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2Fondazione dei Musei Civici di Venezia and Louis Vuitton announce the signature of a long-term partnership creating links between ancient and contemporary art
To mark the opening of its new Maison in Venice, located in what was once the Cinema Teatro San Marco, Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia announce the signature of an original partnership with Louis Vuitton. .
The House will finance the restoration of major pieces of Venice’s heritage, with a common aim of returning them to their former glory for the benefit of the city’s inhabitants. The first work to be restored will be La Morte di Otello, a major work by 19th-century painter Pompeo Marino Molmenti.
Each restored work will feature in a temporary exhibition at the Maison’s Espace Louis Vuitton Venezia, opening on the occasion of the 55th Biennale Internazionale d’Arte. Espace Louis Vuitton Venezia is the first in Italy and only the sixth of its type in the world, after Paris, Tokyo, Hong-Kong, Taipei and Singapore. “Venice has always been special to the House,” says Michael Burke, President of Louis Vuitton. “With this Maison, we wanted to pay homage to Venetians and lovers of the city by offering them the most beautiful designs, as well as a space for art and culture wholly dedicated to them.”
Each exhibition of restored works of the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia will engage in a dialogue between part and present times. A wellknown artist will be given free rein by the House to play this game of mirrors. This partnership is about creating links between the art of yesterday and today, reflecting Louis Vuitton’s core philosophy: preserve, pass on and bring alive a heritage that is always looking to the future.
“It’s an original approach, because it allows us to take Venice’s art and history out of museum venues and towards a different audiences to create a cross-generational, multicultural dialogue that should be extremely fertile”, says Gabriella Belli, Director of the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia. “This all adds greatly to the standing of our museums and heritage.”