The sun always shines along the Zattere. A stroll from end to end of this fondamenta along the Giudecca Canal will reveal many an interesting spot. One of my favorites is the Fondazione Vedova. Brilliant and controversial Venetian modern master, Emilio Vedova has a foundation on the spot of his former studio along the Magazzini del Sale.
A painter’s painter, Vedova’s big, brushy, ballsy, expressive, often round, dark marks hang all over la Serenissima in private palaces, restaurants and museums. In my barmaid days, just behind the Rialto pescheria (fish market) I had the great privilege of serving il maestro a single glass of wine…un’ ombre in the Venetian style. A memorable occasion for a painter such as myself.
Vedova and his wife Annabianca created the foundation before the painter’s death. Thus, the artist himself chose his board of directors and developed the aim of the foundation. Which is to conserve his work while continuing the promotion, research and exploration of the elements of “painting, space, time, history”.
The acclaimed architect Renzo Piano designed an amazing conveyer belt, “cage like” system to house and display Vedova’s paintings. Exhibition dependent, but when in use I recommend arriving for a visit at opening or near closing time so you can enjoy the passage of paintings rolling in or out one by one, until each is installed in its assigned space.
The Foundation hosts international exhibitions inviting artists to dialog with Vedova’s mighty masterpieces.