In May 2019, Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia presented a major exhibition of the work of Arshile Gorky at Ca’Pesaro International Gallery of Modern Art. Curated by Gabriella Belli and Edith Devaney, in collaboration with The Arshile Gorky Foundation, this exhibition examined the stages of Gorky’s remarkable career from his earliest works during the 1920s, through to the culmination of his autodidactic study of modern masters and movements, to the point where the elements from these various stimuli explicitly coalesced into Gorky’s singular and powerful vision.
In addition to paintings, the exhibition included a selection of Gorky’s works on paper, which demonstrate his remarkable draughtsmanship. All works were borrowed from significant international institutions and private collections: among the lenders, the Tate London, the National Gallery of Art of Washington, DC, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, The Centre Pompidou of Paris, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza of Madrid, the Israel Museum of Jerusalem. The exhibition included 83 works (listed below).
A fully illustrated catalogue, including essays by the curators as well as Saskia Spender, President of The Arshile Gorky Foundation, accompanied the exhibition, with texts in both English and Italian.
Installation photographs (pictured above) by Lorenzo Palmieri, courtesy of Hauser & Wirth. To view a comprehensive record of the exhibiton, including a list of the displayed works, consult the show's record in the Arshile Gorky Catalogue Raisonné.