The Gervasuti Foundation circa 2013
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The Gervasuti Foundation is an alternative collaborative art platform.
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The Gervasuti Foundation’s mission is focused on an innovative experimental Preservation-Through-Change Project, which aims to be both local and international: preserving the uniquely inventive and rich cultural traditions of Venetian history through the promotion and production of interdisciplinary contemporary art practice.

Gervasuti Foundation 2013 | Proudly Sponsored by Elenka and Rossi Impianti

Via Garibaldi
Fontamenta Sant’Ana,
Castello 995
30122 Venezia

Hours:  Tuesday – Sunday: Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closed Mondays.



Gervasuti Foundation opening events in occasion of the 55th Venice Biennale

Gervasuti Foundation opening events in occasion of the 55th Venice Biennale 27th of May 6pm Opening If a DandeLion could talk curated by Adina Drinceanu 28th of May 12pm press preview Whitney Mc Veigh Hunting Song and Gavin Turk Vanacular 6pm Opening: Gavin Turk: Vanacular! and Whitney Mc Veigh: Hunting Song 6,30pm Intervention Joan of Arc / Macao 7,30pm Montefiori Cocktail Live 8pm Harold DeBree Joan’s Carvery Performance (for Joan...

Paolo W. Tamburella / Gondola

PAOLO W. TAMBURELLA GONDOLA Opening 29.05.2013, 6pm Water area opposite Gervasuti Foundation 29.05 – 01.06.2013 Squero del Giunti Castello 364/B 02.06 – 24.11 2013 The Gervasuti Foundation is proud to present Gondola a site-specific research based project by artist Paolo W. Tamburella. Gondola is a work that stems from the Preservation Through Change Project, part of the Foundation’s mission that focuses on an innovative...


IF A DandeLION COULD TALK SIGMA1 / Ștefan Bertalan / Constantin Flondor / Doru Tulcan Exhibition runs from May 27 – June 24, 2013 Curated by Adina Drinceanu Organizer Triade Foundation Project by Adina Drinceanu, Andrei Jecza Programmed to overlap with the 55th edition of the Venice Art Biennale’s, If A DandeLION Could Talk features a large spectrum of artworks, video works and documentary materials of sigma 1, a historic group active...

100 Rooms

“100 Rooms” a photographic exhibition by Vilnis Vitolins The Gervasuti Foundation is proud to present “100 Rooms” curated by Helena Demakova, an exhibition project that marks the first presentation of Vilnis Vitolins’s work in Venice. Vilnis’s photographs are an anthropological documentation of contemporary Latvian culture revealing an intimate portrait of everyday indoor domestic life. His images are imbued with a...


KITO-HEALTH Unit inauguration

KITO-HEALTH Unit inauguration

  The non-profit organization Kito, in collaboration with ICLEI, illustrates to the public the first mobile unit for health emergency, which will be sent to the Philippines to support the population after the recent typhoon: an extraordinary initiative designed by Paola Vecchiato, already presented in the Architecture Biennale at Gervasuti ...

Incompatible Elements / 15 - 20 October at the Maldives Pavilion

Incompatible!Elements Parallel projects of Maldives Pavilion

By Josephine Starrs and Leon Cmielewski Curated by Camilla Boemio
Opening of parallel projects of Maldives Pavilion, Incompatible Elements, by Josephine Starrs and Leon Cmielewski, curated by Camilla Boemio on 15th October at 16.00 pm Period: 15th October / 20th ...

Gervasuti Foundation
Fondamenta S rsquo;Anna, amp;Venice
Opening 15th October at 16.00 p.m.
Period: 15th October / 20th October


Incompatible Elements



If the earth beneath our feet could speak … Incompatible Elements by Australian artists Starrs and Cmielewski, curated by Camilla Boemio, Associate Curator at the Maldives Pavilion, represents the relationship between nature and culture by reconfiguring land as active rather than neutral, verbal rather than mute, and therefore able to comment directly on the impacts of climate change. Building on the long tradition of artists combining text and image to communicate ideas and concepts, poetic texts are digitally embedded into satellite images of landscapes in crisis.


