AUTUMN AT PALAZZO FORTUNY. The Divine Marchesa. Art and life of Luisa Casati from the Belle Époque to the Crazy Years

The exhibition

The Divine Marchesa
Art and life of Luisa Casati from the Belle Époque to the Crazy Years

From October 3rd, 2014 to March 8th, 2015
Palazzo Fortuny, Venice

Venice pays tribute to an extraordinary early 20th-century figure, Marchesa Luisa Casati (1881-1957). The daughter of industrialist Alberto Amman, she married Marchese Camillo Casati Stampa at the age of nineteen, and from 1910 to 1924 lived in the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, later purchased by another outstanding female collector, Peggy Guggenheim.

The entire city was the stage for her masked parties and theatrical outings.
Her extravagant appearance and eccentric lifestyle soon transformed her into a celebrity. Obsessed by the idea of becoming a “living work of art”, the Marchesa was the inspiring muse of the Futurists and of Gabriele d’Annunzio, who nicknamed her “Corè”.

She was immortalised in hundreds of works by different artists, including Giovanni Boldini, Kees van Dongen, Alberto Martini, Giacomo Balla, Fortunato Depero, Léon Bakst, Man Ray and Cecil Beaton.

The exhibition at Palazzo Fortuny intends to document the life of the extravagant lady and recreate the charm and atmosphere of fin-de-siècle Venice, with its mix of Art nouveau elegance and avant-garde stimuli.

Contents about the exhibition can be shared through social networks by using the official hashtag: #marchesacasati


Curated by Fabio Benzi and Gioia Mori
Project of Daniela Ferretti

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