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THE ELEGANCE OF THE BLACK SWAN Museo di Palazzo Grimani Venezia, Italia

exhibition edited by Lisa Balasso with Giulia Passante and Alberta Facchi 1


THE ELEGANCE OF THE BLACK SWAN L’ELEGANZA DEL CIGNO NERO In 2016 Venice Design Week started to work with “Polo Museale del Veneto” and has developed an exhibition site specific for the first floor of the Museum of Palazzo Grimani: The Elegance of the Black Swan. The exhibition highlights the topic of diversity that is astonishing. To explain the concept, think of being on the border of a lake with many white swans and suddenly you see a black swan lift off from the water: you are pleasantly surprised! The exhibition includes home accessories, table decor items, and special items that amaze the viewers with their elegance. The selection is edited by Lisa Balasso in cooperation with the curator of the Museum Alberta Facchi and the architect Giulia Passante, working together to associate contemporary design in an ancient luxury environment.

Nel 2016 Venice Design Week ha iniziato a lavorare con il “Polo Museale del Veneto” ed ha sviluppato un un’esposizione site specific per promuovere il design di qualità al primo piano del Museo di Palazzo Grimani e per far scoprire i tesori del palazzo in rapporto con il contemporaneo. L’esposizione è stata denominata: L’eleganza del cigno nero. La mostra mette in evidenza il tema della diversità che soprende nel disvelarsi. Immaginate di essere sul bordo di un lago colmo di cigni bianchi e improvvisamente si alza in volo un cigno nero: si è piacevolmente sorpresi dall’eleganza della scena! Per la mostra sono stati selezionati accessori per la persona, accessori per la casa, elementi di arredo tavola e oggetti speciali che stupiscono gli spettatori con la loro eleganza. La selezione è stata curata da Lisa 4

Balasso, in collaborazione con il curatore del Museo Alberta Facchi e l’architetto Giulia Passante. Il percorso guidato permette di scoprire il palazzo e gli oggetti di design che sono stati ambientati nell’antica residenza destinata a raccogliere le collezioni dei Grimani.


Silvia Frigerio e Mascia Arienti www.lookatthecatatelier.com


Silvia Frigerio e Mascia Arienti www.lookatthecatatelier.com


Mari Watanabe-Sasaki sasawata@hotmail.com


Studio Caravan www.porada.it

Georg Heilmann www.georgheilmann.de


Studio Caravan www.porada.it 9


Studio Caravan www.crvnd.com


Gaetano Di Gregorio www.gaetanodigregorio.com


Andrea Brugnera www.andreabrugnera.it


Claudia Biehne www.biehne-porzellan.de

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Nicola e Tomas di Punto Soave

Thomas Berktold

www.puntosoave.it

www.porzellanwerkstatt.at

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Maddalena Rocco maddalenarocco@gmail.com

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Ana Maria Reque www.anamariarequeart.com

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Anita Cerpelloni www.anitacerpelloni.it

Philippe Bezeau pbezeau@orange.fr


VENICE DESIGN WEEK At its 7th edition, the Venice Design Week (VDW) presents to the public an opportunity to experience and interact with the world of design. The VDW has evolved into a point of reference and meeting where people interested in Design can exchange ideas and grow, bringing home new impulses, contacts and inspiration. This year we celebrate a new contest called Wearable Technologies. Starting with its displays in the Fashion Museum of Palazzo Mocenigo, Wearable Technologies will be one of the main themes for discussions during the meetings on 1st October 2016.

aesthetics and functionality is the most important elements, or “The elegance of the black swan” where extraordinary ideas are transformed into everyday life items.

All around Venice there will be many other exhibitions that explore other fields and aspects of design including interior design, the lighting system, new items designed for efficacy and fashionable jewelry. Innovative approaches coexist with more traditional ones in selected exhibitions such as “Equilibri” where the balance between

Wandering through the Calli and the Campielli (little roads and squares) you can go deep into the atmosphere and encounter with artisans that today are working with traditional and updated methods in order to achieve extreme high quality. Guided tours take place at contemporary design exhibitions where visitors are lead through paths from the roots to

In Venice you can discover multiple aspects of contemporary design and the connection with its historical roots. The Venice Design Week gives you the chance to join an alternative route to the usual touristic paths in order to pay specific attention to the people that run original workshops and showrooms, to discover the real authentic Venice.

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the future of the visions of design. Design enthusiast can find new brands, focused on style or other brands that are trying to overcome new challenges in the interaction of the everyday-life objects. Many young designers have opportunities not only to obtain visibility but also to join workshops and have experience with new approaches or new materials. Design Brands present their research, encounter with new incoming products and preparation for future proposals. The Design Week is a time for meeting in a special atmosphere where the pleasure of beauty is the topic while cocktails are sipped. Plan your VDW in October and choose from the various events, conferences, workshops and meetings with the designers, and critics you will want to attend.


Crediti Direttore VDW Lisa Balasso Marketing Manager Michela Codutti Collaboratori progetto 2016 Guido Battistoni Luigi Lamannis Gaia Bianchi Michiel Elisabetta Di Sopra Laura Manfredi Annalisa Grotto Roberta Guido Greta Marigo Xiaotong Men Amal Moustaoui Federica Santoro Sara Tarantola Martina Tonetti Guided visits / Visite Guidate Chiara Muzio Artsystem Museums / Musei Museo di Palazzo Grimani Polo Museale del Veneto Museo di Palazzo Mocenigo Fondazione Musei Civici Set-up / Allestimenti Weexhibit Darinperego.com

Press Office / Ufficio Stampa Studio ESSECI Partner Fabbrica del Vedere Alumni Ca’ Foscari ICIVenice Fallani Serigrafia Le Stanze del Vetro MAG swiss Hotel Ca’ Pisani Hotel Saturnia & International Hotel Ca’ Sagredo Hotel Hilton Giorgio Girelli Falegnameria L&S italia srl D33 sas Media Partner Giornale dell’Arte Archiproducts Archilovers gioiellocontemporaneo.it Archello Thanks / Si ringraziano Giulia Passante Alberta Facchi Cristina Bottero Monica Calcagno Marianna Serandrei Giovanni di Vito Francesco Da Rin De Lorenzo Carlo Montanaro

Luca Molà Chiara Squarcina Emilia Perego Giovanni di Vito Alberto Liardo Vanessa Trovò Eugenio Farina Maddalena Mometti Ava Cappelletti FabLab Venezia Manelli Hosseini Martina Pelegatti Gabriele Biancotto Monika Mazzola Paolo Andrich Antonio Pintus e coloro che hanno collaborato dal 2010 ad oggi.


VENICE DESIGN WEEK - MUSEO DI PALAZZO GRIMANI 1 - 9 October 2016


Contest Wearable Technologies 2017 deadline 29 May 2017 Museo di Palazzo Mocenigo www.venicedesignweek.it Contest Light = EMOTIONS 2017 7 - 15 October 2017

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deadline 6th June 2017 many Locations

Contest Jewelry Selection 2017 deadline 18th May 2017 Ca’ Pisani Design Hotel

Selection Equilibri 2017 deadline 22th June 2017 many Locations

Selection mathematics AND DESIGN 2017 deadline 15th June 2017 Museo di Palazzo Grimani

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The Elegance of the Black Swan  

Exhibition organized by Venice Design Week edited by Lisa Balasso and Giulia Passante Museo of Palazzo Grimani Venezia 1-9 October 2016

The Elegance of the Black Swan  

Exhibition organized by Venice Design Week edited by Lisa Balasso and Giulia Passante Museo of Palazzo Grimani Venezia 1-9 October 2016

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