‘Willem de Kooning and Italy’ at Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice

The exhibition will be the first one to investigate the impact that de Kooning's trips to Italy, both in 1959 and 1969, had on his body of work. This is the largest show on Willem de Kooning to be presented in Italy. “The impact of any visual encounter could render or generate an idea for moving into a new drawing or painting. Observing how his New York and East Hampton environments worked into his paintings and drawings, the same occurred in Rome—a gestalt of ‘glimpses. During these formative periods of time in Rome, de Kooning synthesised from all around him a new way of looking and activating his medium, experiencing both classical Italian paintings and sculpture as well as the work of his new Italian artist friends” says Gary Garrels, curator of the show.

Runs until the 15th September 2024.

Willem de Kooning and Italy, Accademia, Venice — review: a brilliant,  bacchanalian show
Installation View of Willem de Kooning and Italy, Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice, 2024. Photograph by Matteo de Fina, 2024. © 2024 The Willem de Kooning Foundation, SIAE.

‘Julie Mehretu: Ensemble’ at Palazzo Grassi, Venice

The exhibition brings together a selection of more than fifty works, between painting and printmaking, that Julie Mehretu produced over the timespan of 25 years, including several of the artist’s recent paintings from 2021-2024. Presented over two floors of Palazzo Grassi, the exhibition unites 17 works from the Pinault Collection, as well as loans from international museums and private collections. 

Runs until the 25th January 2025.

Installation view of Ensemble. Courtesy of Palazzo Grassi.

‘Planète Lalanne’ at Palazzo Rota Ivancich, Venice

Planète Lalanne, a comprehensive exhibition of the celebrated artistic duo Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne that will take over the historic Palazzo Rota Ivancich in Venice, running concurrently with the 2024 Venice Biennale from April 17 to November 3, 2024. Continuing a decades-long relationship between Ben Brown Fine Arts and Les Lalanne, Planète Lalanne is one of the largest exhibitions – with a selection of over 150 works – by the artists, and the first to take place in Italy.

Runs until the 3rd November 2024.

Installation view of Planète Lalanne. Courtesy of Ben Brown Fine Arts, London.

Martha Jungwirth: Herz der Finsternis’ at Fondazione Giorgio Cini

The Palazzo Cini Gallery, an extraordinary house-cum-museum home to the masterpieces of Vittorio Cini’s own collection, reopens to the public with an exhibition dedicated to the Austrian artist Martha Jungwirth (Vienna 1940). The only woman artist among the founding members of the “Wirklichkeiten” (“Reality”) group, her works were exhibited in the 1968 Vienna Secession exhibition curated by Otto Breicha. From then on, Martha Jungwirth continued to develop an innovative visual language, characterised by the exploration of colour and incisive lines. The exhibition itinerary, which unfolds around the second floor of Palazzo Cini, will also include previously unseen paintings by the Viennese artist, inspired by the works in the Gallery itself so as to underline the relationship between her painting and the history of art.

Runs until the 29th September 2024.

Installation view of Martha Jungwirth: Herz der Finsternis. Courtesy of Fondazione Giorgio Cini.