Willem de Kooning at Gallerie dell'Accademia di Venezia

Willem de Kooning e L'Italia

April 17 - September 15, 2024

Gallerie dell'Accademia
Venice, Italy

Willem de Kooning, one of the most revolutionary and influential artists of the 20th century, will be the subject of a major exhibition in the Temporary Exhibitions Halls at the Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice.

Opening to the public on 17 April 2024 to coincide with the 60th International Venice Biennale, the exhibition Willem de Kooning and Italy will run until 15 September 2024. The exhibition will be the first to explore the time de Kooning spent in Italy in 1959 and 1969 and the profound impact those visits had on his work. It brings together around 75 works, making it the largest presentation of the artist ever organised in Italy.

The curators of the exhibition, Gary Garrels and Mario Codognato, will establish the influence of Italy on de Kooning's subsequent paintings, drawings and sculpture in America, which has never before been thoroughly researched. The lasting effect of these two creative periods will be revealed in an outstanding selection of works, ranging from the late 1950s through to the 1980s.

Giulio Manieri Elia, Director, Gallerie dell'Accademia, said: "We are convinced that proposing de Kooning was the right choice for several reasons: first of all for the importance of the artist. Secondly, because of its subject and special connections with Italy, which is dear and close to us. It should be added that following de Kooning's death, his works have rarely been seen in Italy, with the last exhibition dedicated to his work dating back eighteen years ago. Finally, what convinced us was the quality of the curators' selection, featuring around 75 works that represent the breadth of de Kooning's most expressive periods."

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