11 October - 11 December 2011
For centuries, Venice has inspired intellectuals, writers and artists with its ravishing beauty, riches and strangeness. This major exhibition presented meaningful and original photographic images of Venice, perhaps the most photographed but seriously threatened city in the world, by fourteen internationally renowned artists. The resulting images showed Venice in all its beauty, but also in all its paradoxes and contrasts. As well as addressing the everyday life of the city’s inhabitants, its iconic monuments and modern architecture, the photographs captured the ravages wrought by mass tourism and the rise of the lagoon water level.
The artists were: Lynne Cohen, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Antonio Girbés, Nan Goldin, Pierre Gonnord, Dionisio Gonzalez, Candida Höfer, Tiina Itkonen, Mimmo Jodice, Tim Parchikov, Matthias Schaller, Jules Spinatsch, Robert Walker and Hiroshi Watanabe.
All of the works in Real Venice were donated by the artists to be sold in aid of Venice in Peril.
In addition, selected works from the artists’ portfolios were sold at auction as part of the Phillips de Pury Photographs Sale on 3 November 2011. The remaining works are available to purchase online at www.realvenice.org.
The exhibition was curated by Elena Foster, founder of Ivorypress and mounted by the Venice in Peril Fund.