From Venice to Mestre, three places and three exhibitions to discover

Art in Venice and Mestre, three values, three different opportunities to experience the city through its events and… the beauty of art.


… Art is the idea we have of beauty which speaks to the senses and to emotions.

The artist is the person who possesses a sense of beauty and is able to create a work of art.

Thus, French Swiss entrepreneur, curator, philanthropist, art collector and artist Didier Guillon, President and Artistic Director of the Valmont Group, has interpreted his vision of the art world and thus, has he chosen Venice, the city which perhaps most interprets the ideal of art and beauty.

Here, just a short walk from the famed Ca’Pesaro museum, he has created the Fondation Valmont headquarters at Palazzo Bonvicini, an ancient building located within the labyrinthine charm of the San Polo district, dedicated to its own collection but, particularly, to the promotion of contemporary art and to the support of young artists.

Here, Didier Guillon, together with his son Maxence with whom he shares the same passion, presents his showcase projects. The latest one deals with the complex theme of the Ego – hence the title of the exhibition visible today – interpreted by four artists who have taken their cue from the eternal, fragile beauty of Venice.

Here then are Carles Valverde in “Composition of two modular elements” where the notion of ego is meant as the individuality of the term society; Didier Guillon with the installation named “L’Homme Pensant”, made up of ten sculptures representing the busts of yelling men; Vangelis Kyris and Anatoli Georgiev with their photographic research named “Clothing, a Soul Robe”.


Regardless of technology which plays a significant role today in bringing people together through art, international art exhibitions remain a beacon helping to bring about a shared vision for a better world, fuelling hopes and inspiration for the future.

Here then is an exhibition in the venues at Palazzo Albrizzi Capello, an elegant Venetian dwelling in the Cannaregio district, bringing together a group of international artists, thus celebrating the power of art in connecting people across space, time and cultures.

Thanks to an accurate selection of works by artists from various countries around the world, this exhibition demonstrates the unique ability of art to transcend language barriers and to bring people together in a shared appreciation of beauty and creativity.

The exhibition, presented for the occasion of the Architecture Biennale, was created after an idea by Marianna Gnedzilova, thanks to the active collaboration between the Italo-German Cultural Association in Venice directed by Nevia Pizzul Capello, Skopje Osten Art directed by Kornelija Koneska; OKXSA Projects (European Association for Interaction and Cooperation in the Field of Education, Culture and Sport) directed by Oksana Zhudina Bogo, Alexander Filippov’s Moscow SNEG Gallery.


The Venetian artists included in History of Art pages are many. Among the ones dedicated to the Twentieth century, is painter and engraver Emilio Vedova, but also an intellectual, a partisan and… a revolutionary. Revolutionary in always stating his thoughts clearly, and for his way of “making” art, meant as a civil commitment.

Here then is “Vedova Revolution”, a major exhibition conceived and planned by the Emilio e Annabianca Vedova Foundation and co-produced with M9 – 1900s Museum in Mestre, recounting this great artist’s point of view by confronting visitors with “hot” chapters in recent history, from the rubble of the Second World War to events in international politics which shocked the world in the Sixties, Seventies right up to the Twenty-first century. One hundred and thirty works are featured, between installations and hanging artworks which will not fail to amaze the public due to their explosive expressive force and astonishing contemporaneity.

The exhibition circuit is presented along two levels of interpretation: “On the one hand – explains curator Gabriella Belli – painting is the protagonist, with the giant format of the artworks, the powerful strokes, the strength of matter and colour, on the other, the historical account, with about a dozen works arranged in a chronological sequence, like lay Stations of the cross, on the white walls of the room’s perimeter”.

The places and the exhibitions