Akka Project Gallery Dubai
November 16, 2019
January 11, 2020

Venice goes to Dubai | Group exhibition

Akka Project Gallery Dubai

Venetian artistry showcased through works by Mauro Bonaventura and Davide Battistin

VIP reception by invitation only 15th November 2019

Exhibition will be open from: 16th of November until 11 January 2020

VCE goes to DBX is an exhibition that will open its doors on the 13th of November in Dubai and will mark the start of an active dialogue between the two cities, fostered and nurtured by Akka Project. This cultural exchange will happen biannually, bringing Venetian artistic scene to Dubai and vice versa, deepening the relationship and creating an intimate relationship between these two seemingly disparate places.    

The first instalment of this interchange will pay tribute and reveal the work of two renowned Venetian artists - glass sculptor Mauro Bonaventura and painter Davide Battistin. Despite coming from inherently different artistic backgrounds, their practices convey a similar temporal element, alluding to Venice’s prominent past as well as looking to bring these elements within a contemporary context.

Dubai and Venice could be seen as two cities placed in different points in time. Whereas Venice seems to be an artefact of a moment in the past, Dubai appears to be a glimpse of a future. And yet this contrasting quality between the two, allows for a dynamic exchange, in which these different temporalities intertwine through the placement of Bonaventura and Battistin’s works in an unfamiliar context.

Both artists are particularly dedicated to the study of light and colour play and its poetic quality, be it the way in which the light goes through the glass or the manner in which it reflects in the vivid brushstrokes, mimicking the lagoon. The fragility of the very materiality of Bonaventura’s works is somehow reflected intangibly, in the slipping moments that Battistin tries to capture. The themes explored by the two artists allude to liberation and fragility of the moment.

Different in the artistic nature and yet similar in the themes explored, the two artists will bring Venetian artistry and craftsmanship - be it Bonaventura’s glass lamp-working technique or Battistin’s paintings of the Venetian lagoon - to the shores of Dubai at Akka Project and it is not to be missed.

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