Venice has a lively contemporary art scene, partly thanks to these successful art galleries, some of which have been around for over forty years.
5 art galleries in Venice
1) Holly Snapp Gallery
While the artist Geoffrey Humphries divides his time between London and Giudecca, where he has his workshop, his wife manages the gallery that sells his works (and those of other artists), including Venetian landscapes, still-lifes and nudes.
2) Galleria Mastinu Giorgio
This space probably holds the Guinness record for Venice’s smallest art gallery. But fear not: the quality is just compressed into a smaller space. Mainly known for its works on paper, such as drawings, photographs, prints, books and more.
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3) Contini Art Gallery
The Contini Art Gallery has been a fixture on Venice’s art scene for forty years. Nowadays it occupies an impressive five-storey building where artworks by some of the greatest artists of the past and present are exhibited including Fernando Botero, Julian Schnabel, and Christo, just to name a few.
4) Caterina Tognon Art Gallery
This major gallery, in Palazzo Treves, exhibits glasswork, collaborating with artists from the Studio Glass movement. It is one of the main European galleries dedicated to this medium.
5) Galerie Dorothea van der Koelen
Dorothea van der Koelen founded her first gallery at just 19 years of age. She now has a total of three, plus two publishing houses and an art magazine. The Italian branch follows a clear and rigorous programme, with a wide range of events.
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