Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Intuition in the Palazzo Fortuny - Venice



Intuition has been a key guiding force in my life. The spark of hope, the air under my wings to take incredible risks, but also the fiery brush of warnings to be heeded. All mercurial.

As I have written, it is this not knowing but feeling that is deeply linked with my love for Venice. When I have absolutely no idea where I am going as I wander its canals, I listen for the voice inside that crisply orders, "Turn left." As nothing seems remotely "real," the whispers of my imagination are far more valued than reason as I Hansel and Gretel my way through a waking dream.

Such was my experience as I discovered the exhibition "Intuition" at the Palazzo Fortuny. And I literally stumbled upon it, its entrance barely marked along a small campo. Not knowing what was in store for me, I entered with my mind's eye open and was rewarded with what is most likely my very favorite presentation that I have seen anywhere in over thirty years of hunting art. And that means above the Picasso Late Works show at MoMa, the Lucian Freud retrospective at the Met, the controversial De Kooning, all of it. 

And why? Because of magic. I mean it.

But that implies that just as with its namesake, it is inexplicable. And so while I love to write about art, I can't here. You will hopefully just trust me along with the tears of mine that fell throughout my visit simply because I was so moved. As with all intuition, the beginning starts in darkness and so does the exhibition with a mysterious Basquiat standing as guardian before a forest of exceptionally rare menhir statues (largely found in France, these Neolithic creations are mans first large-scale representations of himself). 

Up from the depths that literally rise from a canal, we are transported into the instinctive worlds of creativity, rock crystal transmitters of dreams, romance and language before climbing up to the top floor where we are delivered into the light of a meditation room. There visitors are encouraged to make a clay ball and then sit in reflection on its weight and meaning. 

It is a transcendental path, finally. Perhaps that is why I was so moved; those rippling echoes reminded me of my own efforts and struggles too. And yet the imperfect beauty is overwhelming and ever-present.

There are works by far too many of artists who I adore to name...Cy Twombly, Kandinsky, Hans Hartung, Giacometti, Picasso, Beuys, Anish Kapoor...and even those "who wish to remain anonymous"! But it is their placement in the former home of Mario Fortuny that made me want to take up residence myself and never leave. For those of you in the design world, you will perhaps have a penny drop aha upon reading that "Intuition" was co-curated by Axel Vervoordt and the museum director Daniela Ferretti. I think that I would be quite happy there actually, and yes, finally the guards were obliged to shoo me out. I left with regret. But my intuition tells me, strongly, that I will return.

Once more, I want to walk through the rooms that felt like indirect reflections of a me; those that I am claiming as I find my way.






























Intuition
Until November 26th, 2017
Palazzo Fortuny
San Marco 3958
30124 Venice

Open 10am-6pm
Closed Tuesday
Price: 12 Euros

For more information about the exhibition, please click: Here.



*PS. I am (hopefully) back to regular commenting as Disqus did not seem to help those of you who were having problems after all. Feedback, please? Thank you. 

24 comments:

  1. "Wow" the place ... et "Wow" your writing. Merci, Rocket.

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  2. it’s no wonder. your photos are extraordinary.

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    1. Oh thank you Jackie! I don't think that they are at all! It was so dark and I did not have a tripod...plus I had that embarrassing thing happen when my hands started to shake because I was so moved! I don't even have a photo of my favorite room...

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  3. Fabulous.
    I have a hard time believing there are spaces this big in Venice that aren't stuffed with humans. What an oasis of calm. And the art is pretty fantastic, too.
    Thank you for the tip about menhirs. There are some nearby which I have ignored for 15 years. Now I will go visit them.
    I hope you find what you want/need in Venice. Wishing you the best.

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    1. Oh please do go see them! They are extraordinary. Yes, your neck of the woods has some great ones.
      I love Venice. For now it is just a dream but hopefully one that I will continue to visit throughout my life?
      Thank you for your kindness...

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  4. That was amazing. I have looked at the images so many times. Wow...wow and yes again....wow!!
    Ali

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  5. First look, a breathless thank you.

    I'll be back.

    Joan

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  6. Oh I'm so glad disqus is gone. Could the universe and your own spirit have give you a better gift than stumbling onto a diverse and rich art experience called intuition?! I mean f**k, sometimes the meaning of a days unfolding can be so difficult to interpret. But not today! I'm leaving a second comment here in a second to remind myself which photo I want to ask about...

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    1. Yes, not that day. It means the world to me...all of it rolled together. The world was practically shouting.

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  7. In the 11th from the bottom or 19th from the top, the books on the table. Assuming those are part of the instillation? Speaks most of intuition to me.

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    1. Yes, but they are catalogues of the exhibition which I am KILLING myself for not buying. But they were on purpose. The idea was to really sit down and spend time being in the mystery of the space. To just be present.

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  8. Wow - I GET IT! I get why you loved it - it's so "you" - the patina alone, not to mention the hues, the warmth, the soul of it all. It looks absolutely amazing and your photos are beautiful; they really give the feel of what it was like for you to go through this exhibit. Did you make a clay ball? I can imagine that they had to shoo you out; what luck that you were there at the right place and time to see it! Thanks for sharing it with us - we are loving it right along with you!

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    1. I DID make a clay ball but I did not get to meditate with it long before getting the boot! I really, really want to go back before the exhibition closes. Very, very much so. You who know me better than anyone (along with Mom!) understand that this really was the most "me" thing ever. I want to live there!

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  9. Seek and ye shall find. You always find the beauty and the light to share with us! Thank you! Oh to be in that museum - and in Venice-what Fortuny!!

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    1. What Fortuny indeed, lovely Judi. ;) And thank you. xoxo

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  10. Wonderful post Heather and beautiful pictures! I do hope to visit the Biennale!
    xo
    Greet

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    1. Greet, I saw a lot that I did not care for but it truly was worth it just to see this and the Glassstress exhibition. I hope that you get to go! You of all people... xo

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  11. First of all, thank you so much for your post. It has been a true pleasure reading it, and somehow it has really made me think of going back to Venice for a second time. When I went there, Palazzo Fortuny wasn't at all in my mind, but know that you let me know about it, I'm pretty sure I will have to visit it next time. Again, thank you so much for your wise advice, and if you like, do not hesitate to visit my travel blog at www.lepetitjardindepablo.com

    Kind regads,

    Pablo

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    1. Hello Pablo and I am so glad that you enjoyed the post. I promise you that I am not exagerrating in the effect that it had on me. I hope that you will consider going. Thank you for your kind words and yes, I will pop over!

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  12. Art reveals and the landscape inspires. Finding the meaning and similar struggle are the openers that can lift a spirit.Thank you Heather for the photos and as always, for the wonderful text.

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    1. This is beautifully expressed, Edgar - although I would expect no less from you! With much Gratitude...

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