Around Klimt. Judith, heroism and seduction

Project curated by Gabriella Belli, Director of the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia


As of December 2016, the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia will be inaugurating a series of cultural initiatives to activate a permanent laboratory of modern and contemporary art at the Centro Candiani in Mestre.
The project aims to promote knowledge and exchange concerning the rich heritage of the City of Venice, preserved in the collections of the Fondazione, with the city of Mestre and the metropolitan area. This desire for cross-fertilisation has given rise to Cortocircuito. Dialogo tra i secoli (Short circuit. Dialogue between the centuries), which aims to propose fresh dialogues between past and present, but above all visual and emotional ‘short circuits’.

The first exhibition is dedicated to the legend of Judith, from the figurative tradition to the most advanced interpretations of the twentieth century. The exhibition centre will be the masterpiece conserved at the Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna di Ca' Pesaro, Judith II by Gustav Klimt. Over eighty works will revolve around this powerful icon of the twentieth century in 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. The transition from a femme fatale to twentieth-century demon  will also be evident in the film section, as expressed in the video entitled Judith: metamorphoses on screen, made using extracts showing the most famous silver-screen women of the first two decades of the last century.
Cortocircuito will continue in April with a new appointment (Io sono un santo (I am a saint), Mestre Centro Candiani, 14 April- 4 June, 2017), dedicated to the Titian masterpiece of The Annunciation, 1522, which will be compared and contrasted with Lucio Fontana’s extraordinary epiphany of matter and sign.

Between January and March, there will be a series of meetings with certain topics: the first appointment is scheduled for Friday, 27th January at 6pm with Vittorio Pajusco, appearing directly from the Ca' Foscari University of Venice. Pajusco will speak about Klimit and his followers in Venice  (“Klimt e i Klimtiani a Venezia”). The topic to be examined, will start with the two big Gustav Klimt exhibitions in Italy, between 1910 and 1911, and talk about the Austrian artist's decisive influence on many Italian artists and in particular, how the young Venetian painters and sculptors that met regularly at the Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation exhibitions were sensitive to the style of the German secession movements in which Klimt played a fundamental part.
Then, there will be two other appointments at 6pm on other days, i.e. Wednesday, 22nd February with Gabriella Belli speaking about Apollonian and Dionysian in Klimit's allegoric paintings (“Apollineo e dionisiaco nella pittura allegorica di Gustav Klimt”); and Friday, 3rd March with Flavio Caroli - “il museo dei capricci.”

Repeats every week every Tuesday and every Wednesday and every Thursday and every Friday and every Saturday and every Sunday until Sun Mar 05 2017 .
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
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Paid admission

Candiani Cultural Centre from December 14 2016 to March 5 2017

Opening hours 10 am - 7 pm
Ticketoffice closed at 6.30 pm
Closed on Monday
Special Opening
Friday, Saturday and Sunday until January 8 2017 included 10 am - 10 pm
December 25 and January 1 4 pm - 10 pm
December 26 10 am - 7 pm

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Free guided tours every Wednesday at 10.30 am and every weekend at 3.30 pm
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