Tim Parchikov, Venice 2005 from the series Venice Suspense, Venice 2005-2011, C-Print, 60 x 90 cm, © Tim Parchikov, courtesy of the artist.

Antonio Girbés, Theater by Andrea Palladio from the series Delirious City, Venice, 2008, Pigment print on cotton paper, 125 x 250 cm, © Antonio Girbés, courtesy of the artist.

Dionisio Gonzalez, The Theater of the World. Aldo Rossi,1979 from the series The Light Hours, Venice 2011, C-Print, diasec, mounted, 100 x 400 cm, © Dionisio
Gonzalez, courtesy of ProjectB Contemporary Art, Milan.

Photography Exhibition to Raise Funds for a Sinking Venice

Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Luci, Venice, 2011, C-print mounted to dibond, 76.2 x 96.5 cm, © Philip-Lorca diCorcia, courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner, New York.

Lynne Cohen, Untitled (Smiling Couch) from the series Vague Memories, Venice 2010, Digital C-Print, 122 x 147.3 cm, © Lynne Cohen, courtesy of the artist.

Mimmo Jodice, Rialto from the series Venice, Venice 2010, Silver gelatin print, 100 x 120 cm, © Mimmo Jodice, courtesy of Galerie Karsten Greve.

Hiroshi Watanabe, Marco Andrea as Pulcinella from the series Comedy of Double Meaning, Venice 2010, Archival pigment print, 80 x 80 cm, © Hiroshi Watanabe, courtesy of AD Galerie.

Matthias Schaller, Aldo M from the series Leiermann, Venice 2010, C-Print, 79 x 59 cm, © Matthias Schaller, courtesy of the artist.


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Real Venice
October 11-December 11, 2011

Real Venice, is comprised of work by artists invited to Venice to create a portfolio of images, designed to raise substantial funds to save Venice and to create a lasting legacy of the city. Real Venice is mounted by the Venice in Peril Fund and curated by Elena Foster, founder of Ivorypress.

To coincide with the exhibition, select works from the collection will be sold at auction in aid of Venice in Peril on November 3, 2011 at Phillips de Pury & Company, London.

Artists are: Lynne Cohen, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Antonio Girbés, Nan Goldin, Pierre Gonnord, Dionisio Gonzalez, Candida Höfer, Tiina Itkonen, Mimmo Jodice, Tim Parchikov, Matthias Schaller, Jules Spinatsch, Robert Walker and Hiroshi Watanabe.

For centuries, Venice has inspired intellectuals, writers, and artists with its ravishing beauty, riches and strangeness. For the project, the artists were challenged to create a series of meaningful and original photographic images of Venice, perhaps the most photographed, but seriously threatened city in the world. The resulting images show Venice in all its beauty, but also in all its paradoxes and contrasts. As well as addressing the everyday life of the city’s inhabitants, its iconic monuments and modern architecture, the photographs capture the ravages wrought by mass tourism and the rise of the lagoon water level.

Until September 30, Real Venice was on display at the Abbey of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice as a special initiative of the 54th Venice Biennale, before travelling to Somerset House. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue published by Ivorypress.

All of the works in Real Venice have been donated by the artists to be sold in aid of Venice in Peril. Selected works from the artists’ portfolios will be sold at auction as part of the Phillips de Pury Photographs Sale on 3 November 2011. They will be on view at Phillips de Pury Howick Place from October 29-November 3, 2011. Remaining works are available to purchase online at www.realvenice.org.

Anna Somers Cocks, Chairman of Venice in Peril said: "Real Venice is a necessary initiative that harnesses the creativity, the vigour, the internationalism — and the financial power — of contemporary art to saving Venice, an exquisite city where art has always been of the essence."

Gwyn Miles, Director of Somerset House Trust said: "We are delighted to be able to show these stunning images of Venice and help support the important work of Venice in Peril."

Members of the advisory board for the project are Anna Somers Cocks, Chairman of Venice in Peril and Founder Editor of The Art Newspaper, Elena Foster, founder, Chairman and CEO of Ivorypress, who mounted a major photographic exhibition at the 2006 Architecture Biennale, and David Landau, collector, businessman and scholar.

The Venice in Peril Fund was created after the great flood in 1966, when the city’s waters rose to nearly two metres above mean water level. Since then it has distributed millions of pounds for the restoration of Venetian monuments, buildings and works of art. The Fund is committed to ensuring the sustainability of Venice, acting as a lobby group, informing the international media and working with outside bodies such as the University of Cambridge to broker agreement on how to deal with some of the critical ecological, demographic and socio-economic issues facing the city.

Candida Höfer, Teatro La Fenice di Venezia I, 2011, Venice 2011, Inkjet , 144.6 x 120 cm, © Candida Höfer/VG Bildkunst, Bonn, 2011, courtesy of Ben Brown Fine Arts.

Pierre Gonnord, Friedrich from the series Venetian Portraits, Venice 2010, Digital Print on Hahnemüle paper, 146 x 110 cm, © Pierre Gonnord, courtesy of Pierre Gonnord and Galeria Juana de Aizpuru.

Robert Walker, Venetian Apron Suite #10, from the series, Venetian Apron Suite, Venice, 2010, Inkjet print on acid-free paper, 71 x 106.5 cm, © Robert Walker, courtesy of the artist.

Tiina Itkonen, Giudecca from the series At the Time of the Bora Wind, Venice 2011, Digital C-print, 70 x 200 cm, © Tiina Itkonen, courtesy of Michael Hoppen Contemporary, London.

Jules Spinatsch, November from the series Exit Strategies, Venice 2011, C-Print on aluminium, 50 x 70 cm, © Jules Spinatsch, courtesy of Blancpain Art Contemporain, Geneva and Galerie Luciano Fascia, Chur.

Nan Goldin, Dead Saints from the series Hold Together with Water, Venice 2010, C-Print, 101.6 x 152.4 cm, © Nan Goldin, courtesy of the artist and Matthew Marks, Gallery.