Museo Fortuny

Past exhibitions

EXHIBITION Joan Fontcuberta. Cultura di polvere

January 24, 2024

In 2024 Palazzo Fortuny renews its exhibition programme of contemporary photography by presenting one of its most important exponents, Joan Fontcuberta (Barcelona, 1955). A series of photographs that emerge from the encounter between the physical concreteness of the material and Fontcuberta’s visionary character […]


October 7, 2023

Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia and Oculus Foto Festival (OFF) present, in collaboration with the European Month of Photography (EMOP) festival, a selection of emerging European artists who propose a reflection on the contemporary representation of nature and identity […]


May 5, 2023

The exhibition presents ten previously unseen paintings by Giovanni Soccol, which together create a space defined by a sustained rhythm that brings unity to the whole, the subject are ten architectural symbols overlooking the Grand Canal […]

YUN HYONG-KEUN. A retrospective

May 11, 2019

From 11 May 2019 at Palazzo Fortuny the first European retrospective dedicated to one of the most important post-World War II Korean artists. […]

THE FORTUNY. A family story

May 11, 2019

The exhibition aims to partially reconstruct Mariano Fortuny’s collection, whose importance lies in its artistic and cultural value ​​but also the sentimental familial significance of bringing together in Palazzo Fortuny’s some of the most important items that made up the collection. […]

Exhibition FUTURUINS

December 19, 2018

From 19 December at Palazzo Fortuny in Venice, an exhibition dedicated to the aesthetic of ruins as crucial element in the history of Western civilisation […]


March 24, 2018

A new journey within the 20h century from the earliest decades with works that date back to the founding moment of Modernism. At Palazzo Fortuny from 24 March. […]


March 24, 2018

Discover a great and heartfelt tribute to Zoran Music, protagonist in “Spring at Palazzo Fortuny” 2018. Find out more […]

INTUITION | Exhibition

May 13, 2017

Co-produced and designed by the Vervoordt Foundation for the evocative spaces belonged to genius Mariano Fortuny, the exhibition is the last project of a collaboration lasting a decade. The brand new exhibition project crosses the centuries, from the ancient to the present-times, to investigate the concept of intuition. Click and find out more […]

THE CADORIN BOTTEGA. A dynasty of Venetian artists

October 26, 2016

from 26 November 2016 to 27 March 2017 Venice, Palazzo Fortuny _ The epic deeds of a family under the aegis […]

QUAND FONDRA LA NEIGE, OU IRA LE BLANC. Contemporary collecting at Palazzo Fortuny

June 4, 2016

The international contemporary scene is on show at Palazzo Fortuny from June 4 to October 10 with artworks from thee great Enea Righi Collection. Find out more […]

HENRIETTE FORTUNY. Portrait of a muse | Winter at Palazzo Fortuny

December 19, 2015

A tribute to a woman who, by her intelligence and sensitivity, succeeded in supporting and inspiring one of the most refined artists of the past century. Click to discover the exhibition […]

SARAH MOON. A tribute to Mariano Fortuny | Winter at Palazzo Fortuny

December 19, 2015

The highly personal and visionary style of Sarah Moon, the intensity of her gaze and the poetry of her images could not have found a more fitting venue for exhibition than the fascinating and empathetic setting of Palazzo Fortuny. Discover more […]

IDA BARBARIGO. Herms and Saturns

December 19, 2015

Seductive and enigmatic Ida Barbarigo presents a selection of works from two series made over two decades, between 1980 and the end of the 1990s, at Palazzo Fortuny, in an exhibition curated by Daniela Ferretti. […]

ROMAINE BROOKS. Paintings, drawings, photographs

December 19, 2015

Beatrice Romaine Goddard was one of the most representative figures of the artistic scene of the 1920s. Retrace her whole artistic experience through this new exhibition. Click to find out more […]

PROPORTIO | Exhibition

May 9, 2015

This exhibition cuts across the centuries and different disciplines exploring that universal value which since ancient times has been the number of divine proportion, as defined in a treatise by Luca Pacioli, illustrated by Leonardo and printed in Venice in 1509. The exhibition is a new way to discover the unit of measurement able to give all things their inherent harmonious dimension. […]

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

October 4, 2014

The exhibition in 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 […]

12_Glas Italia in Venice

From June 4 to July 14, 2014

Organised by Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia and Glas Italia, the exhibition presents glass designed works by 12 International designer, simultaneously on display at Ca’ Pesaro and Palazzo Fortuny […] […]

SPRING AT PALAZZO FORTUNY. Anne-Karin Furunes. Shadows

From March 8 to July 14, 2014

In Shadows,Furunes draws inspiration from the portraits of some ladies who used to visit Palazzo Pesaro degli Orfei and who were photographed several times by Mariano Fortuny […]