In each digital print and video these texts reveal themselves dynamically, growing out of the landscape in different ways, the text design and method of reveal reflecting the qualities of the landscape.



Leon Cmielewski and Josephine Starrs are Australian artists whose long term collaboration has produced hybrid media art installations that often use play as a strategy for engaging with the social and political contradictions inherent in contemporary life. Their recent work, Chapel!of!Rubber was shown in the arts festival, Cementa13, in Kandos, in midQwestern NSW from February. It was installed in the old nunnery chapel as a shrine to the street machine burnouts that take place in Kandos every January on the Australia Day weekend. Their work is situated at the juncture of cinema, information visualisation, and data mapping, playing off the tensions between the large and small screen, and between information and sublime landscape. Their installation Incompatible Elements, has been been shown several times in Australia and overseas. This version has been newly created for the Maldives Pavilion. Leon Cmielewski is a senior lecturer at the University of Western Sydney.




Maldives Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale28. - 29September 2013

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Theory Tuesday IV: On Codes / Tuesday, September 24th, 7 pm

On Codes at Gervasuti Foundation on Tuesday 24th September, at the J Bar, from 7pm. Followed by dj set by SSSTUXNET.



Contingent Movements Symposium / September 28-29

Contingent Movements Symposium / September 28-29

The Contingent Movements Symposium will take place at the Maldives Pavilion and at the Library of Historical Archives of Contemporary Arts (ASAC) of the Venice Biennale over the 28th and 29th of September...



Some Like It Hot Ukulele: Uku Band & Jasmine Rodgers!

La popolare formazione romana, tra le più apprezzate in Italia nel campo dell’ukulele, arriva alla Gervasuti Foundation con una straordinaria special guest: la figlia del leggendario Paul Rodgers per la sua unica data italiana. Appuntamento domenica 15 settembre A qualcuno piace l’ukulele: Uku Band e Jasmine Rodgers a Venezia! Gervasuti Foundation Music è lieta di offrire SOME LIKE IT HOT UKULELE Uku Band & Jasmine...



Theory Tuesday III: Ping Pong/Philosophy Slam / Tuesday, September 17th, 7 pm

Ping Pong/Philosophy Slam at Gervasuti Foundation on Tuesday 17th September, at the J Bar, from 7pm. Followed by dj set by...



Theory Tuesday II: Dance Theory Dance / Tuesday, September 3rd, 7-9 pm

Continuing Theory Tuesdays at Gervasuti Foundation  Paolo Camia, practitioner and teacher of the Feldenkrais method introduces themes around movement, the body and education. This will be followed by a dj set by SSSTUXNET,...



Theory Tuesday I: ERRARE HUMANUM EST / Tuesdays, August 27th, 7-9 pm

Gervasuti Foundation presents ‘Joan of Art’ Theory Tuesdays, a weekly dialogue about contemporary art and philosophy. The aim of the project ‘Joan of Art: Towards a Free Education System’ is to deliver a free education system, starting from the very basis of what education is: the sharing of information. The very notion of education is being explored so that a new system can be delivered which recognises the value of sharing knowledge...



Leave It in the Ground: showing of Oliver Ressler’s film / Saturday, September 7th at 9 pm

Gervasuti Foundation presents Oliver Ressler’s film Leave It in the Ground.  It will be shown in Maldives Pavilion on Saturday, September 7th at 9...



A Midsummer Night Dream Party / Thursday, Aug 15 @ 7pm

The mortals and fairy queen beckon you to attend…



Live DJ Set Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday @ J Bar

Join us every weekend for a live DJ set at the fabulous J Bar.  Surrounded by neon art, enclosed by black lights, and drinking cold beverages, you won’t find a better summer evening in Venice.  Come to dance and drink starting @  6 pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  During the Foundation’s regular hours, relax in the J Bar’s garden and enjoy the art.



