MUVE Contemporaneo 2022

With Anselm Kiefer at the Palazzo Ducale and Afro Basaldella and Raqib Shaw at the Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna at Ca’ Pesaro, the Fondazione MUVE’s fifth contemporary art programme once again links contemporary art to museums and their collections in the lagoon and on the mainland.




Silicon Dioxide
Glass Museum in Murano
3 December 2021 – 16 October 2022

Questi scritti, quando verranno bruciati, daranno finalmente un po’ di luce
(Andrea Emo)
Doge’s Palace, Sala dello Scrutinio
26 March – 29 October 2022

AFRO 1950-1970
Dall’Italia all’America e ritorno / From Italy to America and Back
Ca’ Pesaro – International Gallery of Modern Art
21 April – 23 October 2022

Museum of Mocenigo Palace
21 April – 27 November 2022

Palazzo della Memoria
Ca’ Pesaro – International Gallery of Modern Art
22 April – 25 September 2022

Between space and dimension
Ca’ Pesaro – International Gallery of Modern Art
22 April – 23 October 2022

Correr Museum, Sala delle Quattro Porte
23 April – 06 November 2022

Punto, linea e superficie
Centro Culturale Candiani, Mestre
30 September 2022 – 21 February 2023



With Anselm Kiefer contemporary art will be coming to the Palazzo Ducale, with an exhibition that is set to be the centrepiece of the fifth edition of MUVE Contemporaneo, the biennale organized by the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia and the key concern of which is to reflect on the relationship between contemporary art and museums. The series of paintings produced by Anselm Kiefer specially for the Palazzo Ducale in 2020 and 2021 are arranged in the space and magnificent setting of the Sala dello Scrutinio, engaging closely with the thirty-three monumental paintings on the ceiling and with the heroic values expressed by the palace’s entire decorative scheme. The show underlines the role of contemporary art in reflecting on universal themes, transcending Venice and opening up to current philosophical perspectives.

For MUVE Contemporaneo the International Gallery of Modern Art at Ca’ Pesaro is hosting Afro 1950-1970 Dall’Italia all’America e ritorno/ From Italy to America and Back, rediscovering one of the leading exponents of Italian painting in the second half of the 20th century. America was a great testing ground for Afro Basaldella and gave him the opportunity to meet members of the New York school, including Pollock, De Kooning and Gorky. With forty-five masterpieces arriving from collections and museums around the world, the show pays homage to an artist who is also well represented in the collections of Ca’ Pesaro. It explores the relationship that developed in the 50s between Italian art and American abstract expressionism and action painting. The show is a joint collaboration with the Fondazione Archivio Afro.

Also at the Ca’ Pesaro – International Gallery of Modern Art, in the Dom Perignon rooms, MUVE Contemporaneo presents Raqib Shaw. Palazzo della Memoria, featuring works by the artist Raqib Shaw, who comes from the Indian region of Kashmir but lives in London, in a show curated by Norman Rosenthal. Shaw’s works are arranged in a sitespecific project, making luminous references to the Italian and Venetian pictorial tradition and drawing inspiration from Tintoretto, Giorgione, Pannini and others.

Finally Ca’ Pesaro will host Bice Lazzari. Between space and dimension, a small but precious recognition of Bice Lazzari’s work, during the transition from the Informel to Abstract minimalism between late 1960s and the end of the 1970s.

Devoted to Palazzo Mocenigo’s vocation for and interest in perfume, Es-senze presents a group of artists who have risen to prominence since the start of the new millennium: a generation of artists who are important members of the international creative scene and who have drawn inspiration for their work from perfume and the sense of smell; artists who differ in culture and idiom but share a perspective that prompts them to explore, each in their own way, an alternative creative dimension to the usual ones. The artists in the show are Mircea Cantor, Mateusz Chorobski, Jason Dodge, Bruna Esposito, Eva Marisaldi, Florian Mermin, Giuseppe Penone, Paola Pivi, Namsal Siedlecki, Achraf Touloub, Nico Vascellari and Luca Vitone.

Museo Correr will host Huong Dodinh’s first time in Italy exhibition, Ascension. The artist’s work will be displayed in the “Sala delle Quattro Porte” (The Room of Four Doors).
Ascension is a site specific work. The artist conceived and designed a series of works specifically created for the event. The art installation is composed of fourteen paintings, each 3 meters high, placed in order to recreate a triangle that surrounds the wooden sculpture of the Madonna della Misericordia, a wood sculpture from the XV century. The artist invites the audience into the heart of fourteen elongated and tapered panels on display, taking the form of a candle which leads to a mystical atmosphere hovering in the Room of Four Doors.

In the Glass Museum in Murano, the current exhibition Silicon Dioxide retraces the most significant stages of the English sculptor Tony Cragg‘s carrer, starting with his assemblages, historical works of large dimensions. Next to these important masterpieces from the past are exhibited a variety of more recent works reproducing Cragg’s new curiosity for the various effects of colored glass and reflecting, the research path undertaken by the artist in the last years on the concept of the fluidity of glass. The exhibition, enriched by a series of drawings, prints and watercolors, is curated by Berengo Studio in collaboration with Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia.

Arriving from the collections of the Ca’ Pesaro – International Gallery of Modern Art are the works in the exhibition at the Centro Culturale Candiani in Mestre. Entitled Punto, linea e superficie. Kandinsky e le avanguardie, the show looks back through the contemporary period to the origins of abstraction. The extraordinary course of art in the 20th century is recounted by flanking the Russian artist with works by Paul Klee, Lyonel Feininger, Enrico Prampolini, Luigi Veronesi, Alexander Calder, Joan Miró, Antoni Tàpies, Max Ernst, Jean Arp, Karel Appel, Mario Deluigi, Ben Nicholson, Tancredi, Mark Tobey and Emilio Vedova, with a section featuring sculptures by Mirko Basaldella, Eduardo Chillida, Bruno De Toffoli, Julia Mangold, Luciano Minguzzi and Richard Nonas. The show is currently running at the Galleria Comunale d’Arte Contemporanea in Monfalcone.


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