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  • Tilo Schulz’s installation at Espace Louis Vuitton, Venezia

  • Véio’s “Becoming Marni” installation at San Gregorio Abbey, Venezia

  • Véio’s “Becoming Marni” installation at San Gregorio Abbey, Venezia

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Louis Vuitton and Marni’s exhibitions at Venice Biennale 2015

In order to celebrate the 56th edition of the Venice Biennale, which was inaugurated on May 9, 2015, various brands, among them Louis Vuitton and Marni, have prepared a series of exhibitions that unite art and fashion in the most imaginative way, bringing a cosmopolitan touch to the city. Louis Vuitton continues its collaboration with MUVE (Fondanzione Musei Civici di Venezia), with a temporary exhibition at the maison’s Espace Louis Vuitton Venezia, featuring German artist Tilo Schulz, who prepared for the occasion a room installation that opens a dialogue with the recently restored lunette paintings of artist Francesco Hayez (1791-1882) from the Palazzo Ducale in Venice.

The half-moon shaped artworks were painted by Hayez in 1981 and depict a series of symbolic scenes with mythical creatures and sea monsters that pay tribute to a time when Venice was a “trading center at the heart of an ever growing world”. Schulz interpreted these scenes in a more abstract way, creating two round discs that rotate slowly around their own axis, with one side being a dark mirror surface and the other one a multi layered painting. The discs symbolize the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, which is considered to be the first modern atlas, and are a perfect fit to this year’s Biennale theme, titled “All the World’s Futures”. Schulz’s installation, which will remain on view until mid-October, places the spectators right in the center of the universe, raising questions about the “state of things” as opposed to the “appearance of things”.

Marni, on the other hand, has collaborated with Brazilian self-taught artist Véio for a site-specific installation that forms part of Marni Prisma, the brand’s series of events that celebrate its 20th anniversary. Véio’s installation is titled “Becoming Marni” and comprises a series of 100 wooden sculptures that are placed around the cloister and inside the rooms of the San Gregorio Abbey —a former church and Benedictine abbey that was founded in the 9th century and is normally closed to the public. Véio’s whimsical sculptures are made of pieces of wood, clogs and brunches that the artist finds along the river and which are later transformed into anthropomorphic creatures with a unique identity. “Becoming Marni” is held under the supervision of Carolina Castiglioni, creative director of Marni’s special projects, and will remain on view until November 22, 2015.