From Kandinsky to Botero. All in one thread


When Vassily Kandinsky, forerunner and founder of abstract painting, painted Red, Yellow, Blue in 1925, he never imagined that an Italian, in love with contemporary art, would make a tapestry so beautiful that it looked like a painting.

The masterpiece of the French-Russian artist is the symbol of the exhibition “From Kandinsky to Botero. All in one thread”, which will open its doors on November 1 at Palazzo Zaguri in Campo San Maurizio in Venice.

An international event, an exhibition never seen before with an exceptional testimonial of the Italian artistic and cultural scene, Vittorio Sgarbi, the voice of the free audioguides that will accompany visitors on a journey where artistic expression, workshop craftsmanship and school find in the tapestry the most precious and ancient expression and, at the same time, never so modern and current.

One hundred tapestries on display in the four floors of the Venetian palace, for a total value of about fifty million euros. Most of the tapestries come from one of the last Italian tapestries, the one founded in 1960 by Ugo Scassa, whose dream, never fulfilled in life, was to exhibit his works in Venice.

It is a joy for the eyes and the soul: one hundred artifacts, woven for hours by skilled female hands to the loom high healds for decades, thanks to the intuition and foresight of this Italian who leaves the building industry to make his passion, contemporary art, a profession. They are works capable of surprising and “capturing” anyone, for the fineness of the warp, the mastery in mixing the colors on the canvas, thread after thread, weave after weave, to give life to masterpieces that have decorated the great halls of the festivities in the great season of the Italian turbonavi, from Leonardo to Michelangelo through Raphael. To evoke the glittering world of transoceanic journeys of the early twentieth century, parts and images of the film “The Legend of the Pianist on the Ocean” will be projected so that visual and auditory perception will take the visitor into the middle of the sea, in a fairy-tale and almost surreal atmosphere.

From Kandinsky to Botero, passing through De Chirico, Mastroianni, Paul Klee, Henri Matisse, Joan Mirò and Andy Wharol, just to name a few of the great masters present at the exhibition. Even Renzo Piano had some of his drawings “translated” with this technique, to his undying memory. All in one thread.

In short, it is almost a return to the origins, a strong reminder of the history of the Venetian city fabric: the palace, in fact, was built between the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries by the Pasqualini family, famous silk merchants. And it is precisely the plots and warps that are the protagonists of this new and unprecedented exhibition, in a space-time continuum that links history and current events.

 



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