Casa dei Tre Oci to Host Photographs by René Burri and Ferdinando Scianna

Words by Carla Ingrasciotta
August 15, 2016

Two autonomous exhibition projects present, on the one hand, 100 images by René Burri devoted to architecture and its protagonists and, on the other, 50 previously unseen shots by Ferdinando Scianna for the occasion of the 500 years since the establishment of the Jewish Ghetto in Venice.

After the success of the exhibition Helmut Newton. Photographs, the Casa dei Tre Oci in Venice resumes its exhibition’s programme with two proposals dedicated to two masters of the history of photography: René Burri and Ferdinando Scianna. From 26 August 2016 until 8 January 2017, the rooms of this Venetian building on the Giudecca island will be hosting the exhibitions “René Burri. Utopia”, curated by Michael Koetzle, and “Ferdinando Scianna. Il Ghetto di Venezia 500 anni dopo”, curated by Denis Curti.

The show of work by Ferdinando Scianna exhibits the photographs taken for the Fondazione di Venezia and specifically realised for the Tre Oci on the occasion of the five hundredth anniversary of the establishment of the Jewish Ghetto in Venice. The two different projects will each follow their own coherent and linear development which will begin with 100 works by René Burri, arranged on the ground floor and the first floor, and will conclude on the second floor with over 50 photographs by Ferdinando Scianna which have never previously been exhibited.

Members of the prestigious Magnum photographic agency, Burri (who became its president in 1982) and Scianna both belong, despite their diversity, to that category of artists who, through the means of photography, express highly personal visions, whether translated into Burri’s passion for recording large political and social changes or into Scianna’s attempt to pinpoint “instants of sense and form” within the chaotic flow of existence.

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