Palazzo Grimani Museum, Outset and the Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo present Beverly Barkat: Evocative Surfaces at Palazzo Grimani Museum on the occasion of 57th Venice Biennale.
The artist chose the only High Renaissance Palace in Venice for her painting project because of its powerful painterly presence.
Barkat’s paintings displace Palazzo Grimani’s rooms reverberating 16th century decorative cycle while, in the main hall, takes place a site-specific installation inspired by the palace architecture and by the light naturally invading the space.
It features 12 monumental paintings on semi-transparent PVC sheet, hung from the wooden beams of the ceiling and reaching the floor. These works are free to be wafted by the breeze coming from the windows and by the visitors movements.
The sheets are painted in both sides with the same range of color recalling the palace’s interiors. The installation with its transparency, mirroring and fluidity evokes Venetian landscape and essence creating a contemplative space.
A room in Palazzo Grimani rebuilds the artist studio, entering the viewers in Barkat’s practice, characterized by the dialogue with art history and by three-dimensional perception acquired in glassmaking and transposed in painting.
Beverly Barkat’s solo project Evocative Surfaces, collecting all these artistic processes and moreover recalling action painting gestures, aims to give an insight into the work and practice of the visual artist.
Supported by: Outset
Opening Hours: Tue – Sun, 10am –6pm, Free Admission
- Beverly Barkat's installation shots. Photo by Vartivar Jaklian