The Wilmotte Foundation’s gallery in Venice inauagurated on the 6th of November a photography exhibition named “Elogio della Luce” (“Praise of light”). The 36 black and white images of rationalist buildings in Rome and its surroundings, shot by Italian photographer Gianni Galassi, make architecture expresses itself through photography. As in the metaphysical painting tradition, the city is depicted as both antique and modern, while the urban landscape evokes an inner world, as some sort of self-portrait.
Elogio della Luce has been specifically designed for Wilmotte Foundation’s gallery in Venice, offering the opportunity to explore the development of historic cities through art and culture. The exhibition, curated by Laura Ginapri, will last until the end of February 2016.
Elogio della Luce (Praise of Light)
Photography by Gianni Galassi
November 6 to February 28, 2016
Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 – 13:30 / 14:30 – 18:00
The Wilmotte Foundation Gallery
Fondaco degli Angeli
Gianni Galassi was born in Milan, and discovered industrial photography at the age of 16. He then moved to Rome where he became commercials and documentary filmmaker. He currently is CEO of video and audio post-production company. He also gives photography and multimedia translation workshops. His life is all about photography. He exhibits in Milan, Viterbo, Athens and Venice.
Gianni Galassi has exhibited his work in many exhibitions: in Milan (Art Fair AAM, 2012); Venice (Cini Foundation, 2010); Rome (Galleria Luxardo, 2009; Festival of Photography and National Museum of Palazzo Venezia, 2007). His works are part of the permanent collection of the Cini Foundation in Venice.
THE WILMOTTE FOUNDATION
In 2005, Jean-Michel Wilmotte established the Wilmotte Foundation to raise awareness among young architects on the issues of conservation and restoration of historical buildings. The Foundation’s aim is to encourage and foster the union between heritage and contemporaneity by working for the development of the ‘contemporary registry.’ The Foundation has the ambition of playing the role of a ‘transmitter’ to detect and encourage young talent and help in the dissemination of architectural culture, building bridges between architecture, heritage and contemporary art.
The Wilmotte Foundation was established in the heart of authentic Venice, in Cannaregio. The gallery opened in August 2012. Typically Venetian, this area has two entrances: one by land and one by water from Sacca della Misericordia, north of the lagoon. The main entrance is through the arch of Santa Maria della Misericordia across a garden.
After two and a half years of restoration work, the site was restored to its former glory reinterpreted. Encompassing a naval workshop, a carpentry workshop, and a vocational school, this space offers the Wilmotte Foundation a unique exhibition space in the world-class location of Venice.