In celebration of the 59th year of the Venice Biennale, Ca’ di Dio hotel, one of the newest hotels in Venice and located in a prestigious position at the entrance to the Biennale, is hosting a series of art exhibitions. This month, the hotel is featuring ‘The Fateful Choice’ by Sculptor Dr Gindi.
For the first time, the International Art Exhibition has been curated by an Italian woman, Cecilia Alemani, and many of the exhibits have a feminine focus, with 90% of female artists featured in the main exhibition, including Dr Gindi. Dr Gindi is one of Switzerland’s top Sculptors, well known for her bronze pieces which often entail an element of surprise. The sculpture named 'The Fateful Choice’ which is currently located in Ca’ di Dio’s courtyard, is a life-size sculpture depicting a solitary female character holding a knife behind her back. The sculpture aims to evoke our imagination. The body language of the naked female figure offers a sense of innocence and vulnerability, we are then enticed to wander around the sculpture to which we are then presented with a knife behind her back. The theme of imagination is present throughout the Venice Biennale with the Curator aiming to ‘give voice to artists to create unique projects that reflect their visions and our society’.
The event is co-hosted by Visual Atelier 8, an art magazine committed to empower artists in the global public interest. The sculpture can be viewed in Ca’ di Dio’s courtyard from 1-29 May.
Ca’ di Dio, the Patricia Urquiola-designed hotel is set in a building with a fascinating history, which dates back to 1272 and has welcomed Crusaders, pilgrims and tourists. The hotel comprises 57 suites and nine Deluxe rooms, spread over three floors. Two internal courtyards are home to the hotel’s Alchemia Bar and Essentia Restaurant, and the indoor-outdoor VERO restaurant looks onto the lagoon. Patricia Urquiola had the aim of creating an original and distinctive concept: a Venetian ‘house’, linked to the history of the city. Although contemporary in style, which is unusual for Venice, each space within the hotel displays careful research into materials, characterized by fabrics, glass, stone and marble, all worked respecting the traditions of local craftsmanship. Set on the Riva Ca’ di Dio and overlooking the iconic lagoon, the hotel is just a short distance from Piazza San Marco.