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The 2019 Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia exhibition programme maintains its established tradition by presenting ancient and contemporary art and artists.
Antonio Canal, known as Canaletto, will be the centrepiece of the Palazzo Ducale programme this year, following the important exhibition dedicated to Tintoretto in 2018, which welcomed a total over 130,000 visitors and is now on at the National Gallery in Washington. The Canaletto exhibition will display a surprising number of masterpieces of technical virtuosity and skilled use of early technologies by the great landscape painter, renowned for his large, luminous portrayals of Venice. Canaletto’s work will be accompanied by that of all the other great Venetian painters: Tiepolo, Guardi, Bellotto, Ricci, Longhi and others, in an exhibition that includes the decorative arts, a hallmark of the golden century that marked the decline of the Serenissima but left the world of art an incalculable legacy. Canaletto & Venezia, the result of a collaboration between the Grand Palais, Paris, and exceptional loans from the world’s major museums, powerfully reaffirms the value of the enormous heritage held by the Foundation, and in particular Ca’ Rezzonico Museo del Settecento Veneziano.
Again at Palazzo Ducale, the year will close with the large exhibition I Fiamminghi e Venezia. La nascita del Barocco di Anversa, a series of extraordinary works from Antwerp’s public museum collections and examples of the reciprocal influence between Flemish and Venetian painting. Among the masterpieces shown for the first time in Italy are Titian’s great Pala Pesaro, Van Dyck’s Lamentation over the Dead Christ and works by Rubens and Jacob Jordaens.

This is also the year of the Art Biennale, and it is within this context that the major retrospective dedicated to Arshile Gorky finds its place. This first Italian exhibition of Gorky’s work opens in May at Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna – Ca’ Pesaro as part of MUVE Contemporaneo, a programme of events and exhibitions now in its fourth edition.
2019 is also the year that will see the continued strengthening of the MUVE Outdoor project and the presence of the Foundation on the mainland, with exhibitions at the Centro Culturale Candiani in Mestre and at Forte Marghera. These venues will also host two further exhibitions, one dedicated to the history of fishing in the lagoon and the other to the theme of water and the sea of Venice using contemporary languages of art, in synergy with the Venice Boat Show scheduled for June at the Arsenal.