The creation of a new space devoted to contemporary art in Venice is for many reasons something new and
yet also a sign of continuity within a history long rooted in Venice and Dorsoduro.
After the Second World War and the opening of he Peggy Guggenheim Collection this sestiere actually
became the driving force in the “workshop of the contemporary“, producing the greatest expressions of the
city's artistic avant-gardes and dialoguing with the other Italian and international movements which led to
Emilio Vedova, Armando Pizzinato, Tancredi Parmeggiani, Edomond Bacci, Léon Gischia and Peggy
Guggenheim herself are just a few of the leading actors of those days. The Fondazione Vedova complete the
identification of these places as an authentic “triangle“ of contemporary arts facing the Biennale Giardini,
thus opening a new chapter fort he role of Venice in the arts of our time.
The Marignana/arte gallery fits into this context with a program of exhibitions expressing the latest
The exhibit “Copertine“ presents several recent works that explore reflections and formal practices
characteristic of Arienti’s work from the start. Copertine (book cover) is a collections of books that graphically display – reviving geometries and perceptive modes – the images of an ideal “library“, forming an installation consisting of 230 perforated sheets of paper. In the same way the perforations on vinyl records and the artist’s experiments with terra cotta tiles, work poised between painting, drawing, sculpture, invite us to discover the secrets, the complexity, the vitality of the images and simple objects that surround each of us every day.