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#september2020 – Art finally! (part III)

Words by Claudia, September 2020

We certainly have been mourning the lack of the Biennale and its satellite exhibitions over the spring and summer but it seems like finally, some light is shining at the end of the Venetian tunnel and most of the museums and art spaces are up and running.

In order of appearance – or better, opening date – here are some of the art shows in town at the moment to calm your thirst for knowledge, beauty, and prosecco. Let’s dig in!

Above left: “The Disquieted Muses”. Central Pavilion, Giardini della Biennale, 2020. Photo by Marco Cappelletti, courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia

Above right: Joe Tilson, The Stones of Venice Deposito del Pane, 2015

On the 125th anniversary of its foundation, the Biennale presents the first exhibition curated by all the Artistic Directors of its six Departments: Cecilia Alemani (Art), Alberto Barbera (Cinema), Marie Chouinard (Dance), Ivan Fedele (Music), Antonio Latella (Theatre) and Hashim Sarkis (Architecture).
“The Disquieted Muses” on view from Saturday, August 29 to Tuesday, December 8, 2020, presents rare footage, first-hand accounts, and a range of artworks, following various lines of research to examine the many times when the history of La Biennale has overlapped with the history of the world — revealing or generating institutional rifts and political and ethical crises, but also new creative languages.


Alma Zevi reopens its Venetian branch with “The Venice Show” from August 28 to October 31, 2020. The group show includes works by Marcantonio Brandolini d’Adda, Heidi Bucher, Simone Carraro, Juliana Cerqueira Leite, Tereza Cervenova, Charlap Hyman & Herrero, Michael Craig-Martin, Andrew Huston, Bice Lazzari, Katy Stubbs, and Joe Tilson and is meant to be a celebration of the potential existing within Venice both in terms of homegrown talent as well as the magnetism which brings artists working today back to the city time and time again.

Above left: Caterina Tognon, “Richard Marquis, The Best of the Two Worlds”

Above right: Spazio Punch, “Emporio”, 2020

Opening September 4, 2020, at Spazio Punch, “Emporio” is inspired by the long tradition of artists’ stores, from The Store by Tracey Emin and Sarah Lucas to Pop Shop by Keith Haring. Rethinking the Italian tradition of the trade fair, the show brings together artifacts from fashion, design, publishing, prototypes, and small productions made by groups and collectives of designers and artists.


“Richard Marquis: The Best of the Two Worlds” at Caterina Tognon is an exhibition paired with “Venice & the American Glass Studio” curated by Tina Oldknow and William Warmus, opening at the Stanze del Vetro in San Giorgio Maggiore on September 5, 2020.

Above left: Venice Glass Week

Above right: Michela Rizzo, “Brian Eno – David Tremlett”

The 4th edition of Venice Glass Week takes place from September 5 to 13, 2020 in various venues around the island and includes under the title #TheHeartOfGlass a series of exhibitions, demonstrations, guided tours, and online events exploring the world of glassmaking.


Gallery Michela Rizzo presents a dialogue between English artists Bian Eno and David Tremlett through both site-specific works and rooms dedicated to each of them. The show will run from September 6 to November 21, 2020.

Above left: Il palazzo del cinema, Lido di Venezia, La Biennale di Venezia

Above right: Venice VR Expanded, La Biennale di Venezia

It is also worth mentioning the seventh art, in fact even if the 2020 edition of the Architecture Biennale has been postponed to spring 2021, the Venice Film Festival will go on and open as usual on September 2 thanks to the application of special anti-Covid-19 protection guidelines. The screening schedule is available here.


Remember to keep your distance on the red carpet!

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