fascination and myth

03/06/2020 – 07/19/2020

For centuries, Venice has had a very special attraction for travelers and artists from all over the world. More than 30 million tourists come to Venice every year to be enchanted by the city’s magnificent churches and palaces, meandering canals and rich cultural heritage. The messmer art gallery is showing from March 7th to June 21, 2020 in the theme show “Venice – Fascination and Myth” works by international artists who drew their inspiration from the fantastic lagoon city. In addition to historical cityscapes, the exhibition presents paintings, photos and objects by, among others, Hundertwasser, Salvador Dalí, Joe Tilsohn, Malte Sartorius, Max Peiffer-Watenphul and Horst Janssen. The focus of the wide-ranging exhibition is on modern art and contemporary art from the 20th and 21st century.

But the dangers that endanger the existence of the 1,500-year-old world heritage site are also addressed – such as the huge cruise ships or the increasingly frequent floods, as a result of which the city threatens to sink into the lagoon. A multimedia installation conveys the unique soundscape of the Serenissima to the visitor and virtually transports him to the lagoon city.

More information about the city of Venice

Venice is the origin and muse of countless unforgettable works of art history. With its canals connected to the sea and its 398 bridges in total, the lagoon city forms an inspiring backdrop. The golden age of painting began with the Renaissance and the Venetian school. The great masters Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese and later Tiepolo, Canaletto and William Turner testify to the great artistic past of a city that has always attracted artists of all kinds. Up until the 16th century, Venice was considered an important maritime and trading power. The wonderful magnificent architecture still bears witness to the former wealth of the Serenissima. Venice was the official capital of the Republic of Venice until 1797. With over 180,000 inhabitants, Venice was one of the largest cities in Europe. Today there are hardly any Venetian residents in the lagoon city and the city and economy are increasingly focusing on tourism. To this day, the lagoon city is a destination for painters from all over the world who are inspired and challenged by this magical place. An important, international major event in the art world is the Biennale di Venezia in particular.

Immerse yourself in the history and culture of this fascinating lagoon city!

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