EXHIBITION AGENDA: TRIBUTE TO THE MARCHESA LUISA CASATI IN VENICE
"The Divine Marchesa. Art and Life of Luisa Casati from Belle Epoque to the spree years"
“I want to be a living work of art,” Luisa Casati Stampa once proclaimed. She got her wish throughout her extravagant lifestyle that delighted European society at early 20th century - wearing live snakes as jewellery or light bulb necklaces, dining with wax-mannequin guests, parading with a pair of cheetahs on diamonds leashes. One of the most significant places in the Divine Marchesa’s life, the Palazzo Fortuny in Venice, is hosting the first important exhibition devoted entirely to her. It features more than 100 works between paintings, drawings, jewels, sculptures and photographs on loan from private collections and international museums.
The exhibition reconstructs - through constant cross-referencing - the social and artistic relationships that filled Luisa Casati Stampa’s life. For half a century she was a living legend, a dark lady, a major art collector and patron and muse of the Symbolists, Fauves, Futurists and Surrealists: an astonishing and disturbing personification of modernity and a life of excess who still inspires artists and leading couture houses today, like Chanel.
A sketch by Karl Lagerfeld and a dress from the Cruise collection 2010 are exhibited at the museum.
Until March 2015
Palazzo Fortuny, San Marco 3958, 30124 Venice
Sketch by Karl Lagerfeld