Programme 2017


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2017, the year of the 57th Venice Biennale of the visual arts, sees the Fondazione
Musei Civici di Venezia strongly committed to an exhibition programme with a deliberately contemporary focus.

This will not only enable us to interact with those in Venice involved at an international level in this particular field, but also be of benefit to our museums, which have no desire to be mere repositories of historical memory, but have to respond to the present day with proposals, initiatives and dialogues that valorise all the many voices, including the most “institutional” voice of contemporary art in Venice: the Civic Museums. Therefore, in the exhibition programme for 2017, the main section is dedicated to initiatives that cultivate critical investigation and explore the most current expressions of contemporary artistic research, a programme comprising original projects that for first time bring to Venice world-renowned artists such as David Hockney, perhaps the most important living figurative artist and so a feather in the cap of our Foundation.

It is a programme built in partnership with some of the most dynamic international contemporary art museums, such as the LACMA in Los Angeles, the Bilbao Guggenheim, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the London’s Royal Academy and the Phillips Collection in Washington, all institutions with which the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia has established close ties since 2013. The MUVE Contemporaneo project, now in its third year, will involve even the “historical” establishments of Palazzo Mocenigo, Ca’ Rezzonico and Museo Correr.

However, one of its major components will be based at Centro Candiani in Mestre, the natural mainland counterpart for what will be taking place at Ca’ Pesaro – Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna.


Mariacristina Gribaudi
President, Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia
Gabriella Belli
Director, Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia