|Water door of Palazzo delle Zattere - Photo: Cat Bauer|
Personally, I think it's refreshing, and can get lost in there for hours. With all the drama about Russia influencing everything in the world today, visiting the V-A-C Foundation is an opportunity to see with your own eyes how the institution chooses to present itself, and draw your own conclusions.
Last year, V-A-C arrived with a flourish at their Venice headquarters inside Palazzo delle Zattere, which had been restored by Venetian architect Alessandro Pedron, turning the 19th century palace into a space for exhibitions, events and residencies. The palace faces an impressive view of the Giudecca Canal, and now the garden in the back has been transformed into a very cool eatery called "sudest 1401," enhanced by a new installation entitled "Laguna Viva."
|Sudest 1401 - Photo: Cat Bauer|
Sudest 1401 features traditional regional dishes from the Balkans, the Middle East and Sicily, and honestly, I am reluctant to tell you about it for fear that it will become too crowded. The menu "narrates the geographical and cultural journey undertaken by migrants on their way to Italy." It is open every day from 8am to 11pm, and has indoor seating at the rear of Palazzo delle Zattere, as well as outdoor tables in the peaceful garden -- which brings us to Laguna Viva.
|Giles Smith & Jane da Mosto of Laguna Viva - Photo: Cat Bauer|
You can read more about the project at Slow Words.
And now for the main show, THE EXPLORERS, PART ONE.
|Rite of Spring from Marlinsky Theatre clip - Photo: Cat Bauer|
Nijinsky's original choreography was forgotten by 1920, and was only reconstructed by Millicent Hodson in 1987. It is that choreography performed by the Marlinsky Orchestra and Ballet in 2007 that you can see inside Palazzo della Zattere. I must have watched the two climaxes -- Dance of the Earth in Part 1 and Sacrificial Dance of the Chosen One in Part 2 about four or five times -- I was reading Igor Stravinsky by Jonathan Cross in the next room under the wry eye of Andy Warhol's Cow, and dashed over to see the film when the pounding music compelled me to put the book down. Can you imagine such an environment? It was paradise!
|Cow by Andy Warhol (1966) - Photo: Cat Bauer|
And it appears that the V-A-C Collection has a lot of treasures to explore. Yiadom-Boakye's theme is "nature -- natural and unnatural," which is where the Rite of Spring and Cow come in, as well as plenty of other goodies. Within that installation is another video that riveted me, the Estonian artist Jaan Toomik's Dancing with Dad. Toomik lost his father at the age of nine. As an adult, he visits his father's grave inside an Estonian forest, and lets loose to the wild wail of Voodoo Child by Jimi Hendrix. I was moved to tears.
|Dancing with Dad by Jaan Toomik (2003) - Photo of video clip by Cat Bauer|
|Study for a Portrait by Francis Bacon (1953) - Photo: Cat Bauer|
THE EXPLORERS, PART ONE runs through October 22, 2018. Go to the V-A-C Foundation for more information.
Ciao from Venezia,
Venetian Cat - The Venice Blog