Following passion as a compass, Sigrid de Montrond, manager of the renowned Atelier Visconti, located in the eponymous street, was guided towards the Pacific Ocean. That is how her interest in the land of the Rising Sun came about, little less than a year ago, when she devoted an extension of the Visconti gallery to contemporary art, hence the name “Japanese gallery”. Thus, this space will be dedicated to this, so ancient, Japanese art: the first references date back to the tenth millennium BC. At our visit we had the pleasure of contemplating the work of the late artist Shinjo and his “piled up love letters”. A wonder of precision where the paper is part of the artwork itself! This little gem is also highly acclaimed in Venise, where Sigrid partly lives at the Bragadin palace –which has become, over the past 15 years, the epicenter of the Venetian aristocracy and a rendezvous for the arts and music, and where some of the artists’ works are now reproduced in numbered prints, in wax and Murano glass. But you’ll have to wait until 2017 to see these jewels at the workshop. Meanwhile, Sigrid dedicates her time to finding her next rare gem. During her wanderings, you may see her at the events that she would never miss, such as the Bienniale of Contemporary Art, the Mostra or the Carnival in Venise… If you are lucky enough to be there, you may admire those outstanding costumes, visit the gorgeous palaces with deep velvet and majestic silk fabrics, without the slightest suspicion that backstage, Sigrid also creates interior designs and costumes for the Carnival: “I don’t want to be fashionable, above all I want to push boundaries, challenge and to move people!” she tells us. What if this was true art?
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