Sguardi incrociati a Venezia
Jirô Taniguchi Mariano Fortuny
From June 6th to Dicember 8th, 2014
Espace Louis Vuitton, Venezia
Designed by the art historian and exhibition curator Adrien Goetz, Sguardi Incrociati a Venezia is the third exhibition at Espace Louis Vuitton Venezia. Following Where Should Othello Go? by Pompeo Molmenti & Tony Oursler, and Renaissance, Bill Viola & Carpaccio, this face to face between Jirô Taniguchi (b. 1957), the famous Japanese manga artist, and Mariano Fortuny (1871-1949), painter, set designer and photographer, offers two different views on Venice with striking similarities.
The exhibition Sguardi Incrociati a Venezia brings together more than 30 sketches, made by Jirô Taniguchi for the new Louis Vuitton Travel Book to be launched in Venice in June, with 25 photographs by Mariano Fortuny held in the reserve collection of the Palazzo Fortuny, together with films and books, after meticulous restoration work funded by Louis Vuitton as part of its partnership with the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia.
In Fortuny’s photographs presented here, one recognises immediately his taste for not just theatre, scene setting and stage sets, but also for unexpected lighting. In the cartoonist Taniguchi it is the comic strip, so close to manga, and at the same time so different. Both of them wish to stand out from the crowd and both succeed: Fortuny sought to distance himself from painting – which he practised himself, sometimes with similar compositions, as, for example, when, he set the depth of the narrow streets in small vertical format paintings, Taniguchi wishes to forget the classical storytelling of the comic strip, divided into a succession of panels.
Jirô Taniguchi’s images © Louis Vuitton Malletier / JIRO TANIGUCHI
LOUIS VUITTON TRAVEL BOOK VENISE 2014
Espace Louis Vuitton Venezia
Calle del Ridotto 1353, 30124 Venice
From June 6th to Dicember 8th, 2014: free entry
Open from Monday to Saturday, from 10 am to 7.30 pm and on Sunday from 10.30 am to 7.30 pm