Design – Most visitors flying to Venice land at the Marco Polo international airport, but the most breathtaking aerial views of the city can be seen from flights to the Giovanni Nicelli private airport on the Lido island, just 20 minutes away from Saint Mark square. The airport itself is a 1920s architectural gem equipped with elegant interior spaces, a gourmet restaurant, large gardens and outdoor terraces for exclusive parties, private events, art exhibitions and film shoots.
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Thanks to the restructuring project started in 2019, Giovanni Nicelli airport has become a new cultural pole promoting arts in the Lido. Nilufar Gallery’s founder Nina Yashar has been invited to curate an exhibition in the building’s central hall.
Works by great masters such as Gio Ponti, Franco Albini, Ignazio Moncada, BBPR, Pietro Consagra, Angelo Lelii and Joaquim Tenreiro dialogue with contemporary artifacts by avant-garde artists such as Martino Gamper, Bethan Laura Wood and Analogia Projects. All of the pieces rest on the elegant yet distinct moquette, kindly lent by Besana Carpet Lab.
“I’ve always desired an itinerant approach, bringing and moving artifacts with their stories around the world.” Nina Yashar told Archipanic. “Doing it in Venice, and specifically in the setting of Lido, is an unprecedented gift. I have a strong connection to this enchanting city.”
A second exhibition at “Spazio Esso,” the airport’s former fuel distributor, is dedicated to the European debut of the ceramic artist Sin Ying Cassandra Ho and is co-curated by Nina Yashar and ArtHub – April 20-June 30. Ho identifies herself as a global sapiens, having lived in multicultural cities like New York City, Toronto, and Hong Kong. She creates cross-cultural narratives by selecting European and Chinese elements, iconic decorative motifs and images from historical and contemporary perspectives.
Her cut-and-paste technique creates recognizable and simultaneously unfamiliar silhouettes, with symbols from both East and West that are hand-painted, digitally designed and then transferred onto the glazed surface. This mixture of digital and analogic, together with the fragmentation of her work, creates a visual distortion and creates a shifting dimensionality evoking cubism.
With these new exhibitions, Nilufar Gallery becomes part of the long history of Giovanni Nicelli private airport.
- All photos by Giovanni Emilio Galanello, courtesy of Nilufar Gallery – unless stated otherwise.