Chiesetta della Misericordia
Campo de l'Abazia
In 1935, in Paris, Jacques Prévert, Yves Tanguy and other surrealists developed an intellectual game: writing a word on a folded sheet of paper, one after the other, without knowing the previous word. The result came to light only by opening the sheet. Here was the first sentence of this game: “Le cadavre – exquis – boira – le – vin – nouveau” (“The corpse – exquisite – will drink – the wine – new”).
The surrealist movement, which advocated creations and expressions beyond the control of reason, dreamed of exploring the Freudian unconscious and, in painting, of bringing out images in a random way.
In homage to the City of the Doges, to random encounters and to colour lovers, the exhibition presents a fusion between dream and reality through a set of works that offer the visitors different possibilities of interpretation.
The magnificent Misericordia Church will be the showcase of a plastic path and will offer to everyone, expert eyes and not, an original scenography all in suspension.
A bit like a man who, walking with a serious step, meets the love of his life on the corner of a street. Nothing and no one could have foreseen this. Who smiled first? Who then got lost in the soft and tender gaze? It doesn’t matter! The street corner, the imaginary line that separates the pages to be written, now unfolds and develops flat, stretched out, naked like a worm, like kisses of love.
And Venice is the lagoon city of chance encounters, of solitary pages that expand under the blue sky or the ochre of high water mists.
In Venice, there are always encounters. Strange encounters like automatic writing and the assembly of juxtaposed works. The whole thing is as beautiful as a chance encounter… but on closer inspection, each work tells something to the person next door, whispers in his ear, confides like gossip to the person next door.
The result is beautiful encounters like “the chance encounter on a dissecting table of a sewing machine and an umbrella” (Comte de Lautréamont, alias Isidore Ducasse).
June 24th 2021 – July 16th 2021, 11 AM – 6 PM
Chiesetta della Misericordia, Campo dell’Abbazia, Venezia