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fri 22 aug - sun 14 dec 2014


Grandeur and Fall in the Art of Venice

Throughout the last 300 years the beauty of Venice – the splendid architecture, the charming alleys, the curving canals with their turquoise lagoon waters – has attracted travellers from all across the world. In their encounter with the city, all tourists are overwhelmed by aesthetic sensory impressions, and this fascination, this syndrome, is the point of departure of Gl Holtegaard’s major autumn exhibition.



New opening hours:

By 22 August 2014 Gl. Holtegaard will have new opening hours:

Tuesday-Sunday at 12-17

Thursday at 12-20


The Venice Syndrome – Grandeur and fall in the art of Venicepresents works by a selection of the many artists who have portrayed this magical city from the 18th century onwards. The exhibition opens with a series of stunningly beautiful cityscapes from the 1700s, the same period where the architect Lauritz de Thurah built Gl Holtegaard. The Italian masters brought to life a dream of Venice, presenting the rest of the world with a city that was both alluring and decadent. During the 19th century the city became a favourite destination for the affluent middle classes and for artists, and the painters of the Danish Golden Age of art were amongst those who set out for Italy. Skovgaard, Marstrand, and Købke were all keenly interested in depicting the places and atmospheres most frequently associated with Venice, but they also homed in on the local citizens of Venice and the dismal conditions affecting many of the city’s poor. The advent of Modernism ushered in a new palette. The dark, disturbing, eerie qualities of the city are brought to the fore, and now the city is characterised by labyrinthic streets where one might easily become lost. Bold, explosive, and strident colours make these works teeter on the brink of kitsch and cliché, reminding us that Venice is also a trivialised city, strongly affected by mass tourism. The exhibition concludes with predictions and discussions on whether Venice is in fact sinking.


Participating artists: Canaletto, P.C. Skovgaard, Wilhelm Marstrand, Christen Købke, J.F. Willumsen, Pipilotti Rist, Palle Nielsen, Dexter Dalwood, Viggo Rivad, Per Kirkeby, Alfredo Jaar.


Thank you: 15. Juni Fonden, A.P. Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fond til almene Formaal, Augustinus Fonden, Knud Højgaards Fond, Aage & Johanne Louis-Hansens Fond, Beckett-Fonden & Søllerød Kunstforening.

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