© Douglas Kirkland



The exhibition "The Woman Who Reads" is taking place in Venice at the Ca’ Pesaro, International Gallery of Modern Art, from September 17, 2016 to January 8, 2017.

The seventh edition of Culture Chanel presents the creative universe of Gabrielle Chanel through the prism of her relationship with reading, writing and poetry. From the ancient Greeks to the modern poets, from Plato to Cocteau, Chanel’s well-stocked library reveals the books and writers that inspired her work. Throughout her life, these tomes fueled her imagination, shaping her personality and teaching her how to achieve a form of permanence in her own vision of the world.

Some 350 pieces will go on display in Venice, reflecting, much like a library, the aesthetic language of Mademoiselle Chanel. The exhibition brings together writings as well as dedications, archival material, photographs, paintings, drawings and art pieces from her Paris apartment.

Conceived and designed by Jean-Louis Froment, who has curated the event since 2007, Culture Chanel defines itself as a "collection of exhibitions" relating, through various themes, the history of Gabrielle Chanel and of her House.

Ca' Pesaro
September 17, 2016 – January 8, 2017

Santa Croce, 2076

30135 Venice