SPRING AT PALAZZO FORTUNY. Dora Maar. Despite Picasso

From March 8 to July 14, 2014

Dora Maar liked to alternate experimental photography with commercial work. She produced portraits, nudes, advertising photographs, photomontages and many “street” images […]

SPRING AT PALAZZO FORTUNY. Barbara Paganin. Open Memory

From March 8 to July 14, 2014

Barbara Paganin’s work begins with a search among the antiques shops of Venice to find these little objects, which one could imagine were once jealously guarded in some child’s “treasure casket”. […]

SPRING AT PALAZZO FORTUNY. Ritsue Mishima. Tras Forma

From March 8 to July 14, 2014

The thousand-year-old tradition of making glass in Venice, seen through the lens of Ritsue Mishima’s Japanese culture, results in works forming a highly contemporary alphabet. […]

SPRING AT PALAZZO FORTUNY. The amazons of photography from the collection of Mario Trevisan

From March 8 to July 14, 2014

The exhibition presents a significant anthology of original photographs, produced by some of the leading and most famous women photographers of the 19th and 20th centuries, offering a historic and linguistic overview of the medium […]

TAPIES. The eye of the artist

From June 1 to November 24, 2013

A year after the death of the brilliant Catalan artist, a key exponent of international informal art, the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia and Vervoordt Foundation pay tribute to him through a fascinating exhibition aiming to reveal the profound essence of the art produced by this major figure in 20th century art […]

MIRCO MARCHELLI. Silent scene for low clouds

From February 9 to April 8, 2013

The “Fortuny and Wagner” exhibition at Palazzo Fortuny boats the contribution of an Italian contemporary artist, Mirco Marchelli. He presents in this occasion a musical installation and a series of paintings and sculptures entitled “Silent scene for low clouds”. […]


From December 8, 2012 to April 8, 2013

From December 8th 2012 to April 8th 2013 – The result of a long research on the iconographic and aesthetic influence of Richard Wagner and the ‘Wagnerism’ on the visual arts in Italy between the end of the 19th century and the early decades of the 20th […]


From September 1 to November 19, 2012

“Risonanze” is Helg first exhibition in an Italian Museum. It includes a selection of twenty-four colour works, many of them are unreleased photographs, specially created by the artist for Palazzo Fortuny. […]


From September 1 to November 19, 2012

The exhibition documents the œuvre of Franco Vimercati (Milan, 1940-2001) through the presence of over 100 of his works. Concentration and sequences of images are the peculiar aspects of his work. […]


From September 1 to November 19, 2012

Visitors can enjoy a full approach to the poetic elements of Maurizio Donzelli’s work, always focused on the concept of drawing, the discovery of images, the observer’s unavoidability in the definition of work of art, in the relation between light and colour […]


From September 1 to November 19, 2012

A refined and never commonplace artist, Annamaria Zanella presents a wide-ranging selection of her most recent creations at Palazzo Fortuny. Materials of jewellery are transformed into precious forms and geometries narrating fragments of the artist’s personal life, going beyond the mere function of ornament. […]

SPRING AT PALAZZO FORTUNY. Diana Vreeland. After Diana Vreeland

From March 10 to June 25, 2012

This is the first major exhibition to be dedicated to the extraordinary and complex personality of Diana Vreeland (Paris 1903–New York 1989) […]

SPRING AT PALAZZO FORTUNY. Waxing eloquent. Italian Portraits in Wax

From March 10 to June 25, 2012

The world’s first exhibition on wax portraits will analyse a field that has been studied very little by art historians: that of life-size wax figures […]


From June 4 to November 27, 2011

“TRA. Edge of Becoming” took place during the Biennale of Venice of 2011 and was again a huge success. TRA brought together the rich legacy of Mariano Fortuny, the wabi inspirations of Axel Vervoordt, the reflexions of the economic thinker Bernard Lietaer, the scientist Eddi de Wolf and the architect Tatsuro „Taro‟ Miki, and aimed to create an aesthetic, intellectual and enlightening experience which encouraged the visitor to read the world through art.


