’Oro now houses a museum and the art collection of Baron Franchetti, to which over the years the Italian State has added paintings and numerous sculptures from churches destroyed during the French and Austrian occupation.

Since 2013, the Espace Louis Vuitton Venezia, as part of the Beyond the Walls program of the Louis Vuitton Foundation, has hosted a series of exhibitions promoting international contemporary art and this year welcomes “Apollo, Apollo” by Katharina Grosse as an event collateral of the Biennale.


Ca d’Oro
image courtesy of Louis Vuitton

Diesel has partnered with the Tom of Finland Foundation and Paris-based art collective The Community to present two simultaneous exhibitions, “AllTogether”, in Venice and Paris, bringing together a selection from the world’s largest collection of LGBTQ art. in the world for the first time outside of Los Angeles.

“Tom opened doors for so many people: he was the first internationally acclaimed erotic gay artist and created a platform that helped me understand myself in my acceptance process because there was no gay community growing up in Bruges,” said Diesel creative director Glenn. Martens. “He contributed to this feeling of living in full happiness, which is reflected in these works, because the artists know that they no longer have to hide, but let’s not forget that our community does not live in peace everywhere. There are still persecutions in many places. The Biennale is one of the best platforms and will help raise awareness.

The designer also paid tribute to Diesel, who has long spoken out on social and environmental issues: “one of the reasons I took on this job,” Martens said. “As a global brand, we have a responsibility to give back, people are watching, and we are working to accelerate that process of acceptance.”

Diesel will also launch a dedicated capsule collection on May 8, Tom of Finland’s birthday.

The foundation’s president and co-founder, Durk Dehner, praised the Biennale’s “tremendous exhibition” and Diesel’s capsule as “another exciting avenue” to promote artists’ imagery. “Tom’s legacy lives on and continues to inspire to stay true to yourself and not be inhibited. He represents freedom for all of us. Many erotic artists of the time – some working anonymously throughout throughout their careers – feared that their work would be forgotten or destroyed after their death, so they donated their life’s work to the foundation, knowing that it would be carefully archived and their stories preserved.

The exhibition at the Center Communautaire de Paris will end on May 8 and the two exhibitions, which will both run until June 26, will include more than 200 works of art from the 1940s to the present day.

Tom from Finland

An untitled work by Tom of Finland.
courtesy picture

Street art also made its debut at the Biennale, with the pavilion of the Republic of San Marino presenting a work by British artist Endless, organized by the FR Institute of Contemporary Art, in collaboration with the Cris Contini Contemporary gallery, titled “The Endless Transfiguration”.

Endless is the first and only street artist to enter the Gallerie degli Uffizi with a permanent work. Always more current, this work studies how man develops technologies to modify the environment and how nature reacts to it.

A towering 14-meter-long installation – featuring a reconfigured human torso at its center with outstretched arms and open hands – is constructed from largely recycled materials in a collage, such as wooden panels and doors, metal panels and silver leaf, on which the artist has grafted digital graphics and layers of paint, revealing details such as manipulated photographs and graphic images that reference his street-art past.


“The Endless Transfiguration”
image courtesy of Endless


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