Banks was captivated both by the dilapidated and evocative beauty of the artists’ residence where the pavilion was set up as well as by the quality of the works. Stefano Tonchi, editor-in-chief of W magazine, proposed that it become a formula that can tour the globe. Pepi Marchetti Franchi, director of the Gagosian Gallery in Rome, Godfrey Deeny of Le Figaro and Renzo Rosso were among the guests at brunch on opening day.
Maurizio Cattelan showed up the next day. Cattelan is the “patron saint" of the ten young Venetian artists (Thomas Braida, Fabio De Meo, Marco Gobbi, Massimiliano Gottardi, Luca Migliorino, Valerio Nicolai, Barbara Prenka, Valentina Roselli, Caterina Rossato and Serena Vestrucci) who prowled about the busy house and courtyard - happy but slightly disoriented.
Meanwhile, Roberto Zancan, Deputy Editor of Domus, and Carlo Biasia were having coffee and chatting with some of the artists in the living room. That same day, collectors Warly Tomei and Umberta Beretta, Brendon Mahoney from Family Business, architects and ex-directors of Domus Alessandro Mendini and Flavio Albanese, Stefano Chiodi from MACRO, and gallery owner Daniele Balice wandered curiously through the residence rooms...
Linda Yablonsky, contributor to artforum.com and the New York Times said, "I love this community spirit, rooted in a seventeenth-century - yet completely contemporary - context. You’ve managed to transform the digital world into something very real, dare I say material."
Until 24 November 2013
Crepaccio Pavilion at yoox.com
Ca' Soranzo, Campiello dei Calagheri (vicino al Teatro La Fenice)
Vaporetto stop: S. Maria del Giglio o Accademia, Venice