Magister Canova

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.

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Magister Canova - A journey in Canova's mind

Site-specific installation by Fabrizio Plessi. Photo: Luigi Bussolati (2018).

Moving from the micro to the macro, Magister Canova accompanies the public on a journey of discovery of an inimitable human and artistic itinerary

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.

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COLOPHON

MAGISTER CANOVA
is a project created and produced by
Cose Belle d’Italia Media Entertainment

STEFANO VEGNI
President and Founder Cose Belle d’Italia S.p.A.

RENATO SAPORITO
CEO Cose Belle d’Italia Media Entertainment S.r.l

IN COLLABORATION WITH
Canova Foundation – Antonio Canova Gypsotheca and Museum of Possagno

With the extraordinary participation of
FABRIZIO PLESSI

GIOVANNI SOLLIMA
Musical Dramaturgy

ADRIANO GIANNINI
Narrator’s Voice

CURATORS

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 (Catalogue of Italian Modern Art)

GIULIANO PISANI
Classical philologist and art historian, Accademico Galileiano, Member of the Committee of Guarantors for the Promotion of Classical Culture of the MIUR

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

GIUSEPPE PAVANELLO
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

STEFFI ROETTGEN
Emeritus Professor at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich

JOHANNES MYSSOK
Vice Chancellor of the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf

ANDREA BELLIENI
Curator of the Museo Correr in Venice, Member of the Governing Body of the Foundation of Venetian Civic Museums

LUCA MAZZIERI
Artistic Director

ALESSANDRA COSTANTINI
Executive Director

RENATO SAPORITO
Creative Supervision

RAFFAELE DI VAIO
CORRADO FOGLIA

Architecture and Stagecraft Installation

NICOLA CIVARELLI
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

PAOLO VOTO
Illustrator

EDOARDO PICCOLO
Sound designer

ARIANE MOTTALE and LAURA ORSI
English translations

SUSANNA LEGRENZI
Integrated Communication

DEMIAN CONRAD
Visual Identity

CHIARA GRAZIOSI
Art Direction

CARMEN FUSI
Personal Assistant CEO

TILBE YESIM KUCUKONDER
Assistant Executive Management

SIMONA DENTONE
Project Editing

NICOLETTA PREVOST
Coordination and Institutional Relations

MASSIMILIANO CAMISASCA
Sales Director

SIMONA MANFREDI
FEDERICA GAMBIGLIANI

Events

FRANCESCA FONTANA
General Secretary

BEATRICE ZAGATO
Organisational Secretary

NEXT S.p.a.
GIANLUCA PRINA, VALENTINA BIGICCHI

Production

STUDIO ESSECI DI SERGIO CAMPAGNOLO
STEFANIA BERTELLI

Press Office

INAUGURAL EVENING SPONSOR
Dolomia
Azienda Agricola Paolo Zucchetto Bisol
Pian delle Vette

A warm thank-you also goes to
AGM Contract
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.

A journey in Canova’s mind - Site-specific installation by Fabrizio Plessi (2018)

Photo: Luigi Bussolati

The marble mine (2018)

Photo: Luigi Bussolati

The anatomical precision (2018)

Photo: Luigi Bussolati

The creative process and the Graces (2018)

Photo: Luigi Bussolati

Hercules kills Lichas (2018)

Photo: Luigi Bussolati

The experience of dance (2018)

Photo: Luigi Bussolati

The fable of Cupid and Psyche (2018)

Photo: Luigi Bussolati

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