From March 5 to May 8, 2011

An unpublished visual-narrative journey set in Venice during the Second World War, created by photographer Paolo Ventura (Milan, 1968), who lives and works in New York. […]

ROBERTA DI CAMERINO, The Revolution of Colour

From March 5 to May 8, 2011

The Revolution of Color) that is, the “total look” of clothes, but above all of accessories, through which the great Venetian stylist Giuliana Coen (1920) – married name Camerino, and in art Roberta (after the film that included the song “Smoke gets in your eyes”, which always stirred deep feelings for her) – is recognized for having effected a genuine revolution in the 1950s: the celebrated “revolution of colour”. […]


From March 5 to May 8, 2011

Genetic Circuit. RSBP Is the title of the exhibition by the Venetian artist Michelangelo Penso (1964): a series of works created between 2009 and 2011 developing the research, based on scientific observation of the universe, which characterises his most recent work. […]


From September 4, 2010 to January 9, 2011

Forty large images by Luca Campigotto (Venice, 1962), offer a journey through nature as a path of initiation and necessity of a photographer’s work, amidst historical references and evocations of films. […]


From September 4, 2010 to January 9, 2011

The exihibition presents an extraordinary series of rare Delphos, the legendary clothes in plissé (finely pleated silk), together with capes, cloaks, costumes and accessories, from American private collections. […]

GIORGIO VIGNA Different Natures

From September 4, 2010 to January 9, 2011

A site-specific project developed by Giorgio Vigna (Verona, 1955) especially for the Wabi-Sabi in the middle of the third floor of Palazzo Fortuny. Once again, experimentation with the potential of materials – glass, copper and gold as well as waste materials – are at the helm of the artist’s research, in which the natural and artificial, the highly imaginative and the sublime meet and clash in works that are suspended somewhere between the possible and imaginary. […]


From September 4, 2010 to January 9, 2011

Nuala Goodman (Dublin, 1962), who combines fashion, design and painting to reinterpret furniture, objects, and carpets with her flock-printed fabrics (flock-printing is a technique used to achieve a velvet effect on different surfaces with the application of other fibres, with different results and patterns), refinished by hand. […]


From September 4, 2010 to January 9, 2011

Already anticipated by some of the artist’s works on display or “scattered” around the first floor, the exhibition covers all the vast space of the Museum’s second and shows large-sized canvases together with sculptures and other smaller sized works conceived by Marco Tirelli (Rome, 1956) especially for the museum. […]


From September 4, 2010 to January 9, 2011

Twentyone still lifes by Giorgio Morandi (Bologna, 1890 – 1964), some of which are from private collections and are on public display for the very first time. “Silent and humble” paintings in which the colours “vibrate with a slightly subdued brilliance that seems to come from within … a style of painting that belongs perfectly in the perceptive and mental space between the visible and invisible” (Francesco Poli, from the exhibition catalogue). […]

ALBERTO ZORZI Unicum – Jewellery and Silvers 2000-2010

From September 4, 2010 to January 9, 2011

Eighty unique pieces by Alberto Zorzi (Padua, 1958): jewellery-sculptures (gold, silver precious stones, oil paintings, glass), as well as six large pieces of silverware that initially appear to be for decorative purposes only but actually have a function, “turning out to be” vases, fruit bowels or table centre pieces. […]


From March 27 to July 18, 2010

The exceptional nucleus of armour, helmets and accessories of the Koelliker collection in Milan. The war-garments of the Samurai – the powerful military caste that ruled Japan for seven centuries – were always considered, even in peacetime, an important sign of authority and of social condition, leading to the creation of armour of amazing beauty, enriched by superbly crafted ornaments. […]


From March 27 to July 18, 2010

CITY OF CITIES is a site-specific installation by Francesco Candeloro (Venice, 1974), articulated in a series of large works – sheets of plexiglass of two metres cut by laser and printed with UV rays -, in which the themes of architecture, the city and the environment are linked to photography, sculpture and signs, creating a route/labyrinth. Visitors will be able to travel between the various cities, from Seoul to New York, passing on to Europe via Lisbon, London, Kassel, Palermo and other cities, ending with Venice. […]

ROBERTO CAPUCCI at Palazzo Fortuny

From March 7 to May 4, 2009

Roberto Capucci and Mariano Fortuny: artistic forms and ideas.
Mariano – painter, set designer, inventor of lights and costumes, alchemist of fabric prints; Roberto – artist-architect, creator of complex forms for exhibitions, created with the techniques of clothing but conceived as sculptures. […]

A WORLD OF PAPER - Isabelle de Borchgrave encounters Mariano Fortuny

From March 15 to November 16, 2008

Including clothes, accessories and trompe-l’oeil creations, the eighty-plus pieces in this show are all made of paper by the Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave (Bruxelles, 1947).
The exhibition also offers an unusual account of the world of Mariano Fortuny, with the evocative works organised within his palazzo-museum to illustrate episodes in his life and his significance for figures such as D’Annunzio and Proust. Spread over all three floors of the Museum, it comprises a number of three-dimensional models and the recreation of atmospheric settings. […]

TECH-TILE Stephen Bottomley

From December 15, 2007 to March 2, 2008

After Artempo, Palazzo Fortuny re-opens. At the first floor, the collection of paintings, precious fabrics and lamps evoke the work of the artist who lived and worked here.
From 14 December to 2 March, the space will also house Tech-Tile, with twenty or so extraordinary works by the English artist Stephen Bottomley, whose creations are an original form of homage to Mariano Fortuny himself. […]

