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NATURA IN POSA – Masterpieces from the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna in dialogue with contemporary photography

November 30th 2019 - May 31st 2020 - FINISHED

A journey to discover still life, through 50 masterpieces – displayed for the first time in Italy – from the collection of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. The exhibition documents how this subject developed between the end of the sixteenth and throughout the seventeenth century in Europe, inviting us to look at one of the most reminiscent genres of European painting.

The exhibition follows both a thematic and chronological path, taking the first steps from the second half of the sixteenth century, with a final selection of market scenes and depictions of the seasons by Francesco Bassano and Lodovico Pozzoserrato, solidly relating to the theme in the Veneto geographical context. The comparison with the Flemish markets of Frederik van Valckenborch and Jan Baptist Saive the old leads the visitor beyond the Alps. It is here above all, in the geographical, cultural and political context of the Netherlands, that these creations specialise and are perfected, declining in different categories, such as scientific still lifes with bouquets, Vanitas or allegories of transience, laid tables, religious Still Life and hunting scenes.

Artists as Jan Brueghel, Pieter Claesz, Willem Claesz Heda, Jan Weenix, Gerard Dou create masterpieces which enchant due to magnificence, creativity and perfection by which executed. A group of Italian Still Life depicts, through the artworks of Evaristo Baschenis, Gasparo Lopez Dei Fiori, Elisabetta Marchioni, the diffusion of this genre in various artistic centres south of the alps.

The exhibition is completed by a selection dedicated to contemporary photography which proves how the Still Life theme is currently present in the shots of some of the most prominent photographers at international level. The selection of these images starts from the idea that photographs are a result of a staging. Every shot is the culmination of conscious actions that want to decline on the need to penetrate the reality and go beyond appearances — consequently moving from Vanitas, capable of misleading by David LaChapelle, to raw and ironic reports by Martin Parr on mass consumption. From magnificent and sensual flowers by Robert Mapplethorpe to portraits of beautiful flowers by Araki, then to a series dedicated to soup bowls by Franco Vimercati ending with the idea of pictorial classicism by Hans Op De Beeck.

30 November 2019 / 31 May 2020
Santa Caterina Complex
Piazzetta Mario Botter, 1 – 31100 Treviso

From Tuesday to Friday 9.00 – 18.00
Saturday and Sunday 10.00am – 7.00pm
Monday closed

Booking and information: Call Center +39 0422 1847320



Full price ticket € 12
Reduced ticket € 10 groups (of at least 10 people), affiliated associations, university students and Fine Arts Academies, members of Associazione Amici dei Musei, Touring Club members, FAI members.

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