An “off fair” in Venice. Three Venetia...

An “off fair” in Venice. Three Venetian galleries exhibit the works destined for ArtVerona 2020

Moved to December and finally postponed to 2021, the appointment with the ArtVerona fair is also missing. In Veneto, a region that remains “yellow zone”, the Venetian galleries Marina Bastianello Gallery, Marignana Arte and Galleria Michela Rizzo team up and do not renounce to show the public and the closest collectors the works that they should have presented at the Verona fair.

Thus was born the exhibition project “Together we stand!”, a reaction to the numerous cancellations of the fairs that marked this unhappy year. The “flesh and blood” initiative – which brings with it that now no longer predictable set of emotions that art can give when enjoyed live – will remain visible until 9 January 2021 in the spaces of Michela Rizzo Gallery on the Giudecca Island.

More than a real collective exhibition, behind the initiative there is the decision to allocate spaces to exhibit to the artists of each gallery in an equal way, as it would happen for normal exhibition stands: “we raffled off the walls”, Michela Rizzo says amused during the press conference; however, it is important to emphasize, there was no lack of attention to the consecutive dialogue between the works of the different galleries, which they sometimes share in the same room.

Among the artists on display, Marignana Arte presents Giuseppe Adamo, Maurizio Donzelli, Serena Fineschi, Nancy Genn, Silvia Infranco, Giulio Malinverni, Quayola and Verónica Vázquez. Marina Bastianello Gallery exhibits the works of Matteo Attruia, Antonio Guiotto, Penzo + Fiore and Paolo Pretolani. Finally, Galleria Michela Rizzo exhibits the works by Alessandro Biggio, Lucio Pozzi, Silvano Tessarollo and Sophie Westerlind.

In this delicate historical phase, sharing one’s exhibition venue with those who are ultimately potential competitors is certainly a generous gesture on the part of the gallery owner Rizzo, but the initiative, moreover – comments the latter, in agreement with the other architects of the project, Marina Bastianello and Matilde Cadenti of Marignana Arte – is fully consistent with the spirit with which “Venice Galleries View” came to life, an extraordinary reality in the Italian artistic panorama of which the 3 are part.

Bringing together 9 of the most interesting galleries in Venice and Mestre, all with a female direction, the network was created with the aim of enhancing and supporting contemporary art in the area and enriching the cultural offer of Venice through coordinated inaugurations of exhibitions and shared initiatives.


Together we stand!
30.11.2020 – 09.01.2021
With artists from Marignana Arte, Marina Bastianello Gallery and Galleria Michela Rizzo
Monday- Friday, 11.00-18.00
Galleria Michela Rizzo
Isola della Giudecca 800 Q, 30133 Venezia

Matteo Attruia, Io Abito, 2015, coperta isotermica, 80 x 160 x 12 cm, courtesy l’artista e Marina Bastianello Gallery

Giulio Malinverni, Waterproof city, 2018, Courtesy Marignana Arte

Together We Stand, installation view, Alessandro Biggio, 2020 courtesy Galleria Michela Rizzo


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