“It’s A Love Thing” / Thursday, Friday, Saturday, July 4-6 @ 6 pm

 International DJ Roblanko from Berlin kicks off three fantastic nights of music and drinks at the J Bar.  The only place on Via Garibaldi (nevermind Castello) to dance and drink with fabulous Roblanko. Join us starting at 6 pm this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Thursday: DJ Paul / Rumania Friday: DJ Roblanko / Lidl Bromance / Berlin Saturday: DJ Isabel /...


Partners & Sponsors

Business Partners and Sponsors

The Business Partners program offers the benefits of Gervasuti Foundation membership to businesses. All Business Partners receive membership cards in their business name and may use the cards for special event, bar, and shop discounts. Business Partners receive Gervasuti Foundation mailings and listing on the Gervasuti Foundation website and in the Gervasuti Foundation Annual Report. Higher levels of Business Partner membership receive additional exclusive invitations for exhibition previews and other special events.

The Gervasuti Foundation thanks its business partners and sponsors for their continuing support.


Interview with Curator-in-Residence Mike Watson

Gervasuti Foundation: Could you describe the project you’ve been working on as curator-in-residence at the Gervasuti Foundation? Mike Watson : Joan of Art: Towards a Free Education aims at creating a new, free education system within the art world, utilizing the spaces and human resources of the art world to offer an alternative to the state system, which is often expensive and limited in the subjects taught. We mistakenly feel...



Gervasuti Foundation offers a seasonal internship program for high school, university students, and recent graduates worldwide who study art, art history or related subject areas who wish to gain practical experience in arts administration, scholarship, and a familiarity with a lively contemporary art program. Our program offers the opportunity to engage with a creative and passionate team and to help propel an international vision that is deeply embedded within the context of Venetian culture. The program for non-Italian citizens and the one for Italian citizens are separate. 

HOW TO APPLY Candidates who wish to apply for the internship, should request further information and application forms from the Gervasuti Foundation by sending an e-mail expressing interest to


Gervasuti Intern Bios 2013:


Valerie Gianni is a Corsican/American visual, performance, and recording artist; focusing on the identification of the self in the contemporary world. Her cathartic experience with creating has enabled a deep connection with her audiences as a inspiring and prophetic voice. While on residency in Mount Subasio, Italy, Gianni created an outdoor installation addressing human's psychological journey set amongst the natural landscape. Her work has been showcased internationally with exhibitions and performances in Chicago, Illinois, Amsterdam, Netherlands, and most recently Assisi, Italy.Follow her work at: & 

Sarah Cornejo is a graphic design and studio arts major from Marymount University in the Washington, D.C metropolitan area. She has expertise in various areas within the design field, including: graphic design, event management, art direction, marketing, copy writing, and branding. Cornejo first came to Italy to attain a masters in arts management and fell in love with the country; especially Venice. She is an advocate for arts in education. Cornejo is currently combing her passion for the arts, design, and Italy, as a co-founder of a start-up called the Itinerant Art Museum; a traveling interactive contemporary art museums targeted for children and families. Support this young start-up and visit: 

Rachel Morrall is a British/American art history major who graduated from The American University of Paris in May 2013. Her area of expertise is the Italian Renaissance. Previously living in Rome when she was seventeen, Morrall is inspired by culture, history, and language; especially French and German. She is passionate about the preservation of culture, finding a significant interest within the field of art history in the Middle Ages. Morrall plans to continue her education with a masters in Renaissance and medieval culture. She came to Venice in order to gain insight to the inner workings of the art world, as this is the route she is pursuing in life.

Lena Manylova originally from Nizhni Novgorod, Russia, is a recent graduate from the University of Bologna, with a master's in Innovation and Organization of Culture. She has lived in Italy since 2008, truly loving food, wine, and traveling. She plans to work in the organization of festivals or open an agriturismo providing artistic residences in Sicily, Italy.