The Musei Civici Foundation has been keen on presenting, in Venice, an exhibition dedicated to Mademoiselle Chanel. Her itinerary is, indeed, one of the most fascinating of the 20th century, interwoven as it is with the most significant cultural events of the modern time, with some unexpected convergences. The exhibition, cleverly conceived by Jean-Louis Froment, is intimately linked to the creative world of the great French designer, here analysed from the unprecedented angle of her sources of inspiration: poetry, art and literature. The vision stemming from this approach is of remarkable quality and stir. The eyes of Coco Chanel as they lay on the pages of a book or the canvas of a friend painter, provide us with an original, new and sometimes surprising outlook on the early 20th century history.
Director Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia
Built for the Pesaro family in the second half of the 17th century by the architect Baldassarre Longhena (who was also the architect of the church of the Salute and of Ca' Rezzonico), this typical Venetian palace was completed in 1710 by Gian Antonio Gaspari after Longhena’s death in 1682.
The Ca' Pesaro had several attributions and owners until it was purchased by the Bevilacqua family. The property owned by the Duchess Felicita Bevilacqua la Masa, a collector and patron, was donated by her to the city of Venice in 1898 provided that it was used to promote the artists of her time.
In 1902, the Ca' Pesaro became the National Modern Art Museum, housing the city of Venice’s modern art collections, which are continually enriched with acquisitions and donations. In addition to its permanent collection, the museum organizes regular temporary exhibitions.
Its third floor houses the Oriental Art Museum of Venice.