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Take a walking tour of Venice ahead of the Venice Architecture Biennale

by Madelein
Take a walking tour of Venice ahead of the Venice Architecture Biennale

The 17th International Architecture Exhibition will run from 22 May – 21 November 2021 in Venice, Italy. With this year’s theme being “How we live together”, the exhibition will be presenting architecture from around the world. The 2021 Biennale is curated by architect Hashim Sarkis.

Discover Venice ahead of the Venice Architecture Biennale by walking through its best art and design locations on specially curated tours led by local creative entrepreneurs. Here is an overview of each tour’s highlights.

A TOUR OF VENICE THROUGH ITS BEST ART AND DESIGN LOCATIONS
A series of upholstered pieces by Venice furniture workshop, Lunardelli, specialising in wood craft and featuring a wood atelier led by a visionary woman, Agnese Lunardelli is on the route. She is very much in love with Venice and grew up on “bread and wood chips” because of her family’s wooden craftsmanship business. Agnese collaborates with designers and artisans to express the variety of talents and creativity offered by the Venetian territory, and to explore innovative production techniques with materials of the local traditions such as wood, Murano glass and fabrics. https://lunardellivenezia.net/en/

The Piova lamp from the Lagoon collection is designed to be easy to move and to create evocative drawings of light in any space.

AN ANTIQUE WEAVING LOOM AT ANTIQUE VENETIAN WEAVING WORKSHOP TESSITURA BEVILAQUA
“One of my favourite collaborations between Lunardelli Venezia and other designers is the one with Tessitura Bevilacqua, which is another amazing stop included in our tours,” says Malfitano. “The weaving mill, Luigi Bevilacqua, is one of the most ancient working mills in Europe and they still manually produce the unique soprarizzo velvet using the same techniques and high quality required by the Doges on the original looms of the 18th Century. It is something incredible to see: an ancient mill, where only a few exquisite centimetres of velvet are woven each day!” https://www.luigi-bevilacqua.com/en/

Tessitura Luigi Bevilacqua creates a luxury fabric with ancient roots: The “Soprarizzo” velvet. Its production is extremely complex and is still carried out by hand on 18 looms of the 18th century, which previously belonged to the Silk Guild of the Republic of Venice.

NEGOZIO OLIVETTI BY CARLO SCARPA
The interior design of Venice’s Negozio Olivetti by architect Carlo Scarpa features an imposing stone staircase, wooden accents and a terrazzo floor. Camilla Rigo Langé says, “Walking under the St Mark’s square porticos, you can find a small building that Adriano Olivetti identified as the perfect location to communicate his company’s cultural values in a setting that mixes modernity and innovation. As a graphic designer, I believe that Negozio Olivetti is an incredible source of inspiration for its details and coexistence of materials and shapes, and I’m always amazed by the intervention of Scarpa and the history of the space.” https://www.fondoambiente.it/negozio-olivetti-eng

©Marco Introini. Courtesy of Fondo Ambiente Italiano

THE FAÇADE OF ALMA ZEVI ART GALLERY IN VENICE
In one of the chicest areas of Venice, known for the headquarters of Palazzo Grassi and its futuristic Teatrino designed by Tadao Ando, there is a small gallery with an international flair and a taste for local emerging artists.

“Alma Zevi Gallery is a true must for contemporary art lovers,” says Carlotta Santini. “The gallery regularly hosts artists in residence to produce new works in response to the fervent cultural environment of the town. Alma Zevi’s gallery represents several young artists including my personal favourite and long-time friend, Marcantonio Brandolini d’Adda.” www.almazevi.com

VINO VERO, A VENICE BAR SERVING TRADITIONAL APERITIVO ON THE CANAL
At the end of each tour, the visits include amazing spots serving natural wines and gourmet food, either set in a great location or offering a breath-taking ambiance. “The final stage of the perfect day in Venice is to meet friends for a glass of wine in Fondamenta Della Misericordia, in Cannaregio, and Vino Vero is the place to be,” adds Rigo Langé. Vino Vero opened in 2014 and offers one of the best selections of 500 natural wines from all over the world. In just a few years, it has become a meeting point to savour a glass of natural wine at sunset. https://vinovero.wine/

Watch this space, as our next editions will bring you highlights and the latest news from the 17th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice Architecture Biennale, which will be happening from 22 May – 21 November 2021.

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