Exhibitions in Venice 2020: events not to be missed


Here are the exhibitions in Venice 2020, that is all the events not to be missed. Here is my selection of exhibitions to see in Venice, in a list that will be constantly updated during the year and where you will find the exhibitions to see according to an order that starts from the last exhibition that opens to the public and ends with the first exhibition of inaugurated year. So the first show on the list is also the most recent.

Exhibitions in Venice 2020: unmissable events

VITTORE CARPACCIO. Paintings and drawings
Palazzo Ducale

 Carpaccio |mostre a Venezia

  • VITTORE CARPACCIO. Paintings and drawings Vittore Carpaccio was one of the great protagonists of art in Venice, he transferred daily life to sacred stories, created scenes rich in details, combined the observation of reality with the fantastic story. This of Palazzo Ducale is the first major exhibition after that of 1963, an exhibition created by the Civic Museums of Venice in co-production with the National Gallery of Washington and which will describe the development of Vittore Carpaccio’s painting.

When: 10 october 2020- 24 january 2021
Where: Venice, Palazzo Ducale – Appartamento del Doge

Lygia Clark. Painting as experimentation, 1948-1958
Peggy Guggenheim Collection

  • Lygia Clark. Painting as experimentation, 1948-1958 Lygia Clark (1920–1988) was a leading figure in the Brazilian avant-garde. The exhibition examines the crucial years of the artist’s formation, those between 1948 and 1958, bringing together the paintings that offer an overview of the first decade of Lygia Clark’s career. The Peggy Guggenheim Collection will be the second exhibition stop after the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

Edited by Geaninne Gutiérrez-Guimarães, Associate Curator, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
: June 27th – September 28th 2020
Where: Venice, Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Giardini della Biennale, Arsenale and other locations
Biennale Architettura 2020

  • BIENNALE ARCHITETTURA DI VENEZIA 2020 The biennial appointment with architecture in Venice is renewed. The title of this edition is “How will we live together?” Architects are asked to imagine and propose spaces in which we can live generously together. Throughout 2020 there will be updates on exhibitions, events and what to see at the Architecture Biennale.

Curator Hashim Sarkis
When: 23 May – 29 November 2020
Where: Venice, Giardini – Arsenale and other locations

Ca’ Pesaro – Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna


  • FABRIZIO PLESSI. THE GOLDEN AGE The International Gallery of Modern Art of Ca ‘Pesaro celebrates the eighty years of Fabrizio Plessi with his great historical installations and new site-specific works. It will also be a great tribute to Venice by the artist, inspired by the theme of gold, a highly symbolic matter and closely linked to the city. Gold shaped and declined in different forms will accompany visitors in the discovery of Plessi’s extraordinary artistic production through the decades, up to the great creations of recent years. The Ca ‘Pesaro exhibition will be joined by the windows of the Correr Museum in Piazza San Marco, where golden digital rivers will flow to face the sumptuous mosaics of the Basilica.

When: 16 may – 25 October 2020
Where: Venice, Ca’ Pesaro – Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna

Gallerie dell’Accademia


  • ANISH KAPOOR – The Gallerie dell’Accademia open their doors to contemporary art in conjunction with the 2021 Art Biennale with a large exhibition dedicated to Maestro Anish Kapoor. The exhibition aspires to reinterpret thirty-five years of Kapoor’s career and his tireless research on sculpture and immaterial.

The curator of the exhibition is art historian Taco Dibbits, director of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
When: 3 may – 3 october 2020 (dates may vary due to the Coronavirus emergency).
Where: Venice, Gallerie dell’Accademia

OPERA. The protagonists of the melodrama
Palazzo Ducale

opera | mostre Venezia

  • OPERA. The protagonists of the melodrama The history of Melodrama through the centuries, from its origins in Venice to the present day. Music, painting, sculpture, architecture, the opera brings together different languages of art and is a multisensory experience and will all be told in this exhibition.

When: 9 april – 30 august 2020
Where: Venice, Palazzo Ducale – Appartamento del Doge

JACQUES HENRI LARTIGUE. The invention of happiness
Photos 1904/1980
Casa dei Tre Oci
  • JACQUES HENRI LARTIGUE. The invention of happiness. Photos 1904/1980 Jacques Henri Lartigue is now considered as one of the greatest photographers of the last century, but he had to wait long before being recognized as such. This exhibition will let you know his works.

When: 29 February – 12 June 2020
Where: Casa dei Tre Oci, Venezia

Migrating Objects. Art from Africa, Oceania and the Americas in the Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Peggy Guggenheim Collection

  • Migrating Objects. Art from Africa, Oceania and the Americas in the Peggy Guggenheim Collection The exhibition examines a crucial moment in Peggy Guggenheim’s life: interest in the 1950s and 1960s for the arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas. In those years, Peggy Guggenheim purchased works by artists from cultures all over the world, including early twentieth century sculptures from Mali, Ivory Coast and New Guinea, and works from the ancient cultures of Mexico and Peru that will be presented on show.

Scientific Committee: Christa Clarke, Independent Scholar; R. Tripp Evans, Professor, History of Art, Wheaton College, Mass.; Ellen McBreen, Associate Professor, History of Art, Wheaton College, Mass.; e Fanny Wonu Veys, Curator, Oceania, National Museum of World Cultures, The Netherlands; con Vivien Greene, Senior Curator, 19th- and Early 20th-Century Art, Guggenheim Museum.
: 15 February – 14 June 2020
Where: Venice, Peggy Guggenheim Collection

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