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from 30 May 2013 to 24 November 2013
Venice, Ca' d'Oro

From Giorgio Franchetti to Giorgio Franchetti
Collezionismi alla Ca’ d’Oro

Press Release

The artworks, better still the masterpieces, gathered by two extraordinary collectors, grandfather and nephew, will be united for the first time at the Ca’ d’Oro, the palace that the first of the two, baron Giorgio Franchetti, chose to custody his treasures, so that they would be available to the public. Featured alongside his grandfather’s collection of ancient art the exhibition will display his nephew Giorgio jr.’s collection, no less rare and documenting the new trends and languages of Italian art after the War.

From May 30th to November 24th all this will be displayed in the exhibition “da Giorgio Franchetti a Giorgio Franchetti. Collezionismi alla Ca’ d’Oro”. The exhibition, which has been granted patronage by the President of the Italian Republic, was proposed by the Soprintendenza per il Polo Museale Veneziano, Soprintendente Giovanna Damiani, within the frame of the Italian Ministry of Culture’s institutional initiatives, promoted by the Department for Architecture and Contemporary Art of the PaBAAC General Direction, in occasion of the 55th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale 2013, in collaboration with MondoMostre, and curated by Claudia Cremonini and Flavio Fergonzi.

It has yet to be proven that amongst transmitted genes is that for collecting art. This thesis finds proof in the case of these two collectors, grandfather and nephew, united by the same passion as well as the same name: Giorgio Franchetti. Two different collections, as were their times and lifestyles. Baron Franchetti sr. loved ancient art, minor masters, artworks both rare and unknown. His nephew, Giorgio jr., loved the art of his time and milieu, the art of Rome in the 1950s and 60s, a time of innovation and new stirrings, which he himself nurtured and stimulated. Both exude an intimate and intuitive relationship with art, deeply personal, anticonformist and refractory in relation to the trends imposed by the market, the genetic link between the exhibition’s two protagonists. From the first’s competent passion for ancient, especially Renaissance, art resulted an original collection of Tuscan masters as well as art from central Italy, Veneto and Flanders, from Giambono to Mantegna, from Titian, Tintoretto and Paris Bordon to Guardi, but also van Eyck and van Dyck, Paul Brill and Joachim Patinier.

His nephew Giorgio Franchetti, recently departed (2006), collected Tano Festa, Cy Twombly, Enrico Castellani, Piero Manzoni, Alighiero Boetti, Gino De Dominicis, Mimmo Rotella, Mario Schifano, Ceroli, Fabro, Luigi Ontani… and if he made any concessions to “history” these were for Giacomo Balla. These works have been reunited after being dispersed, following the collector’s departure, in the portego of the second floor of the Ca’ d’Oro.