July 1, 2020

Helen Frankenthaler at the Museo di Palazzo Grimani

During the 58th Venice Biennale, the Museo di Palazzo Grimani hosted an exhibit of 14 paintings by Helen Frankenthaler highlighting the development of her technique with large, panoramic paintings
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Museo di Palazzo Grimani

When visiting Venice for the 58th Venice Biennale I had no idea what to expect (seeing it was my first time) and was completely blown away when I discovered that the palaces from the old Venice families (the ones I imagined likes of the Medici’s living in, in art history class) now serve as museums/galleries. 

Courtyard leading to the Museo di Palazzo Grimani
Museo di Palazzo Grimani

The juxtaposition of old and new world is absolutely divine, and this Palazzo is “the only Renaissance Roman mannerist-inspired house in Venice.” (source). The property was owned by Antonio Grimani, who became a doge in 1521, and it became a museum in 2008.  

Helen Frankenthaler at the Museo di Palazzo Grimani
Helen Frankenthaler at the Museo di Palazzo Grimani
Museo di Palazzo Grimani

About the Exhibition - Pittura/Panorama

During the Biennale the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Venetian Heritage, and Gagosian teamed up to bring this exhibition of Helen Frankenthaler works to this incredible space. 

Helen Frankenthaler at the Museo di Palazzo Grimani
Helen Frankenthaler at the Museo di Palazzo Grimani
“Curated by John Elderfield, Pittura/Panorama features fourteen paintings covering a forty-year span of Helen Frankenthaler’s career.” (source
Helen Frankenthaler at the Museo di Palazzo Grimani
“The exhibition focuses on the artist’s development of the pittura (painting) and the panorama: the interplay between works like easel paintings, although made on the floor, and large, horizontal paintings that open onto shallow but expansive spaces, in the way that panoramas do.”  (source
Helen Frankenthaler at the Museo di Palazzo Grimani
Helen Frankenthaler at the Museo di Palazzo Grimani
Helen Frankenthaler at the Museo di Palazzo Grimani
Helen Frankenthaler at the Museo di Palazzo Grimani
“Helen’s paintings of the early 1990s bring to a climax her creation of big, wide, painterly canvases, more dramatic and atmospheric than any she had done before. As such, they look back to the roots of painterly painting in Venice in the 16th century, while being utterly her own, modernist compositions.” - John Elderfield (source
Helen Frankenthaler at the Museo di Palazzo Grimani
Helen Frankenthaler at the Museo di Palazzo Grimani
Helen Frankenthaler at the Museo di Palazzo Grimani

Concurrently, Gagosian hosted an exhibition of paintings by Helen Frankenthaler in Rome, during this time. 

Helen Frankenthaler at the Museo di Palazzo Grimani
Helen Frankenthaler at the Museo di Palazzo Grimani
Helen Frankenthaler at the Museo di Palazzo Grimani

Below is a video where John Elderfield (curator) and Elizabeth Smith (executive director of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation)  where they discuss the works of Helen Frankenthaler

Museo di Palazzo Grimani


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