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Venice Design Biennial: Design As Self-Portrait.

In its third edition, Venice Design Biennial opens to the public from 20 May to 27 June 2021. The exhibitions continue to weave the relationship between contemporary design and some evocative places in Venice in parallel with the Architecture Biennale.


The curatorial theme of this edition, proposed by the curators and founders of the project, Luca Berta and Francesca Giubilei, is Design As Self-Portrait. The idea is to investigate what design represents for each of us as individuals, and at the same time, how we define ourselves through it, through objects, spaces, experiences.


Design As Self-Portrait

The collective exhibition Design As Self-Portrait presents the works of over 30 international designers in two exhibition venues: SPARC* – Spazio Arte Contemporanea, in Campo Santo Stefano, and SPUMA – Space for the Arts, an evocative space of industrial archaeology (old Dreher brewery) in Giudecca.

The exhibition investigates the increasingly important role that design plays in what we choose to communicate our identity, in the permanent swing between use and representation, reality and virtuality.

Designers on show: Alessandro Iovine, Anna Aagaard Jensen for Functional Art Gallery, Anna Jožová for UMPRUM, Ariane Shirvani, Arik Levy for Vibia and Citco, Audrey Large for Nilufar Gallery, Bert Loeschner, Duccio Maria Gambi, Elisa Ossino for Amini, Arte 9 Milano, De Castelli, Officine Saffi, Salvatori, Estudio Campana for Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Edra and Friedman Benda, Eva Moosbrugger, Francesco Maria Messina, Jimmie Durham and Maria Thereza Alves for LABINAC, Konstantin Achkov, Lex Pott and David Derksen for Transnatural Art & Designer, Ludovica + Roberto Palomba, Antonia Astori and Nicola De Ponti for Tubes, Michal Cole for Knots Rugs, Mohamed Hamden Tarek, Moure/Studio, OrtaMiklos for Functional Art Gallery, Pablo Reinoso, Rita GT, Rollo DC Bryant, Tadeas Podracky, Tobia Zambotti, Touche-Touche for Everyday Gallery, Victoria Wilmotte, Zieta Prozessdesign.


In this context, the young Czech designer Tadeas Podracky, winner of the first edition of the Venice Design Biennial Residency 2020, exhibit his new series of works, the result of the Venetian experience in contact with the local artisan tradition of Berta Battiloro and Ongaro and Fuga Specchi Veneziani.

Past Forward. Designers from the Land of Venice

Past Forward. Designers from the Land of Venice at the Archaeological Museum of Venice, in Piazza San Marco. Seventeen designers who live and work today in Venice and its territory are combined with the masterpieces of ancient art.

Designers on show: AUT, Barbara Schweizer, Gaetano Di Gregorio, João Lacerda Moreira, JoeVelluto Design for Teraplast e W-Eye, Kanz, Lorenzo Mason with Grafiche Veneziane, Lorenzo Truant for Phanes, Luca Nichetto for La Manufacture, Lucia Massari for Swing Design Gallery, Marco Zito for Saba and LYM, Massimo Barbierato, Matteo Cibic for Seeds, Matteo Zorzenoni for Nason Moretti, Omri Revesz for Riva 1920 and Cimento, Zanellato / Bortotto for CC-Tapis and De Castelli, Zaven for Galleria Luisa Delle Piane.

A Self-Portrait in Design by Pretziada

A Self-Portrait in Design is an exhibition curated by the duo Pretziada, housed in the ancient “Oratorio dei Crociferi”, where the magnificent late Renaissance pictorial cycle by Palma il Giovane frames the pieces created in collaboration with Sardinian workshops and international creatives. Unpublished works produced in the last year lived between distancing and concentration, from the insular point of view of the land of Sardinia.

On show projects by Chiara Andreatti + Pierpaolo Mandis, Maria Paola Piras, Studiopepe + Karmine Piras for Pretziada.

Venezia – Oratorio dei Crociferi – Ciclo pittorico di Jacopo Palma il Giovane – Il piccolo portale di ingresso

Walking on Water

Walking on water is the performance and installation project of the English fashion designer Jo Cope, created in collaboration with the Piedàterre shoe brand, a specialist in “furlane”. The original velvet shoes from Venice have spread worldwide. The T Fondaco dei Tedeschi terrace, a breath-taking stage jutting out over the water of the Grand Canal, will be the place where the project comes to life, combining the choreographed movements of four dancers, the ancient gestures of a shoe craftswoman and the powerful voice of soprano Lieta Naccari.

Find out more about the Venice Design Biennial HERE.

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