Magister Canova is the first major multimedia exhibition to be devoted to the Master of Neoclassicism. An enjoyable itinerary in dialogue with the contemporary.
From 16 June to 22 November 2018, after the success of Magister Giotto, the Scuola Grande della Misericordia in Venice hosts Magister Canova (Possagno, 1757 - Venice, 1822), the first major multimedia exhibition to be devoted to the greatest sculptor of Neoclassicism, created with a scientific committee with a high international profile and the collaboration of the Fondazione Canova Gypsotheca and Museo Antonio Canova di Possagno. An interweaving of music, words and images with the extraordinary participation of Fabrizio Plessi, the voice of actor Adriano Giannini and music by cellist Giovanni Sollima.
The exhibition route of Magister Canova winds its way through environments of major perceptive impact, scenographic reconstructions, deceptive views. Technology - at the disposal of art - offers visitors an unprecedented experience, where details, episodes, intervals of the broadest scope, are showcased and highlighted, to enable them to grasp the meaning of one of the most exciting creative processes in the history of European sculpture.
Accompanying the visit, an emotional tale recounted by Adriano Giannini’s voice and Giovanni Sollima’s cello. The exhibition moves from the micro to the macro, from Cupid and Psyche’s butterfly to the giant Hercules’s frenzy and Lichas’ terror, from the study of the anatomical drawings from the Biblioteca dell’Istituto Superiore di Sanità to the representation of the revolutionary process of creation defined by Canova. The narration continues from the great myths, the heroes carved in white marble, to the multi-colour temperas on dark backgrounds devoted to dance, to conclude with an environment completely devoted to one of the great Canova masterpieces, Paolina Borghese, portrayed by Canova as Venus Victrix.
On Scuola Grande della Misericordia’s ground floor, a site-specific installation by Fabrizio Plessi, an ideal journey in the mind of Antonio Canova, introduces the visit to an exhibition where show and detailed study, emotion and knowledge, blend together perfectly.
Magister Canova comes about as a result of the rigorous research work by Mario Guderzo, Director of the Museum Gypsotheca Antonio Canova of Possagno, Member of the Committee for the National Edition of the Works of Antonio Canova, and of the Scientific Committee of the CAM, and Giuliano Pisani, classical philologist and art historian, Accademico Galileiano, Member of the Committee of Guarantors for the Promotion of Classical Culture of the MIUR, and the scientific committee composed of Giuseppe Pavanello, Full Professor of History of Modern Art at the University of Trieste, Steffi Roettgen, Emeritus Professor at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Johannes Myssok, Vice Chancellor of the Kunstakademie of Düsseldorf and Andrea Bellieni, Curator of the Museo Correr of Venice, who have worked in close collaboration with artistic director Luca Mazzieri, author and director, and Executive Director Alessandra Costantini, architect and designer.
is a project created and produced by
Founder, CEO and Creative Supervisor di Magister Art
IN COLLABORATION WITH
Canova Foundation – Antonio Canova Gypsotheca and Museum of Possagno
With the extraordinary participation of
Director of the Museum Gypsotheca Antonio Canova of Possagno, member of the Committee for the National Edition of the Works of Antonio Canova, and of the Scientific Committee of the CAM (Catalogue of Italian Modern Art)
Classical philologist and art historian, Accademico Galileiano, Member of the Committee of Guarantors for the Promotion of Classical Culture of the MIUR
Full Professor of History of Modern Art at the University of Trieste, Member of the Committee for the National Edition of the Works of Antonio Canova, of the Institute of Research on Canova and Neoclassicism of Bassano del Grappa, of the Scientific Council of the Fondazione Canova of Possagno
Emeritus Professor at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich
Vice Chancellor of the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf
Curator of the Museo Correr in Venice, Member of the Governing Body of the Foundation of Venetian Civic Museums
RAFFAELE DI VAIO
Architecture and Stagecraft Installation
Director of Photography & Lighting Design
DRAWLIGHT & SENSO - IMMERSIVE STUDIO
Immersive experience creators: Mick Odelli, Alberto Gentilin, Lorenzo Beccaro, Elisa Basso, Letizia Carlucci, Marco Chinello, Rudy Bertazzo, Micol Lorenzato
ARIANE MOTTALE and LAURA ORSI
Personal Assistant CEO
Assistant Executive Management
Coordination and Institutional Relations
GIANLUCA PRINA, VALENTINA BIGICCHI
STUDIO ESSECI DI SERGIO CAMPAGNOLO
INAUGURAL EVENING SPONSOR
Azienda Agricola Paolo Zucchetto Bisol
Pian delle Vette
A warm thank-you also goes to
Play Group Service
A special thank-you goes to
Istituto Superiore della Sanità (Rome),
Galleria Nazionale di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (Rome),
Galleria Borghese (Rome),
Museo Correr (Venice),
Museo Civico (Bassano)
and Villa Carlotta – Museo e Giardino Botanico in Tremezzina (Como),
and to the generous Directors of all of the here mentioned institutions, for having granted use of Canova’s works, as well as the space and time necessary to our work.