Venice and Palazzo Fortuny celebrates in a unique exhibition the great woman who fascinated D’Annunzio and became the muse of the greatest artists of her time: the Marchesa Luisa Casati.
“The Divine Marchesa. Art and Life of Luisa Casati from Belle Époque to spree years
” is the first extraordinary exhibition dedicated entirely to Luisa Casati Stampa
, the woman who, at the beginning of the 20th century, through a exaggerated makeup, over-the-top performances and a transgressive lifestyle, transformed herself in a work of art, a living legend, an astonishing personification of modernity and avant-garde.
The exhibition, which has been conceived by Daniela Ferretti
, curated by Fabio Benzi
and Gioia Mori
, and coproduced by the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia
and 24 ORE Cultura – Gruppo 24 Ore
, presents more than 100 works, not only paintings but also drawings, jewels, sculptures and photographs from private collections and international museums. There’s no better place in Venice than Palazzo Fortuny to host this incredible event, representing one of the most significant places in the Divine Marchesa’s life. Here, Mariano Fortuny
, together with Paul Poiret
and Léon Backst
, clothed her eccentric life.
The exhibition path and the researches published for the first time in the catalogue (thanks to 24 ORE Cultura) don’t show just her freak and eccentric side. On the other hand, they reveal a more artistic aspect of her life, retracing the lively activity as collector.
Just to mention some of the artists on display, you will have the chance to admire Portrait of Marchesa Casati
by Léon Backst
(1912) from the Centre Pompidou, the portrait with peacock plumes realised by Giovanni Boldini
from the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna (GNAM) in Rome and two full-sized paintings by Alberto Martini
from a French private collection, which reminds his works representing Cesare Borgia (1925) and a wild archer (1927).
Moreover, the exhibition hosts the photo taken by Man Ray
that has spread around Europe becoming a surrealist icon, keeping growing a legend that will never die.
: 10am – 6pm
Closed on Monday
: 12€ full price