Carpenters Workshop Gallery in partnership with the Lombard Odier Group are proud to present DYSFUNCTIONAL at Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca’d’Oro on the Grand Canal during Biennale Arte 2019.

About the Exhibition

The exhibition will present works by established and rising artists seeking to break the thin boundaries between art, architecture and design. The site-specific works combine extraordinary craftsmanship with strong artistic and emotional expression.

17 artists from the Carpenters Workshop Gallery roster have been invited to initiate a dialogue between the jaw dropping architecture of Ca’d’Oro, its impressive collection of Italian and Flemish masters, and the best of contemporary collectible design. To name a few, Vincenzo De Cotiis, Atelier Van Lieshout, Studio Drift, Maarten Baas, Nacho Carbonell, Vincent Dubourg, Verhoeven Twins and Virgil Abloh.

Their works will draw on the artistic heritage of the Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca’d’Oro, which features masterpieces such as Andrea Mantegna’s San Sebastian, Jan van Eyck’s Crucifixion, Van Dyck’s Portrait of Marcello Durazzo, Francesco Guardi’s Views of Venice and Bernini’s sculptures, including two terracotta models for his Fountain of the Four Rivers.

The works in the exhibition resonate with Venice’s rich heritage of craftsmanship and artistic expression. Virgil Abloh’s commission, his first ever functional sculpture collection having only recently joined the gallery, is inspired by the lagoon city and its acqua alta (high tide). Nacho Carbonell’s tree-like, organic sculptures transform the Monumental Courtyard into a forest of light. Their shimmering texture references the gilt and polychrome decorations which once adorned the palazzo’s façade and their cocoon metal mesh shapes echo the quatrefoils that decorate the windows of ‘the golden house’.

The installation by Vincenzo De Cotiis is an archetypal element created by human hands. A monumental wall, a modular and repetitive organism, static and pulsating, vibrating and living. The sculpture sits as an echo to the existing artworks it is surrounded by, seamlessly entering the room’s conversation and evoking through its splendor the ethereal past of the Serenissima.

DYSFUNCTIONAL seeks to forget function whilst celebrating the power of artistic expression. The idea of dysfunction, defined as ‘the disruption of normal social relations’, invites visitors to rethink the conventional relationship between form and function, art and design, the historical and the modern.

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