Contemporary Dialogues with Tintoretto

opening 19.10.2018

dates 20.10.2018 – 07.01.2019


On the occasion of the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the birth of Jacopo Tintoretto, in a project designed to underline the modernity and innovative power of his painting, Zuecca Projects presents “Contemporary Dialogues with Tintoretto”.


The exhibition, curated by Ludovico Pratesi and hosted from October 19, 2018, to January 07, 2019, is focused on the dialogues between Tintoretto’s masterpieces preserved at Palazzo Ducale, Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca’ d’Oro and Gallerie dell’Accademia, with the artworks by leading contemporary artists influenced, for attitude and style, by the Master.


Tintoretto was, in some ways, an unconventional artist for his time, as Vasari already noted and written about him:

…but in the matter of painting swift, resolute, fantastic, and extravagant, and the most extraordinary brain that the art of painting has ever produced, as may be seen from all his works and from the fantastic compositions of his scenes, executed by him in a fashion of his own and contrary to the use of other painters“.


The exhibition “Contemporary Dialogues with Tintoretto” investigates how the artistic practice of the Venetian painter, “contrary to the use of other painters” from his period, is in relationship with the contemporary one.

500 years later the birth of Tintoretto, in his city that keeps most of his masterpieces, we want to open a direct dialogue between the works of the Venetian master and those of the selected contemporary artists.


Which characteristics from Tintoretto’s painting have crossed the centuries and are still vivid in contemporary artistic practice? How does his “extravagant painting” is linked to what artists create today? How have those experiments evolved? Have they been fruitful for contemporary art or have they dried up and lost in the intricacies of art history?

The best answers can be found in the artworks, in their similarities and differences, in their thematic and creative similitudes and contrasts, in the face to face conversation between ancient and modern.



Michael Borremans

Glenn Brown

Roberto Cuoghi

Zeng Fanzhi

Chantal Joffe

Elke Krystufek

Victor Man

Yan-Pei Ming

Matthew Monahan

Wangechi Mutu

Paulina Olowska

Josh Smith

Emilio Vedova


The exhibition is sponsored by the Bauer HotelHausbrandt Trieste 1892 S.p.A.

Contemporary Dialogues with Tintoretto

Opening: October 19, 2018 | 07 PM


October 20, 2018 > January 07, 2019

Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca’ d’Oro | Calle del Magazzen 3932, Cannaregio, Venice

Gallerie dell’Accademia | Campo della Carità 1050, Dorsoduro, Venice

Palazzo Ducale | Piazza San Marco 1, Venice


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