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Industry Matters. Porto Marghera through the lens of contemporary art
Written by M.M.   
pm100.jpgThe need for a large port basin for industry and trade in the Venetian region emerged in the late 1800s, when Captain Luciano Petit envisaged one in the Bottenighi mud flats, midway between Venice and the mainland.  

The project, a public-private venture that involved the mayor of Venice, banks, industrial groups, and the Italian government, was green lighted in 1917. Since the beginning, Porto Marghera attracted new commercial enterprises, the metal industry (aluminium especially) the chemical (with oil refineries), ship building, and more.

 

Curated by Gabriella Belli, exhibition Porto Marghera 100 (1917–2017) shows the story of the birth and development of Porto Marghera where the narrating voice is contemporary art. The words of this detailed narration are the raw materials water, coal, iron, chemical elements, textiles, glass – that started it all.

 

Symbolic and evocative, they are represented in art by some of the most important artists in the international scene: Jannis Kounellis, Pino Pascali, Gilberto Zorio, Tony Cragg, Mario Merz, Daniel Spoerri, Cagnaccio di San Pietro, Emilio Vedova, Julia Mangold, Anne-Karin Furunes, Sissi, and Colombo Manuelli.

 

A narration that does not forget the stories of the men that populated Porto Marghera: photographs, documents, advertisement, and vintage newsreels loaned by Istituto Luce in Rome.

«Porto Marghera 100»
Until 28 January 2018

Appartamento del Doge, Palazzo Ducale - Venice


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