Museo Correr: Francesco Vezzoli „Musei delle Lacrime“

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Francesco Vezzoli‘s exhibition „Musei delle Lacrime“ (17.04 – 24.11.2024) at the Museo Correr in Venice, curated by Donatien Grau, bridges ancient art with contemporary imagery.

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Through video, performance, and embroidered portraits, Francesco Vezzoli intertwines classical and pop culture, as seen in his previous exhibitions in New York and Avignon. Experimenting with real archaeological sites, Vezzoli’s recent works, including site-specific sculptures in Florence, blend different artistic eras, exemplified by his hallmark juxtapositions.

„Musei delle Lacrime“ continues this discourse, placing Vezzoli’s works alongside masterpieces from the Museo Correr’s collection. The exhibition aims to present art history as dynamic and relevant, sparking reflection on identity, emotionality, and the experience of the past.

Paying homage to Venice’s artistic heritage, particularly Carlo Scarpa’s influence, the project celebrates tradition while embracing the present through aesthetic and linguistic overlaps.

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Francesco Vezzoli was born in 1971 in Brescia, Italy. He received his B.A. in 1995 from Central St. Martin’s School of Art, London. His work has been exhibited at many institutions including The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2002); Museo Contemporania Castello di Rivoli, Italy (2002); “Comizi di Non Amore (Non–Love Meetings),” Fondazione Prada, Milan (2004); Serralves Museum, Portugal (2005); Fondazione Cini, Italy (2005); Fondazione Prada, Italy (2005); Le Consortium, France (2006); Tate Modern, London (2006); The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2007); Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow (2010); Qatar Museums Authority, Doha (2013); MOCA, Los Angeles (2014); Museo Bardini, Museo di Casa Martelli and Museo Bellini, Florence (2014); MoMA PS1, New York (2014); Museo Museion, Italy (2016); and Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, Monaco (2016).

Vezzoli currently lives and works in Milan, Italy.

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