Damien Hirst: Demon with Bowl (Exhibition Enlargement). Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS/SIAE 2017

5 collateral events at 2017 Venice Art Biennale – “Demon with Bowl” (Exhibition Enlargement). Photo by Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS/SIAE 2017.

Venice 2017 – Venice international art or architecture exhibitions offer always a chance to explore the city in search of mesmerising installations and unexpected locations. Archipanic selected 5 architecture and design related collateral events at 2017 Venice Art Biennale which goes on show until November 26. 

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The Unplayed Notes Factory

Campiello della Pescheria, isle of Murano – [Map]
Loris Gréaud, The Unpaid Notes Factory.

Loris Gréaud, The Unplayed Notes Factory – Courtesy of Fondazione Berengo.

Fondazione Berengo and Loris Gréaud bring back to life a glass furnace on the isle of Murano. The Unplayed Notes Factory welcomes visitors in a true tableau vivant rambling at the rate of ovens burning, smokescreens evaporating and glass volumes turning solid and breaking. Under the curatorship of Nicolas Bourriaud, the former factory which closed 60 years ago is transformed into an unofficial production line of hourglasses, with an almost alchemical ambition to crystalise time. Definitively worthy a trip!


Damien Hirst’s Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable

Palazzo Grassi [Map] and Punta della Dogana [Map].
Damien Hirst, The Warrior and the Bear, Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2017.

Damien Hirst, The Warrior and the Bear – Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2017.

At Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana, the Pinault Collection presents Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable, Damien Hirst‘s major exhibition in Italy featuring over 200 new artworks, including 100 precious sculptures in marble, crystal and gold. The exhibition tells the story of the ancient wreck of a vast ship, the Unbelievable, and presents what was discovered of its precious cargo. The largest piece is a 16-metre tall decapitated giant standing in the courtyard of Palazzo Grassi. Ancient heros and mythological monsters but also nymphs and fantastic creatures populate the halls of the museums referring to Western and Eastern cultures as well as modern literature and contemporary icons. All is meshed and often covered by molluscs and marine vegetation.Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable is rumored to be the most expensive exhibitions by a living artist.


The Golden Tower by James Lee Byars

Campo  San  Vio, Dorsoduro [Map].
THE GOLDEN TOWER by James Lee Byars - Photo by Richard Ivey, courtesy Michael Werner Gallery in New York and London

Photo by Richard Ivey, courtesy Michael Werner Gallery in New York and London.

Walking from Accademia to the Peggy Guggenheim, visitors come across The  Golden  Tower by late James Lee Byars rising. Envisioned as “a colossal beacon to ‘bridge heaven and earth, and unify humanity” the installation rises along the Grand Canal and can be viewed from a variety of vantage points around the city. “Venice was both James’ home and a metaphor for East meeting West. I can’t imagine a more fitting tribute in these times.” Said Wendy Dunaway, the artist’s widow. The Golden Tower installation is a project by Fondazione Giuliani with the support of Micheal Werner Gallery.


Lorenzo Quinn’s SUPPORT installation

Ca’ Sagredo Hotel, Grand Canal [Map].
Support by Lorenzo Quinn - Courtesy of Halcyon Gallery.

Courtesy of Halcyon Gallery.

Two giant white hands emerging from the Grand Canal protect and hold the historic building of the Ca’ Sagredo Hotel by by Campo Santa Sofia. The SUPPORT installation by Lorenzo Quinn reflects on the creative and the destructive imprints of human nature, as well as the capacity for humans to act and make an impact on history and the environment. “Venice is a floating art city that has inspired cultures for centuries, but to continue to do so it needs the support of our generation and the future ones, because it is threatened by climate change and time decay.” Says Lorenzo Quinn. SUPPORT is a project by The Halcyon Gallery.


Ettore Sottsass dialogues with Carlo Scarpa

Negozio Olivetti, Piazza San Marco [Map].
Sottsass Scarpa DIALOGO - Photo by Finding_Valhalla IG

Photo by Finding_Valhalla, IG,

FAI Fondo Ambiente Italiano and French architect Charles Zana celebrate 100th anniversary of Ettore Sottsass’ a birth with the Dialogo exhibition at the Negozio Olivetti in St. Mark square. On show 70 ceramics the architect and founder of the Memphis Group created between 1957 and 1969. The designs are framed by the architecture of Carlo Scarpa who renovated the former Olivetti shop in 1957.


The Goldeon Tower by Jaqmes Lee Byarsa, photo by Richard Ivey, courtesy Michael Werner Gallery, New York and London.

The Golden Tower by James Lee Byars, photo by Richard Ivey, courtesy Michael Werner Gallery, New York and London.