In occasion of the 58th Venice Biennale Beatrice Burati Anderson Art Space & Gallery is pleased to present, in its venue in Corte Petriana (San Polo 1448) in Venice, a show dedicated to Giovanni Rizzoli’s work: VENEZIA, curated by Bruno Corà and Beatrice Burati Anderson.

After 20 years from his participation in the 48th Venice Biennale in the exhibition dAPERTuttO, curated by Harald Szeemann (1999), Giovanni Rizzoli, a leading representative artist who belongs to the 90s artistic generation in Europe, returns to the lagoon with a show about Venice, a theme both loved and feared by artists. The exhibition VENEZIA illustrates the continuous dialogue between the artist and his own hometown.

Creator of forms through material elements belonging to the essence of Venice, and through the use of transcendent dimensions, the iconographic universe of Giovanni Rizzoli realizes sculptures, paintings and drawings presenting a vision of Venice both personal and universal, hidden and cliché, loved and suffered, but always present in the creative path of the artist’s work, that is able to sublimate the most intimate experiences of his own being.

Giovanni Rizzoli’s way of expression creates an artistic language that is aesthetical, scientific, religious and poetic. In this show the city of Venice seems to turn into a metaphor of his investigation concerning the time-space of infinity and eternity, of life and death, dimensions evocated by the artist through works that are both enigmatic as strongly defined. His poetic brings together opposite forms of expression, achieving both abstract and realistic and morbid elements and showing a vision of Venice through images that are more emotional than descriptive.

Giovanni Rizzoli’s Venice presents itself in a deeper and meaningful essence, impossible to be reduced to a simple physical place: as in the case of VENEZIA, artwork created between 1997 and 2011, that with a summa of evident and poetic elements, acquires and emanates a deep metaphysical dimension.


Preview 7- 9 May 2019. Opening hours: 10:00-18:00

Opening with the presence of the artist 10 May 2019 at 12pm

Exhibition dates: 7 May – 1 August 2019.

Opening hours from 11 May 2019: 10am – 1pm and 3pm – 6pm


The last rope of the Serenissima -

Venezia -

Time -

Venetian sunset -

Mediterranean Sea painting -

Infiniti, infiniti -

Buoy -

Black clown -

Vaso provvisorio (Temporary vase) -

Nest Souvenir -

Clessidra (Hourglass) -

Giovanna and I -

Untitled, trunk -

Mediterranean Sea painting -

Nero di gondola, pittura come madeleine, vaso provvisorio infinito -

Melancholic man under the magic tree -

Mediterranean Sea painting -

Giovanna Tissi -

Mediterranea Sea painting -

Astro -

Forme uniche di continuità nello spazio (forcola) -

Enchantment -

Mediterranean Sea painting -

Mediterranean Sea painting -


Giovanni Rizzoli

Giovanni Rizzoli was born in Venice in 1963; after the primary and lower secondary school and the first year of classical studies in high school in Venice, he lived his adolescence between Canada and Switzerland, attending Stanstead College in Québec, and at the École Nouvelle de Chailly in Lausanne. Between 1984 and 1985 he attended the Sotheby’s Works of Art Course in London, and from 1985 to 1987 he followed courses, also in London, at the Architectural Association and at the same time, for a brief period, at City and Guilds. In 1988 he lived in New York, where he frequented some of the leading artists of the time, including Not Vital, Saint Clair Cemin, Salvatore Scarpitta and Louise Bourgeois. While in New York he also attended a course in traditional Japanese painting. After returning to Italy, in 1991 he graduated in the History of Medieval Art at the Università Ca’ Foscari of Venice. He taught at the New York University in its Venice and New York premises.

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