13 May 2015 10.00

An exceptional event took place last week in the Officers’ Club in Venice.

An intense program of cultural activities organized by the Officers’ Club and the communications company Lightbox, concurrently with the inauguration of the 56th Art Biennale, has revolutionized the Club’s image for four days, providing the members with a unique opportunity to meet internationally renowned artists.

The Club’s halls have been the setting for conferences and events and for the unveiling of exclusive artworks which will become part of the permanent exhibitions of the Biennale 2015.

The scheduled events involved famous personalities from the world of contemporary art, such as Chow Chun Fai, Servane Mary, Nino Cais, Ken Matsubara, Vik Muniz, Jonas Mekas, Ibrahim Mahama. Guests were from US, Russia, Kazakhstan, China, Ghana, Brazil, UAE, Japan, Australia, Lebanon, Turkey; besides, of course, Italian artists such as Michelangelo Penso.

Works on display, exclusively shown to the Club’s members, came from art galleries from all over the world; among them: the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, La Fabrique Barbot et Fourniere (France), Triumph Gallery (Moscow), Davidoff Art Initiatives (Basel), Vitraria Glass +A Museum (Venice), Central Galeria de Arte (Sao Paulo), Palazzo Gallery (Brescia), Alberta Pane (Paris), MA2 Gallery (Tokyo).

Particularly popular with visitors of the Club was the unveiling of the work “Lampedusa” by Brazilian artist Vik Muniz, a mobile installation to be presented during Venice’s Biennale, in the form of a giant paper boat which will navigate the Lagoon’s canals during the Biennale days.

Another very popular event was the PRISMA Human Rights Photo Contest. PRISM’s goal was to bring together academic research and media in order to raise awareness about human rights and to reach a wider audience.

Other interesting moments have been the presentation of the book “Out of Bounds” by Ibrahim Mahama from Ghana and the meeting “Love and Sacrifice”, a conversation between Argentinian artist Marcela Cernadas and Venice’s Cultural Heritage’s Delegate and “CarneVale” project’s curator Gianmatteo Caputo.