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The memory of water. Art visions at Fondaco
Written by Fabio Marzari   
img_2693.jpgT Fondaco is a new space in Venice, one that has been, is, and will likely be extensively talked about in the future. Venetians remember it as the central post office. Not a place where you go and pick up your registered mail anymore, it is now the house of the most exclusive fashion brands thanks to an investment of DFS group. Fabrizio Plessi, an artist of international fame with a long career of exhibitions in the most important museums of the world, is the one to inaugurate the art face of T Fondaco.

 

It was inevitable that, in Venice, the place of the branché would want to be home to arts and exhibitions, since the symbiosis between luxury brands and art is a well-established and welcome trend in town. We had a conversation with Fabrizio Plessi on his last piece, a site-specific project for T Fondaco. He told us how the concept of Under Water was born and how the project came to be. “I was so happy my art has been chosen to inaugurate this place. I always try to integrate the art I make, I don’t want external factors to create contrast or aesthetic friction. I use what materials are around me: space, light, matter. It is so satisfying when I am told my art seems to be born with the place that houses it. This inauguration at Fondaco put me face to face with a difficult theme. The floor is transparent and bright and wouldn’t allow for anything to be placed upon it, so I worked on the square perimeter of this 200-square metre hall at the heart of the whole building. All around, there is brass at different oxidation levels, hence of different colours. I invented a way to integrate my art with this irregular material in the best possible way.”

 

img_2673.jpgPlessi is satisfied with the outcome of his creative effort and his passion reveals how excited he is to show it to the public, even though he is used to work with important museums and galleries all over the planet. “I created 60 details, 60 fragments of a Venetian mosaic of Oriental tradition – a mosaic that doesn’t exist since I digitally created it from scratch. These 60 variants ideally compose a larger mental mosaic. Why mosaic? Because Venetian commerce with the East was large and this place was a centre of cultural, emotional, and material exchange. This mosaic breathes; it is an underwater mosaic that dilates, distorts, and stirs up like waves at sea. These motions, this unrest reminds us of Venice as a flux, a stream of water, the motion of light. It all fits perfectly the genius loci of T Fondaco. Sound is complementary to such motion, too: Michael Nyman saw my project and thought his Water Dances accompanied it perfectly. And the more disruptive technology is, the more conscious we are of the changes time brought about. I also loved to integrate my ideas with Rem Koolhaas’ design, it seems we had been working for one another all along. Each epoch has its own signs, its destinies, and you can feel this place had those, too. Koolhaas left the traces of the past in place, the traces of a world that isn’t there anymore, and with them, an awareness of what used to be. A powerful physical presence that gives us energy to carry on in the future.”

 

To go with Plessi’s latest work is a beautiful catalogue in Moleskine format, a travel notebook since travel is at the essence of DFS Group, who re-established the Fondaco dei Tedeschi its soul of crossroads of merchants, cultures, lives, and languages that made the history of Venice. The catalogue is a navigation among thoughts: it won’t fixate on the art once installed, it recounts the project, the journey, the becoming of art ideas. A continuous stream like that of water, a mental journey in stages.

 

 

 «Fabrizio Plessi. Under Waters»

Until 15 January 2017 T Fondaco

Calle del Fontego dei Tedeschi, Rialto Bridge-Venice

www.dfsgroup.com