Francesca Lavazza’s Seven Must See Exhibitions at the Venice Biennale 2017

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Scion of the exalted Italian coffee empire, Francesca Lavazza’s public profile is actually much more greatly pegged to her passionate involvement in the world of contemporary art. Indeed, she was notably named to the Guggenheim’s Board of Trustees in 2016.

As a company, Lavazza (surely Europe’s most prestigious coffee purveyors) have supported exhibitions at the Guggenheim New York, the Bourse de Bruxelles in Brussels, and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice. Francesca herself oversees the annual Lavazza Calendar project, showcasing eminent photographers from around the world.

“Lavazza has for more than 20 years been a supporter of photography,” she says, “working with some of the world’s most renowned photographers for the annual Lavazza Calendar. But also with the likes of Steve McCurry for the Tierra! Project, which has evolved into stand-alone exhibitions in places like Venice, Turin and Brussels.”

With the feverishly anticipated 57th Annual Venice Biennale opening this Saturday, May 13 (it runs until November 26), we asked her to choose her top “must see” exhibitions there.

 

 Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images for Lavazza
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First of all, the Mark Tobey: Threading Light exhibition at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. This show was announced by Lavazza this month on the occasion of the launch of the new multi-year collaboration with the museum. This is the latest step in Lavazza’s role as the Guggenheim Foundation’s Global Partner, which started in 2014 with the Guggenheim New York.
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Damien Hirst’s Treasures From the Wreck of the Unbelievable at the Pinault Collection’s Venice venues: the Palazzo Grassi and the Punta della Dogana. It is a project he has been working on for more than ten years, for which he imagines the discovery of a shipwreck carrying precious objects.
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On view at the Palazzo Ducale, part of the Civic Museums of Venice (a Lavazza partner since 2015) will be Douglas Gordon’s video installation Gente di Palermo. This includes a “home movie” he filmed at the very eerie Capuchin catacombs in Palermo.
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Another interesting exhibition organized by the Civic Museums of Venice is David Hockney’s 82 Portraits and 1 Still-life. Being shown at the Ca’ Pesaro, it features 82 portraits exploring the artist’s life in Los Angeles and his relationship with the international art world.
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The Correr Museum, another institution that is part of the Civic Museums of Venice, will be putting on a photography exhibition focused on Shirin Neshat. Titled The Home of My Eyes, the show explores the themes of Iranian culture and identity in Azerbaijan, which split from Iran in the 19th Century.
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Intuition at Palazzo Fortuny takes a look at the struggle of humankind to understand and represent the connection between earth and the unknown. The exhibition examines representations from early humankind, all the way through to modern and contemporary artists exploring the theme.
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The Italian Pavillion at the Arsenale will be featuring three Italian-born artists: Roberto Cuoghi, Giorgio Andreotta Calò, and Adelita Husni-Bey. These young talents will help present a very forward-thinking view of Italy.