Two cultural events will enliven the Carnival on Giudecca Island, both organised by the Il Leone di Plastica association at the Giudecca 795 Art Gallery under the title "Art and Chocolate": the first one is the art show "Maschere d'Artista" (Masks by Artists). The gallery will exhibit non-Carnival masks designed by three artists pursuing very personal artistic journeys -- Maurizio Baccanti, Gloria Deandrea, and Benny Katz -- throughout the Carnival period from 6 to 16 February 2010.
The exhibit opening -- with cups of hot chocolate -- is on 6 February starting at 5:30 pm at Giudecca 795.

Already known by the Venetian public, the styles of Baccanti, Deandrea, and Katz are unique, yet they are similar in their search for distinctive perspectives in themes such as respect for the environment, the life of the theatre, and the world of advertising. The peculiar masks presented by Gloria Deandrea were designed and made for the theatre version of the "Turandot" by Bertolt Brecht. Much bigger than normal size, the masks were worn by the actors as hats and not over their faces, thus exasperating the desired effect of flattening the human shape and cancelling its real image until the actor turns into his or her own "avatar". This search reverses the direction of the traditional quest in visual arts by starting with 3D figures and attempting to convert them into 2D. Baccanti displays his "plastic grins", sculptures between caricature and the grotesque style, and the DVD shows the "do-it-yourself grin". Katz presents his new series of masks, permeated by the zany irony of his sculpture-paintings.

Vernissage of "Maschere d'Artista": 6 February 2010 from 5.30 pm. Free entrance.
Opening hours: from 6 to 16 February 2010, 3 pm - 8 pm and by appointment. 
Giudecca795 Art Gallery, Fondamenta S.Biagio 795 (100 meters from Molino Stucky - Hotel Hilton). ACTV: 41, 42, 2, to the Palanca stop.
Phone: (+39) 3408798327 -
www.giudecca795.com 

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UPCOMING: The second event of "Art & Chocolate" is "Venezia dall'alto -- Venice from Above", a photo exhibit of some of the aerial photos by Giampaolo Agostinelli that make up the photo book of the same title. During the opening on 12 February beginning at 5:30 pm, there will be a presentation of the photo book. Click here for details about the exhibit Venice from Above and about the book