Project by Piero Lissoni
Franchetti Palace - Gardens
23 April - 27 November 2022
Sanlorenzo docks in Venice to once again support contemporary art and participates as the main sponsor of the Italian Pavilion at the 2022 Art Biennale. In parallel with its commitment to supporting the Italian spirit and Made in Italy within this international context, as part of the Biennale's collateral events, presents an installation by Piero Lissoni entitled ARENA in the splendid setting of Palazzo Franchetti.Sanlorenzo will be presenting an installation by Piero Lissoni entitled ARENA in the splendid setting of Palazzo Franchetti.
ARENA consists of a metal platform that reproduces the plan of a Sanlorenzo yacht, secured by stanchions and perimeter dragnets, facing the Grand Canal from the garden of Palazzo Franchetti and at the same time glimpsed when crossing the Ponte dell'Accademia. The entire floor converses with the animated and inanimate elements that surround it, while a series of steps moves the circulation flow on the platform and turns it into a convivial place that relates to its surroundings.a play of steps moves the circulation on the platform and turns it into a convivial place that relates to its surroundings.
The inspiration behind the project is the desire to give a new perspective of the city of Venice to be experienced by its visitors throughout the six months of the Biennale: ARENA will in fact become a meeting and cultural point, where private visits and talks will be organised.
Stepping aboard this abstract yacht will be for the visitor like virtually sailing down the Grand Canal with the city reflected in Sanlorenzo's craftsmanship, experiencing Venice from a different perspective.
"We used metal, a material which is normally used in the construction of boats, to reproduce the plan of a Sanlorenzo yacht. This platform is like an amphitheatre that dialogues with the garden, the palace, the Grand Canal and everything that passes by: a metal sculpture that reveals everything around it."
Piero Lissoni, art director of Sanlorenzo
After having consolidating, over the course of the years, the link with art through collaborations with some of the main players on the international scene, and with the creation of Sanlorenzo Arts as a true producer of culture and design, Sanlorenzo returns to Venice as a key player in the most important event linked to the art world at a global level.