Genius Loci – Spirit of Place

Lisson Gallery and Berengo Foundation present an exhibition of sculpture and installation that addresses the complex spheres of the public realm and the built environment.
The Latin term genius loci, originally referring to the presiding or guardian deity of a land, is now used to describe the particular essence and unique qualities of a place. Beyond the museum and gallery walls, public art can help define the character of its location by functioning harmoniously or in active dialogue with the architecture or landscape it inhabits.
As an experienced commissioner of large-scale contemporary art, Lisson Gallery is exhibiting major art works by 14 internationally renowned artists, both inside and outside the historic Venetian Palazzo Franchetti. The exhibition includes models, sculptures, drawings and projects by artists including Ai Weiwei, Daniel Buren, Dan Graham, Shirazeh Houshiary, Anish Kapoor, and Lee Ufan, all of whom have made significant contributions to art in the public domain through works that complement or challenge their surroundings.
The exhibition, Genius Loci – Spirit of Place will also include a specially designed zone by critically acclaimed architects Carmody Groarke, documenting some of the most ground-breaking public art commissions of the late 20th and early 21st century.

Special Events:

Opening Preview | Weds 4 – Fri 6, 10 am – 6 pm

6 Jun, 10am – 12noon | Press preview & VIP preview with panel discussion

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