May 20, 2013

Venice
contemporary

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Venice became the new epicenter of the Louis Vuitton galaxy with the inauguration of a new store and an Espace Culturel, which will open just in time for the 55th Biennale di Venezia International Art Exhibition.

Located at Calle San Marco 1345 in a former palazzo that was home to the Cinema Teatro San Marco—designed by architect Brenno del Giudice in 1936—the monumental building is characteristic of the style of the era. Inside the doors is a universe created by architect Peter Marino, a breathtaking space marked by contrasts and a dialogue between shadow and light.

Louis Vuitton is also inaugurating a new Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton here, with an emphasis on contemporary art. Like the other five Espaces Culturels around the world—Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Taipei and Singapore—this exhibition space proposes a distinctively authentic journey to the heart of creativity, paying a special tribute to the artistic legacy of the City of the Doges.

The inaugural exhibition at the Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton Venezia—entitled Where Should Othello Go?— will open to the public on June 1st. The concept is part of a long-term partnership with the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia. With each new exhibition, a contemporary artist will be given carte blanche to draw inspiration from a work that figures in Venice’s heritage, and which will be restored with support from Louis Vuitton.

Conceived by art historian Adrien Goetz and exhibition curator Hervé Mikaeloff, this first proposition invites an unexpected dialogue between The Death of Othello (1866) by Pompeo Molmenti, a Venetian painter who worked in the second half of the 19th century, and a visual and sound installation by New York artist Tony Oursler. The result is a truly compelling encounter.

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