• Maria Malichoutsaki

Visiting ‘Untitled, 2020’ at Punta della Dogana

Updated: 3 days ago

Weekend in Venice, sunny day, but still in a museum-visit mood?

Here’s my suggestion on how to spend your weekend if you happen to be around Venice and you need your daily art-dose.


Lorna Simpson, Woman on a snowball, 2018, Untitled, 2020, Punta della Dogana. Photo: Malichoutsaki

The artist’s studio in Tadao Ando’s cube room. Photo: Malichoutsaki

A few days ago, I visited the ongoing exhibition Untitled, 2020: Three perspectives on the art of the present at Punta della Dogana here in Venice. It was the first-time visiting Punta della Dogana space and I found myself being positively surprised. The dialogue between the industrial architecture of the building and the contemporary artworks creates a remarkable experience for the visitor.

The exhibition is curated by Caroline Bourgeois, Muna El Fituri, and Thomas Houseago and is structured in 18 rooms presenting works by more than 60 artists. The exhibition was designed especially for the spaces of Punta della Dogana and that’s a fact that gives a great dynamic to the dialogues created between the works in each room but also the dialogue between the rooms. These dialogues create an emotional, visual, and sensory experience for the visitor.

Installation view "Untitled, 2020". Photo: Malichoutsaki

The narrative of the exhibition follows the grouping of the exhibits in thematic rooms. Some of the themes that we meet during our visit are: Sex, Death, Mourning, Ice, Utopia, Love is the message, Loss, and more. All of them definitely thought-provoking.

The selection of the artists displayed creates a strategic puzzle that evokes some continuous tension to the visitor. One of the highlights of the exhibition is the recreation of Thomas Houseago’s artist’s studio in Tadao Ando’s cube room, located in the heart of the visitor’s path. In this site-specific installation, the visitor has the chance to discover the artist’s library, the sources of his inspiration, and the exhibition’s brainstorming board.

Tip: Don’t forget to visit the terrace in order to enjoy the amazing panoramic view (and post some Instagram stories of course), have a quick stop for a macchiato and a bite in the museum’s café, and do some shopping at the museum store that is located in the same space.

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Punta della Dogana

Dorsoduro 2, Venice

Vaporetto: Sant’Angelo (line 1)

The exhibition runs from July 11th – December 13th, 2020

Open Every day except on Tuesday

From 10am to 7pm (Last entry at 6pm)

General entrance: 15€ (reduced price: 12€)


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