06.03.2015 - 05.07.2015
Henri Rousseau, La Charmeuse de serpents / The Snake Charmer (1907, oil on canvas), Paris, Musée d'Orsay © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski, by © Sole24Ore
The painter of dreamlike, exotic forests and enchanting and naïf landscapes; the artist who crossed figurative culture between the end of '800 and early' 900 is on display in Venice’s Doge’s Palace until 5th July.
"Henri Rousseau, Il candore arcaico (Archaic candour)" is the name of the solo exhibition which for four months will highlight the poetics and the character of a characteristic and unique author who interpreted the Avant-garde period in a personal way.
More than one hundred works are on display in one of the landmark buildings of the lagoon city, the inevitable stopover for every tourist visiting the Ancient Serenissima Republic. There are eight thematic sections that wind through a continuous comparison between the art which was contemporary to him, that which preceded him and that which followed and which he influenced.
These are paintings from the most important international institutions: forty masterpieces by Rousseau – from the period ranging from 1885 to 1910 –are compared with sixty works by other authors such as Cézanne, Gauguin, from Redon to Seurat, from Morandi to Carrà, from Frida Kahlo to Diego Rivera, from Kandinsky to Picasso. There are also some classics which are useful for investigating the inspiration of Rousseau’s archaism.
"Myself: Portrait Landscape ", "The Poultry Yard", "War or the ride of Discord" are some of the best-known titles on display in the Doge's Apartments, among which there are also the famous wild and stylised jungle depictions such as the "Snake Charmer" or "Horse attacked by a jaguar".
The exhibition also had to include "Portrait of a Woman" displayed in front of "La bouteille de Bass" by Picasso, in a room animated by the recital of the poem that Guillaume Apollinaire dedicated to Rousseau himself. A cognitive and emotional experience at the same time which will continue for all visitors beyond the Doge’s Palace in the beautiful Piazza San Marco, one of the most evocative Italian squares, known throughout the world.
From Sunday to Thursday 9-19; Fridays and Saturdays 9-20
The ticket office closes one hour before closing time
Full price € 13.00
Reduced price € 11.00
Groups of adults (min 15 max 25 people) € 11.00 each