About the Real Venice exhibition
11 October - 11 December 2011.
Please visit www.somersethouse.org.uk for further details.
To view a selection of photographs from the Real Venice Opening Party at Somerset House on 10 October, click here
For centuries, Venice has inspired intellectuals, writers, and artists with its ravishing beauty, riches and strangeness. Over the last 100 years, however, the avant-garde visual arts have with only a few notable exceptions, avoided using Venice as their subject matter, resisting this deeply romantic city, so famously and frequently reproduced and parodied.
Now, in the exhibition Real Venice, 14 international artists have been challenged to create a series of meaningful and original photographic images of Venice, perhaps the most photographed, but seriously threatened city in the world. The resulting images show Venice in all its beauty, but also in all its paradoxes and contrasts. As well as addressing the everyday life of the city’s inhabitants, its classic monuments and modern architecture, the photographs capture the ravages wrought by mass tourism and the rise of the lagoon water level.
Please visit the Somerset House website for details of how to reach the venue.
Venice in Peril would like to thank the artists for their generosity and also wish to thank their partners, sponsors and donors.
Mrs Andrew Graham
Sir Ronald Grierson
The Headley Trust
The Kilfinan Trust
Sir Mark and Lady Moody Stuart
Mrs Marina Morrisson Atwater
Lord and Lady Phillimore
The Rothschild Foundation