Art and magic come together in the newest series of Be Magic! workshops. From 6 October, six “magic” dates for the museum’s Family Card holders.
When it’s about magic, being clear first and foremost means being chaotic, since the two things were one in the first place.
André Breton, “Magical Art”, 1957
From October, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection will be presenting a brand new schedule of activities dedicated to Family Card holders, over the course of six dates, in different places, until the end of March 2018, and focused on the themes of magic and mystery – which is also the inspiration for the Il Gufo FW17 collection.
A series of original and creative workshops will involve different institutions in the city, and the participants will be able to enjoy a unique experience centred on wonder and amazement. Starting with the enchantment of glass production in the Berengo Studio Furnace 1989 in Murano and followed by experiments with alchemical potions in the old pharmacy of Ca’ Rezzonico, along with the exceptional optical illusions that can be experienced at Peggy Guggenheim’s house, they will be plunged into the fantastical world of theatre at Teatro Goldoni. They will then learn about the techniques hidden behind the developing of a photograph at the ISOLAB Photography Research Centre, to finally go and discover the many mysteries that envelop the history of Venice, revealed by the traveller and writer Alberto Toso Fei. A magical six-month-long schedule full of enchantment, made possible thanks to the support of Il Gufo, the Italian children’s clothing company, which will be at the museum’s side as a supporter of the Be Magic! project.
A sense of wonder, or a sense of amazement and astonishment, together with a sense of mystery, namely the attraction to anything unfamiliar and unknown, are the first impulses that encourage man to further his own knowledge and investigate the world around him. Wonder and mystery are elements that can also be found in the definition of magic, understood as an activity able to control the forces of nature, such as the capacity to cast spells and surprising and unexpected happenings. Magic provided inspiration for numerous artists who, over the centuries, have included cabbalistic and mysterious symbols or magical-alchemical content in their own works. In the 1900s, the Surrealist movement identified the objective of its own research in the Surreal, intended as surpassing reality. Various artists belonging to this movement recognised the means useful for reaching this super-reality located beyond the material world and the empirical experience in dreams, the subconscious and fantasy. In the disillusionment that followed the two World Wars, the surrealists embraced magic and alchemy as paths contrary to progress and logic and as alternatives to cultural and spiritual renewal. Interest in magic surfaced in the writings and late work by Salvador Dalí, in the technical experimentation of Max Ernst, in the subjects portrayed by Victor Brauner, Leonora Carrington and Leonor Fini, and in the text Magical Art (1957) in which André Breton traced the origins of magical art and identified the key point of those origins in Surrealism.
COLLEZIONE PEGGY GUGGENHEIM, VENEZIA – Andrea Sarti©
COLLEZIONE PEGGY GUGGENHEIM, VENEZIA – Andrea Sarti©
Matteo De Fina©
The workshops are reserved for the Peggy Guggenheim Collection Family Card holders, for children aged 6 to 10, and their parents. For information and bookings, from the Wednesday of the week before each date: [email protected]; 041.2405429/412/440 or visit the website by tapping the picture below.
Saturday 14 October 2017 – Berengo Studio Furnace 1989, Murano
The magic of glass
The alchemical essence of glass, its manufacture and the wonder that this ancient art manages to arouse in adults and children alike will be the elements of this exclusive visit to a Murano furnace. After finding out the secrets of production of contemporary glass artwork, a master glass-maker will amazingly bring a collective design to life, made during the course of the workshop. In collaboration with Fondazione Berengo.
Saturday 25 November 2017 – Ca’ Rezzonico, Venice
Pure alchemy. Potions, mixtures, concoctions from the apothecary
“Mandrake, juice of hemlock, seeds of henbane”: these are just some of the ingredients that the sixteenth-century pharmacopoeia suggested to heal ailments. At Ca’ Rezzonico, participants will “enter” an old pharmacy, study alchemy recipes, witness experiments and extraordinary phenomena, before becoming scientists in a fun workshop during which many curious transformations will occur. In collaboration with Fondazione Musei Civici, Venezia – Laboratorio Pleiadi.
Saturday 16 December 2017 – The Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice
The word ‘illusion’ means an error of the senses or the mind, a trick, an artifice. In magic, it is the combination of distinction and skill that makes extraordinary and normally impossible things seem feasible. With the help of a real magician, the participants will discover mysterious and unknown aspects of some Surrealist and Minimalist masterpieces, learn the tricks of the trade while being pleasurably mystified by a series of optical illusions and magical games, to discover together that nothing is what it seems! Workshop run by magician Vito Lupo.
Saturday 27 January 2018 – Teatro Goldoni, Venice
The extraordinary world of the Theatre
In the splendid setting of the Teatro Goldoni, children and parents are invited onto the stage to perform in a narrative context that is the transformation towards imagination. Thanks to the staging, costumes, music and lights, the participants will be transformed into fantastical characters and will become the protagonists of a great spell. In collaboration with Teatro Stabile del Veneto – Teatro Nazionale – Workshop run by Susi Danesin.
Saturday 24 February 2018 – ISOLAB, Venice
Camera obscura: The wonder of photography
“[..] these images are oxidations of desires, fixed by light and chemicals, living organisms”: this was how Man Ray defined his rayographs, photographic images obtained without using a camera. Thanks to the process which traps the light and captures the image, the photo itself is the result of a wonderful spell! In this workshop, together we will discover all the secrets of photography. In collaboration with ISOLAB, Centre for Photographic Research – Workshop run by Elisa Vettori.
Saturday 24 March 2018 – On foot around Venice
Journey through the mysteries of the history of Venice
A stroll accompanied by Alberto Toso Fei, a traveller and journalist who has published many books on Venice and its mysteries, will consist of a journey to discover thirteen centuries of history of the city and its enigmatic, occult and magical nature. A route on foot in the area between the Scuola Grande di San Marco and Campo della Bragora, in search of mythical and legendary symbols. Route for families led by Alberto Toso Fei.