Being in Venice for the 56. Biennale, we went to see the exhibition PROPORTIO at the Palazzo Fortuny. Having read Mette Sandbyes enthusiastic review in the Danish newspaper Weekendavisen we went with high expectations. And YES it was AMAZING. The old beautiful Palazzo Fortuny with both a sense of decay and glory to it housed the exhibition curated by the dutch art collector Axel Vervoordt together with Daniela Ferretti. The exhibition presents a huge amount of art objects, architectural models and design objects from the 15. Century till today. The focus is on mans attempt to understand the human scale and proportion in space, geometry, the golden ratio etc.
The whole setting, the lighting and the surprising combinations of old and new works put together was exhilarating and so inspiring that you just got new energy to explore the three floors of the palace. We immersed ourselves into a great and mysterious “Wunderkammer”. The walls were covered with beautiful fabrics giving the space a warm and inviting ambience. An extra plus was the curators’ concern for the fact that visitors may get exhausted, deep huge couches draped with fabric in a warm and relaxing colour pallette, were placed in the middle of the exhibition. You could sit/lie/rest there, like if you were a guest of the house being taken good care of. GREAT.
PROPORTIO features specially commissioned works by leading artist – among others Le Corbusier, Anselm Kiefer, Anish Kapoor, Ellsworth Kelly, Sol Lewitt, Bill Viola, Giacometti, Gerrit Rietveld, William Kentridge, Botticelli and many many more…..