Maria Grazia Rosin - GELATINE LUX

From December 15, 2007 to March 3, 2008

Laid out on the ground floor of Palazzo Fortuny, these thirty-five site specific works by master glass-blowers from Murano are organised within a fluctuating system of sounds to form a large installation that explores the themes of light and water.
Suspended luminescence, they bring synthetic materials and silicones together with light, LED and fibre optics. They are introduced by Ganxi, a large, illuminated curtain in hand-crafted boro-silicate glass. […]

ARTEMPO - Where Times Becomes Art

From June 9 to November 5, 2007

It examines the relationship between art, time and the power of display, representing a breadth of cultures and periods and featuring over 300 objects ranging from rare archaeological materials to contemporary installations.

The work of over 80 artists will include Francis Bacon, Alberto Burri, Lucio Fontana, Alberto Giacometti, James Turell, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol. […]

IDA BARBARIGO - Terrestrials

From September 2 to December 10, 2006

The show comprises around 200 recent works by the Venetian-born artist, drawn mainly from her own studio collection. Produced between 2003 and 2006, they reflect the latest phase in her art, which has focussed on the representation of humankind’s vital energy. […]


From December 18, 2005 to February 28, 2006

The thirty-five panels, the films and ‘magic boxes’ – that is, three-dimensional reconstructions, with models and dioramas – all illustrate the main themes in Hugo Pratt’s work. […]

FORTUNY: THE ARTIST’S EYE - Panoramas, portraits and other visions

From December 17, 2005 to January 7, 2007

Mariano Fortuny’s atelier is once more opening for the public, with an exhibition which covers not only the period in which the artist lived but also the very special way Fortuny saw the city of Venice when he first moved here, in the early years of the twentieth century. […]


From June 11 to November 6, 2005

The exhibition, curated by Dominique Païni, is organised in concomitance with the 51st Venice Visual Arts Biennale and with the collaboration of the Venice Museum Authority and Baudoin Lebon, Paris. […]

Shoah, l’infanzia rubata

From January 10 to January 27, 2005

Shoah l’infanzia rubata at Palazzo Fortuny […]

SENZA POSA - Quaranta immagini di Alessandara Chemollo e Fulvio Orsenigo

From October 8 to November 7, 2004

Quaranta immagini di Alessandra Chemollo e Fulvio Orsenigo […]

VIVEREVENEZIA3__in the labyrinth

From September 3 to October 3, 2004

viverevenezia3__in the labyrinth, at Palazzo Fortuny […]


From June 5 to July 4, 2004

This show at Palazzo Fortuny follows on from that at the Palazzo Te in Mantua.
Concerned with the relation between these two cities, it is well suited to the setting provided by the museum dedicated to the eclectic Spanish artist. […]


From April 4 to May 27, 2004

Curated by Cristiano Seganfreddo and Daniele Sorrentino, in collaboration with LipanjePuntin artecontemporanea

MARIANO FORTUNY: JOURNEY TO EGYPT - An Artist's Photographic Notebook

From March 27, 2004 to May 15, 2005

More than sixty fascinating images; previously unpublished, these were taken by the artist during a visit to Egypt in 1938.
Selected by Silvio Fuso and painstakingly printed by Giorgio Molinari using special techniques, the pictures come from the valuable collections of the Museo Fortuny.
The exhibition, designed by Daniela Ferretti, is being held in the remarkable setting of Fortuny’s own studio, on the first piano nobile of the palace. […]

La Biennale di Venezia. 50° Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte, Lituania

From June 15 to November 2, 2003

Padiglione Lituania […]

La Biennale di Venezia. 50° Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte, Croazia

From June 15 to November 2, 2003

Padiglione Croazia – Boris Cvjetanovic (1953-) and Ana Opalic

Angiola Churchill – Beyond the Garden

From April 5 to May 11, 2003

Curated by da Annamaria Orsini Cammarata […]

Vasi Comunicanti, Paesaggi della grafica contemporanea

From October 13 to December 8, 2002

Organized by Comune di Venezia, Beni e Attività Culturali, in collaboration with Studio Camuffo and Fondazione Querini Stampalia […]

Brasil Connects Venice - 49° Biennale d'Arte

From June 7 to November 4, 2001

A project by Germano Celant

Mariano Fortuny

From December 11, 1999 to November 5, 2000

This exhibition was intended to remind, fifty years after his death, one of the most emblematic of our century: Mariano Fortuny y Mandrazo. Eclectic and versatile artist, fashion designer and creator of extraordinary fabrics, creator of a reform that revolutionized the theater lit up technique. […]