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Fortuny, a Spaniard in Venice exhibition
at the Palais Galliera
4th October 2017 – 7th January 2018

Art and Culture

Designer Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo (1871-1949), was born in Spain but spent the majority of his life in Venice, where he became famous. His work is the subject of a new exhibition at the Palais Galliera.

With around a hundred pieces from Galliera’s own collections, as well as loans from the Museo del Traje in Madrid and the Museo Fortuny in Venice, it’s a veritable retrospective, with numerous examples of his famous pleated silks.

Here’s all the info.
Exposition Fortuny, un Espagnol à Venise au Palais Galliera du 4 octobre 2017 au 7 janvier 2018After starting his artistic life as a painter (he also dabbled in photography, engraving and designing furniture and lighting), Mariano Fortuny set up shop in Venice in 1888, and his name is still very much associated with the city – there’s even a museum sporting his name there.

Drawing inspiration from his eclectic tastes, Fortuny showed a keen sense of the subtle plays of light afforded by pleated silk, using techniques that would go on to cement his reputation, such as printing with metallic powders.

The designer strongly believed that silk liberated the female form, while also allowing him to reinterpret the styles and motifs of Ancient Greece, the Middle-Ages and the Renaissance. Paying homage to Byzantine, Japanese and Persian influences, his way of marrying comfort and supreme luxury is still impressive today.

Around the exhibition there are at least eight different workshops available for kids (plus one to do as a family), guided visits (including one in sign language), and the catalogue of the exhibition has just been published (256 pages, 250 illustrations, 45€) available here at

Exposition Fortuny, un Espagnol à Venise au Palais Galliera du 4 octobre 2017 au 7 janvier 2018

© Stéphane Piera : Galliera : Roger-Viollet

The exhibition Fortuny, a Spaniard in Venice is at the Palais Galliera (here) from 4th October 2017 – 7th January 2018

Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-6pm (9pm Thursdays). Closed Mondays and public holidays

Admission: 10€ / 8€ / gratuit pour les moins de 18 ans

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