The Museum of Palazzo Grimani presents “Archinto,” an exhibition of new paintings and sculptures by Georg Baselitz, curated by Mario Codognato and produced by Gagosian in collaboration with Venetian Heritage. Set up on the main floor of the Museum, the exhibition includes twelve canvases made specifically by the artist for the Sala del Portego, placed in its original eighteenth-century stucco frames, where portraits of the Grimani family stood until the nineteenth century. Thanks to a very special agreement, these works will remain on long-term loan to the museum by concession of the artist, establishing a continuous dialogue between classical and contemporary art that further enriches the museum’s cultural offerings. This is the first time to date that such a collaboration has taken place between a contemporary artist and a state museum in Venice.
In this exhibition the artist pays homage to Venice and its rich artistic tradition, on the one hand re-establishing historical continuity and on the other signaling a break between celebrated Renaissance portraiture and its contemporary equivalents. The title of the exhibition and his works refer to the enigmatic portrait of Cardinal Filippo Archinto that Titian painted in 1558, characterized by a dense brushstroke that blurs the figure with the background.
Location: Grimani Palace Museum, Venice
Schedule: until Nov. 27, 2022
Hours: 10 am – 7 pm / closed on Mondays
Ticket: up to € 15