Opposite in style to the rough, unfinished Gervasuti Foundation in the artisan area of Venice, the recently opened Prada Foundation showcases art in a luxurious palazzo that faces the Grand Canal. Named Ca' Corner della Regina, the historic palazzo is filled with brightly colored frescos, ornate architectural details, high ceilings and grand staircases.
The rich interior of the palazzo starkly contrasts to the contemporary art displayed throughout the space. Which do you prefer: the opulent palazzo of the Prada Foundation or the crumbling artisan workshop space of the Gervasuti Foundation?
Shown in the Images:
1. and 2: "Confluenze" (1967), by Pino Pascali is on the floor of the main hall on the second level. The piece consists of rectangular metal tins filled with blue water. The ceiling and wall frescos in the room are reflected in the water.
3. and 4. "Tulips" (1997-2005), by Jeff Koons fills an entire room.
5. "Void Field" (1989), by Anish Kapoor fills the first level with large stones.
6. "Untitled" (1965) by Bruce Nauman.
7. "Loving in a world of desire" (1996), by Damien Hirst consists of a beach ball floating about a brightly colored air blower.
8. Prototype of sponge aluminum for the Pondazione Prada in Milan, Italy. Frescos undergoing restoration are behind the prototypes.
Read more about the Prada Foundation in Venice by clicking here.
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Images: Rachael Grad