Contemporary Dialogues with Tintoretto

Michael Borremans, The Measure II, 2007 | © Giuseppe Iannaccone Collection, Milan


From 20 Ottobre 2018 to 24 Febbraio 2019


Place: Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca’ d’Oro | Palazzo Ducale

Address: Calle del Magazzen, Cannaregio 3932 | Piazza San Marco

Times: Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca’ d’Oro Mon 8.15 am - 1.15 pm / Tue - Sun 8.15 am - 6.15 pm | Palazzo Ducale 8.30 am - 5.30 pm

Responsibles: Ludovico Pratesi


  • Polo Museale del Veneto
  • Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia
  • Zuecca Projects

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On the occasion of the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the birth of Jacopo Tintoretto, in a project designed to underline the modernity and innovative power of his painting, the Polo museale del Veneto, the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia and Zuecca Projects present “Contemporary Dialogues with Tintoretto”.
The exhibition, curated by Ludovico Pratesi and hosted from October 19, 2018, to January 07, 2019, is focused on the dialogues between Tintoretto’s masterpieces preserved at Palazzo Ducale and Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca’ d’Oro, with the artworks by leading contemporary artists influenced, for attitude and style, by the Master.

The exhibition is conceived as an itinerary among the different venues, and it includes two thematic sections, “Faces” and “Stories”, related to the subjects of the artworks.
“What does it mean to paint today? What conceptual and stylistic issues are faced by painters with different and distant cultural traditions? How the representation of the human face is defined to underline the most significant elements of expressions, in an anthropological, symbolic or social sense?
As Jean Paul Sartre wrote “Tintoretto is Venice even if he does not paint Venice“, with a will of psychological introspection that makes the painter’s characters extremely modern, able to stimulate a reflection on the evolution of the contemporary portrait, from a descriptive act to an interpretation of the depicted character.
The artworks by international artists of the last generations invited to “Contemporary Dialogues with Tintoretto”, offer a constellation of images that are disquieting or monumental, traditional or irreverent, to outline an overview of different portraits in a stimulating and surprising dialogue with the paintings by Tintoretto. From the master Emilio Vedova, who had a privileged relationship with Tintoretto since his youth, to American artists like Matthew Monahan or Josh Smith, the exhibition is an opportunity to think about the extreme modernity of Tintoretto, who is still able to dialogue with the most successful painters of the contemporary art scene.”
Ludovico Pratesi

Michael Borremans 
Glenn Brown
Roberto Cuoghi
John Currin
Chantal Joffe
Victor Man
Yan Pei-Ming
Matthew Monahan
Wangechi Mutu
Celia Paul
Markus Schinwald
Josh Smith
Emilio Vedova
Special thanks for the precious artworks to: AmC Collezione Coppola, Collezione Giuseppe Iannaccone, Gagosian Gallery, Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Victoria Miro Gallery.