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Examining ideas of power and contemporary culture, SOLMI – Ship of Fools opens April 18, 2024 in Venice, Italy, concurrent with the 60th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. The exhibition spotlights new and recent video works, large-scale mixed media paintings, pastel drawings, ceramics, oleographic sculpture, and a virtual reality experience, culminating in a “total work” of art, choreographed by Solmi. Using state of the art technology, the immersive, all-encompassing environment also features a monumental holographic projection that creates a mirage within the Palazzo, both creating dialogue with and defying the historical environment in which it is situated. 

The project is guided by the curatorial insights of art historians Dorothy Kosinski, Phillips Collection Director Emerita, and Renato Miracco. In addition to writings by Kosinski and Miracco, catalogue contributions by Larry Ossei-Mensah, Serena Tabacchi, and Davide Sarchioni explore global issues and the powerful impact of ever-changing technology on artistic expression. The presentation is made possible through a partnership with Var Digital Art by Var Group, which is actively engaged in promoting art through digital technologies. The Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation has generously contributed towards the success of this project, and museum support comes from The Phillips Collection.

Presented by The Phillips Collection, Thoma Foundation, and Var Digital Art by Var Group, the exhibition by the Italian artist premieres in the Palazzo Donà dalle Rose.

Exhibition Dates:
April 18th - July 28th

Exhibition Hours:
Tuesday - Sunday
11:00am - 7:00pm
Free Admission


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