The Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation was founded in 1898 shortly after the Biennale of Venice. It owes its name to its founder Felicita Bevilacqua, widow to General La Masa. Felicita Bevilacqua left her family palace, Cą Pesaro, which is located along the Grand Canal, to the City of Venice under the condition that it should be used as a place for artistic culture in the city.
Thus the Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation was founded and rapidly became a point of reference and launching pad for young artists such as Boccioni, Casorati, Semeghini, Gino Rossi and Arturo Martini, to name just a few.
Since its 100th anniversary in 1999, the Bevilacqua La Masa space has hosted exhibitions dedicated to artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Louise Bourgeois, Joseph Beuys, Milton Glaser, Shirin Neshat, Frida Kahlo, Sonia Delaunay, and to the critic Giuseppe Marchiori.
Intended as a space for young artistic research, the Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation continues to pursue its mission after a century of existence. Its goal is to remain true to its founding principles while favouring and welcoming the realization of new and emerging events.
Over the last few years the Foundation's policy has striven to reach three main objectives:
International artists exhibitions in frequent collaboration with Italian and foreign institutions. Including the solo shows of Marlene Dumas (2003), Alex Katz (2003), Roni Horn (in collaboration with the Center Pompidou, Paris, 2004), Lucy and Jorge Orta (in collaboration with the Van Beuymans Museum, Rotterdam, 2005), Karen Kilimnik (2005), Kim Sooja (in collaboration with the Teatro La Fenice, 2006).
Conventions, conferences and meetings among artists and professionals in the field. Including the series Tomorrow Now, beginning with lectures by Derrick De Kerkhove and Lev Manovic and dedicated to digital culture.
Activities concerning young artists in the region via:
- The Young Artists Archives cataloguing the works of young artists, in collaboration with the Viafarini Centre in Milan and the web site Itallianarea.
- The annual Collective Show which celebrated its 90th edition in 2006 with the publication of a catalogue, the distribution of study grants to young deserving artists, and an annual exhibition of the works produced by grant recipients.
- Solo and collective shows of young artists in collaboration with universities, fine art academies, exhibition centres and other Italian and foreign institutions including the Venice Fine Arts Academy, the University of Weimar in Germany, the University of Oakland in California, Indiana University in New York, and the University Iuav of Venice.
- The creation of a small library of contemporary art books and the organization of the Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation's historical archives from 1906 to 2002.
The Foundation strives to be a place of excellence serving the Triveneto area, a privileged observation point for interesting artistic experiences, an incubator of projects involving the local artistic community, and an environment that encourages mediation between national and international realities of the highest standards. Up to now the Foundation's pursuit of its mission and policy has produced various successful endeavours and it is the Foundation's intent to continue its pursuit in an effort to enrich and enhance the various activities and events it offers.
Ca' Pesaro at Venezia
Board of Directors