Building on its significant contemporary art legacy, and its proximity to the Biennale, the newly established Giudecca Art District is a new initiative that will both create and link existing contemporary art spaces to establish an art district on the island. 

GAD is a place for critical reflection about the contemporary age, a critical incubator engaged in generating art projects in both indoor spaces and public spaces related to civic engagement. 




a New Humanism


During the 58° Venice Biennale, the Giudecca Art District will host 8 exhibitions, multiple site-specific art interventions in public spaces and programs of talk and performance under the umbrella of the 2019 curatorial programme titled Take Care of Your Garden. Cultivating a New Humanism. 

The title of Take Care of Your Garden is inspired by one of the most famous quotes from Voltaire’s Candide, and focuses on what it means to be human in today’s hyper-globalized world. As in Voltaire’s novel, the garden is a metaphor for our inner life, as a source of emotions and ethical values, which have their origins in our bodies and minds, but which are subsequently projected onto other people. The invite is to cultivate a new humanism in our relationships with others, going beyond national and political borders and acknowledging our shared humanity. Are we really living in “the best of all possible worlds”, as Professor Pangloss tells Candide in Voltaire’s novel? Can art help us build a better one?

GAD will present works by established artists including Yoko OnoKendell GeersKazuko MiyamotoMoataz Nasr, alongside young contemporary artists, in order to present high-quality projects with national and international partners.

For the official launch of the Giudecca Art District on Thursday 9th May, there will be a series of performances, including Body as Home by the October! Collective. The launch event will be followed by two days of talks, performances, and video screenings, to propose a critical view of the current time together with Italian and international artists, curators and intellectuals.


The Giudecca Art District: Launch Programme May – December 2019


GAD's Public Art Program will feature: a new site-specific work by Kendell Geers, "Petals of Blood" and two works by Yoko Ono, "Cloud Piece" (1963) and "Write Your Untold Story", that is a new site-specific version of the work presented for the first time at the 2nd Edition of Something Else - Off Biennale Cairo.


Body as Home by the artist Aleksandra Karpowicz with October! Collective will be the flagship installation of the Giudecca Art District, situated in Project Space 1, curated by Miguel Mallol.


There Are No Titans, curated by GAD and Disruptive Canvases by artists Waseem Marzouki, Gig Depio and Tanner Goldbeck, exhibited in Project Space 2


Tu vs Everybody is organized by the network VILLAM and curated by Anita Calà ed Elena Giulia Rossi, featuring works of several Italian artists including Francesca Arri, Valeriana Berchicci, Stefano Cagol, Fabrizio Cicero, Iginio De Luca, Lamberto Teotino, Carlo Zanni, which will be scattered across the district and in Spazio Bocciofila.


Time Machine, an installation by Pia MYrvoLD and Pavilion 02, a group show organized by Harro Schmidt from Kunsthalle Faust (Hannover, DE) and Tomasz Wendland from Mediations Biennale Poznan + two talk & performance programs: Magmatism curated by Gabriel Mestre Arrioja and Jacek Sosnowski; and Politics of Space  by Arts & Globalization Platform curated by Rikke Jorgensen (including: Awam Amkpa, Jelili Atiku, Malala Andrialavidrazana, Arnaud Cohen, Christian Danielewitz, Gig Depio, Tanner Goldbeck, Paul Goodwin, Kristian Handberg, Valentina Gioia Levy, Enrico Lunghi, Ibrahim Mahama, Waseem Marzouki, Pascale Obolo in the Fabrica H3 SerenDPT former Church of SS. Cosma and Damiano.


Also curated by GAD, the following exhibitions will open over the next few months: We are Humanity, by Lilli Muller and Randi Matushevitz opening in Project Space 2 in June; Liquid Existences, by Kendell Geers, Kazuko Miyamoto, Moataz Nasr and Qasim Riza Shaheen with "La metamorphose de corps liquides" a performance by Anna Mapoubi addressing issues connected with female black body in Project Space 2 in September; the collective show Mediterraneo Mare di Mezzo, from an idea of Luigi Viola in the GAD Gallery.


In addition to the articulated proposal of GAD there will be independent projects: Force Field, a group show of 13 emerging Polish artists (Norbert Delman, Małgorzata Goliszewska, Bartek Górny, Laura Grudniewska, Marta Hryniuk, Kornel Janczy, Tomasz Koszewnik, Dorota Kozieradzka, Magdalena Łazarczyk, Karolina Mełnicka, Maciej Nowacki, Cyryl Polaczek, Stach Szumski)  curated by Ania Muszyńska presented by the Starak Family Foundation at Oficine 800; two exhibitions in the GAD Gallery organised by Studio la Città Gallery. Recursions and Mutations, a group exhibition featuring Vincenzo Castella, Lynn Davis, Jacob Hashimoto, Roberto Pugliese, curated by Hélène de Franchis, from a concept by Jacob Hashimoto and catalog with an essay by Daniele Capra, and After J.M.W. Turner 1834 – 2019, a solo show of Hiroyuki Masuyama.