So, I’m in Venice, accompanying once again. How can anybody work here? Well, this guy, sure, he spends all day on the water. But visitors? I was not at all surprised to bump into one of MM’s colleagues at Piazza San Marco. Who can listen to a bunch of gaseous speeches when Venice is calling?
I have seen most of the basic tourist attractions and will probably get back to them later on. Today I went to the Fortuny Museum, located in the old Fortuny workshops. The current exhibition, « Intuition, » is something I can’t really describe. The pamphlet I picked up is on the pretentious side, so that’s no help. I guess the simplest thing is to say that the work shown plays with dream imagery, with allusion and imagination, and the play of light. Ancient sculpture is placed near new work in a way seems like a dialogue and not at all forced. I thought it was brilliantly curated and suited the building perfectly.
I also went to the European Cultural Centre, where my buddy Brigitte Spiegeler is part of a group show associated with the Biennale. The work ranged from kind of dreadful to stunning. Brigitte, of course, is always stunning.
And, don’t tell my banker, but in my travels I stumbled across the Fortuny shop. I’m not exactly sure what is up with Fortuny. There seem to be a couple of different companies that claim the legacy. I went to the one that does the lamps and prints on velvet and all: basically what you think of when you think of Fortuny.
Anyway, interesting. The city is working hard to remain a living city. Lots to say about that, though I won’t right now. I wish them well.