AROUND KLIMT. Giuditta, heroism and seduction
Venice: If any great artist is tuned to our online scrutinies it’s Gustav Klimt. How we missed a great combination of artist and venue remains a mystery. Albeit a bit tardy the following outlines a great opportunity to those privileged to visit Venice in the near future.
The Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia has inaugurated the first in a series of fascinating events dedicated to modern and contemporary art at the Centro Culturale Candiani of Mestre which, under the title of ‘Corto Circuito. A dialogue between the centuries’, will from time to time present exhibitions that will add to the rich heritage of the City of Venice.
The project has been strongly backed by the Mayor of Venice, Luigi Brugnaro, with the intention of offering citizens a high-quality cultural programme able to call into play the extraordinary heritage preserved in the Civic Museums belonging to the entire territory of Venice, the lagoon and the mainland.
Through the important exhibition initiatives that will be succeeding each other in the coming months, the close link that unites the metropolitan territory will once again be highlighted.
The cycle of exhibitions, designed specifically for the Centro Culturale Candiani by Gabriella Belli, Director of the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, opens to the public on 14 December, 2016 with the exhibition entitled ‘Around Klimt. Giuditta, heroism and seduction’, which will run until 5 March, 2017.
The exhibition, whose layout has been designed by Pier Luigi Pizzi, architect and set designer of international renown, is centred on one of the most fascinating myths of the Biblical tradition: the story of ‘Judith’. The centrepiece of the exhibition, which features more than eighty works from the collections of the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia (Ca’ Pesaro – Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna, Museo Correr, Ca’ Rezzonico – Museo del Settecento Veneziano, Museo Fortuny, Museo di Palazzo Mocenigo), from other museums like the Mart, Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto and from various national and international private collections, is Gustav Klimt’s masterpiece, Giuditta II (Salomè), lent for the occasion by Ca’ Pesaro.
Around this powerful twentieth-century icon, made by the great Viennese artist in 1909, presented at the Venice Biennale in 1910 and acquired the same year by the Municipality of Venice for Ca’ Pesaro – a work that literally ‘bewitches’ for its sensual charge and evocative Byzantine touches – the exhibition will offer a series of ancient and contemporary suggestions, presenting the figure of Judith in a biblical context and her fortune in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and also how she was interpreted in nineteenth-century Symbolism and in the climate of the Viennese Secession, and so up to the interpretation of the myth that the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, gave in 1917 in The taboo of virginity.”