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July 2023 - April 2024

Sala di Psiche, Museum of Palazzo Grimani, Venice

Curated by Daniela Ferretti with Dario Dalla Lana

Promoted by the Veneto Regional Museum Directorate and the Superintendence of Archaeology, Fine Arts and Landscape for the City of Venice and Lagoon

Under the patronage of the Patriarchate of Venice


Ugo Carmeni, Bestiario Veneziano, 2023

Shot in Venice, 2020 - 2023

Edited in Venice, 2023

Edition of 5 + 2AP

10 works:

  • nr.2 of size 100 x 150 cm

  • nr.8 of size 28 x 42 cm

Giclée print, handmade wax finish on surface, mounted on aluminium compound panels and wooden spacer frames

Bestiario Veneziano is part of the Venice Mapping Time project and will be displayed in the Sala di Psiche on the first floor of the Museum. Completing the installation at the end of November will be a new diptych inspired by the Salamandra tra le fiamme (bas-relief recently uncovered), a work created specifically for the Museum.

During the exhibition period over the past few months, I have had the opportunity to explore the building's spaces with greater awareness. Marbles, ancient stones, reflective surfaces, color contrasts, and symbolic figures accompany you at every turn. In this context, the bas-relief of the Salamander attracted my attention and fueled my imagination more than any other element. Its contrasts, formalities, and allegorical antitheses inspired the photographic work I wanted to dedicate to it.

Ugo Carmeni

Sala di Psiche - installation view

The bas-relief Salamandra tra le fiamme


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