1 1 1 1 Waiting for the 2017 Biennale: Art Spring in Venice The 2017 International Exhibition of Visual Arts (Biennale d'Arte 2017), this year entitled "Viva Arte Viva", curated by Cristine Macel, is fast approaching and is open to the public from May 13; it will be preceded by three days of vernissage. But first, at least four other important exhibitions will be preparing, in some way, the ground for the art feast which will see Venice as the contemporary art world capital in and out of the Biennale and throughout the summer.

One of the most awaited is the double show that the Pinault Foundation will dedicate to Damien Hirst at Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana (http://www.palazzograssi.it). Entitled "Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable", it opens to the public Sunday 9th April.

From 12th April David LaChapelle will be the protagonist of a large monographic exhibition at the Casa dei Tre Oci (http://www.palazzograssi.it with "Lost &Found"; the irreverent and baroque American photographer, suspended between pop and hyper-realism, will bring over one hundred images that cover some of his work and will be presenting also the new series "New World", significant as it marks the return of the celebrity photographer to the representation of the human figure.

A very different setting, Palazzo Cini at San Vio, home to the invaluable collection of old paintings of Count Cini, will host, from 21st April, "Afterglow; Pictures of Ruins" by multimedia artist and Brazilian photographer Vik Muniz (http://www.palazzograssi.it Muniz, fascinated by the Italian "Capriccio" (whim) and by the Venetian tradition, presents to the public both unpublished photographs, taken by the recent series Repro, and works made ex-novo, presented in an extraordinarily vivid chromatic scale, drawing on the paintings of Vittorio Cini collection. In particular Muniz revisits the eighteenth-century tradition of the architectural Capriccio with views of ruins, by reproducing the brushstrokes of these pictures with cutouts of paintings reproduced in art history books, with a singular final effect.

Finally, from 6th May, the Guggenheim Collection will be hosting the most complete and comprehensive retrospective of the last twenty years dedicated to Mark Tobey (http://www.palazzograssi.it the dean of American Abstract Expressionists. With "Mark Tobey: Threading Light" the exhibition wants to trace the evolution of the artist's pioneering new styles, as well as its contribution, significant and not fully recognized, to the abstraction of the twentieth century American modernism. With 70 paintings, ranging from productions of the '20s up to the '70s, the exhibition explores the scope of Tobey's artistic production and reveals the extraordinary, however radical, charm of his work. A network of sinuous lines that, with the soft elegance of oriental calligraphy, opposes the mass of Western works..
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