Ellsworth Kelly, Red, Yellow, Blue, 1963. © Ellsworth Kelly.
PROPORTIO is the new exhibition in Palazzo Fortuny during the Biennale di Venezia curated by Axel Vervoordt and Daniela Ferretti, en suite to the highly acclaimed exhibitions from the past Artempo (2007), In-finitum (2009), TRA (2011) and Tàpies, lo sguardo dell’artista (2013). Organised by the Axel & May Vervoordt Foundation and the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, the exhibition will explores the omnipresence of universal proportions in art, science, music and architecture.
Proportions are present in the cosmos, in the natural world and in humans. It can be proven that these proportions are also favoured in art, architecture and music and determine our sense of harmony and balance. Articulated around a series of themes, including the ‘Sacred Numbers’, the Fibonacci sequence, the hypotenuse, Squaring the Circle and Le Corbusier’s Modulor, the exhibition is an invitation to reflect on the dynamic relationship between order and chaos.
PROPORTIO will feature specially commissioned works by leading artists such as Marina Abramovic, Anish Kapoor, Massimo Bartolini, Rei Naito, Michael Borremans, Izhar Patkin, Maurizio Donzelli, Otto Boll, Francesco Candeloro, Riccardo De Marchi and Arthur Duff which will be exhibited alongside existing pieces by Ellsworth Kelly, Sol Lewitt, Alberto Giacometti, Carl André, Agnes Martin, Fausto Melotti, Mario Merz and Francesco Candeloro, as well as some Egyptian artefacts, a series of Dutch Old Master architectural paintings, a portrait by Botticelli and a monumental sculpture by Antonio Canova.
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