The contemporary art galleries are valves that channel the time in which we live and anticipate the one we will live in soon, because their clocks are always fast. Otherwise Venice is a city full of chasms, trapdoors, and wells that make you plunge deep into the past.
Don’t you see them? They’re everywhere. Behind every corner, there’s a church; cross a bridge, there’s another palazzo; further on a museum waits. These places invite you to cross their thresholds; you enter, and in a flash you’re in another age. Even the names of a calle or a campiello, if read well, can tell you their story – fabulous, ferocious, or funny as it might be. But it too belongs to the past, it hypnotizes you like a time machine made of words.
The whole city is full of vortices that suck you into distant points, into the life that went on before us. Walking around Venice means being absorbed by centuries past, to be set down at different levels of temporal depth: Gothic, Renaissance, the 18th century… The generations that preceded us planted irresistible traps that still work perfectly. It’s good to let yourself be caught. But in a city like this, perhaps more than any other, someone has to make the present flow, invent it and prefigure the future. The contemporary art galleries pursue this vital task: renewing time, ensuring the health of an organism that would otherwise be made of just legacy, monuments, solidified memories, and too often their crass sale as souvenirs and trinkets.
The contemporary art galleries give what’s new and unpredictable, what hasn’t yet been, a chance. They pursue it passionately and freely; they help it spring forth. This map invites you to discover the sources brimming over with the days to come. Try to follow it. Discover the unexpected.
news + events
For updates on inaugurations, events and exhibitions in Venice, as well as events organised by Venice Galleries View, have a look at the events calendar.
13 May 2021 - 9 January 2022
Mario De Biasi. Fotografie 1947 - 2003
Casa dei Tre Oci, Fondamenta delle Zitelle 43, Giudecca
22 May - 30 October 2021
Ikona Photo Gallery, Campo del Ghetto Nuovo, Cannaregio 2909
Fondazione Ugo e Olga Levi
23 May 2021 - 9 January 2022
Bruce Nauman: Contrapposto studies
Fondazione Pinault – Punta della Dogana
5 September 2021 - 9 January 2022
Fondazione Pinault – Palazzo Grassi, Campo San Samuele 3231
27 November 2021 - 5 February 2022
AT WORK! Lavoro, Società, Comunità nell'arte contemporanea
Spazio Berlendis, Calle Berlendis 6301
27 November 2021 - 19 March 2022
Sacro e Profano. Serena Fineschi
Marignana Arte, Dorsoduro 141, Rio Terà Catecumeni
6 November - 11 December 2021
Galleria Victoria Miro, San Marco 1994, Calle Drio La Chiesa
13 November - 29 January 2022
Kissing Squares. Esther Stocker
Alberta Pane, Dorsoduro 2403H, Calle dei Guardiani
4 December 2021 - 5 February 2022
Claudio Costa. Here comes the rooster
Galleria Michela Rizzo, Isola della Giudecca 800 Q
Venice Galleries View, an initiative made up by nine contemporary art galleries, joined together to enhance and support contemporary art in the Venetian area.
Venice Galleries View's objective is to consolidate, in first instance in Venice, but also throughout Italy and internationally, the perception of an active, solid and increasingly articulated network of private exhibition spaces, which enrich the offer of museums and foundations and that will enliven Venice and Mestre for all the twelve months of the year.