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Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation in Venice Italy

The Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation in San Marco and Dorsoduro in Venice: history, opening hours, contacts, cost and purchase of tickets, useful information for the visit.

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Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation Venice Italy Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation - Fondamenta di Rio San Barnaba, Dorsoduro 2826 - Venice

The Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation promotes contemporary art in Venice from the date of its opening, December 5, 1899.

Bevilacqua La Masa is currently operating in two main offices in the city that are also important exhibition centers: the Galleria di Piazza San Marco and Palazzetto Tito in San Barnaba, which is also the operational center.

The two locations, and especially the headquarters of Piazza San Marco, are the protagonists of the cultural life of the city proposing, together with the other Civic Museums of Venice, a calendar of contemporary art exhibitions by Italian and world artists.
Among the international artists who exhibited in Venice are Richard Hamilton, Kim Sooja, Yoko Ono, William Kentridge, Karen Kilimnik, Sebastiao Salgado, Marlene Dumas, Alex Katz, Thomas Ruff, Philip Lorca of Corcia, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Lucy Orta, Axel Hutte, Peter Doig, Lucy McKenzie, Enzo Fiore.

1999 was the year of the centenary of Bevilacqua la Masa, the Foundation founded by the will of the Duchess Felicita who at the end of the nineteenth century allocated her possessions to the City of Venice provided that the young artists of the Triveneto were supported. The seat for the artists was Palazzo Ca' Pesaro on the Grand Canal.

Today the tradition continues and the Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa is the only Italian public institution that offers 12 ateliers for a year to 12 artists, who have distinguished themselves in the field of visual arts (painting, performance, video art, relational art, installations, photography ). The ateliers are located in Palazzo Carminati in San Stae and in the complex of Saints Cosma and Damiano in the Giudecca Island.


To mark the history of Bevilacqua la Masa is therefore 1899, the year in which the duchess made the Foundation autonomous through the donation of all her possessions, including real estate including the majestic Palazzo Ca 'Pesaro on the Grand Canal, with clear instructions testamentary to their future management. And that is to help and support the "young artists who are often forbidden to enter large exhibitions". Thus Ca' Pesaro turned into a huge atelier of artists in need of a space to work and exhibit; these include Boccioni, Casorati, Semeghini, Gino Rossi and Arturo Martini.

The buildings were divided between exhibition spaces for young artists and housing for those who were still unknown to find a "shelter" where they could live and work in the apartments of Palazzo Pesaro. A tradition that continues until today, signaling the most significant and emerging artistic figures. Later the Fondazioen Bevilacqua La Masa moved first to the Lido and later to Piazza San Marco where it still has its main exhibition site.

The futuristic interest of the Foundation for photography, design and graphics, testify to the subtle intelligence and critical intuition of the Duchess, who thus created an informal exhibition moment, an alternative to the more complex system of the Biennale.

Currently the Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa operates in two locations that are both exhibition centers: the Galleria di Piazza San Marco and Palazzetto Tito in San Barnaba, which is also the operational center.

How to reach the Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation

San Marco Seat: by vaporetto take line 1 or 2 with San Marco stop.
The Foundation is located at the entrance to Piazza San Marco opposite the Corrres Museum entrance.

Palazzetto Tito Seat: by vaporetto take line 1 with the Ca' Rezzonico stop. Walk towards Campo San Barnaba for 200 meters and go diagonally towards the canal where the Fondamenta Rio San Barnaba begins. Palazzetto Tito is located along the shore, marked by a fuchsia banner.

Hours: variable depending on the event.
Tickets: variable depending on the event.
Telephone: +39.041.5207797
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa

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