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Dysfunctional - Cà d’Oro, Venezia - Italy  (ph: courtesy Carpenters Workshop Gallery)

| Designbest editorial staff


ith over 50 works of art by 23 different artists and designers, Dysfunctional is an immersive exhibition on collectable design. Held at Ca’ d’Oro in Venice in the gallery of the collector Baron Giorgio Franchetti, to mark the 58th edition of the Biennale, Dysfunctional is set up by the Carpenters Workshop Gallery in collaboration with the Gruppo Lombard Odier.

Galleria Giorgio Franchetti is housed in a late gothic “palazzo” that faces onto the Canal Grande, one of the few that has managed to preserve the original structure of a typical Venetian building that combines a private home with a warehouse. Here in a bewitching setting, pieces by the contemporary artists of the Carpenters Workshop Gallery are put on display beside marble mosaic flooring, sculptures as well as Flemish and Renaissance paintings (such as frescoes by Titian and works of art by Mantegna).

So, a forest of lights by Nacho Carbonel with the organic sculptures Inside a Forest, the archetypal installation Ode by Vincenzo De Cotiis, the sole Italian artist present, as well as Virgil Abloh’s functional interpretation of the lagoon are spotted beside priceless sculptures by Bernini and Francesco Guardi’s view of Venice.

Dysfunctional is an authentic vibrant itinerary that blurs the boundaries between art, architecture and design. An unmissable experience, it shines a light on historic Venetian artists and craftsmen and prompts you re-evaluate the conventional relationship that exists between shape and function, bygone times and contemporary style.


When: until the 24th November 2019

Where: Galleria Giorgio Franchetti, Cà d’Oro di Venezia, Venice, Italy


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