Exhibition Spaces at Università Ca' Foscari

Ca' Foscari

Entrance to Università Ca’ Foscari Photo courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art © Michele Lamanna 2009

At the Exhibition Spaces of Ca' Foscari, a circular logic links the concepts of Sound and Space with the spiraling movement of Flayed Earth, Flayed Skin (Skin Sink) (1973), Smoke Rings (Model for Underground Tunnels) 1979—80, and the turning camera over the dancers featured in Untitled 1970/2009—a work that was recreated for the exhibition in the same room in which it is installed. Surveillance combines with sound in Sound for Mapping the Studio (The Video) (2001) and Audio Video Piece for London, Ontario (1969-70). The desire to access a space that is both offered and denied is experienced in Double Steel Cage Piece (1974). Fountains and Neons are seen in My Name As Though It Were Written on the Surface of the Moon (1968) and Heads and Hands are brightly asserted in Human Sexual Experience (1985). Untitled (Hand Circle)(1996) is eerily suspended from the ceiling, echoing Untitled (358) (1986), which is made from shadow templates Nauman used to create many of his neons of the 1980s.

Università Ca' Foscari di Venezia is renowned for its exquisite Venetian Gothic architecture and its beautiful views of the Grand Canal, spanning the Rialto Bridge to the Accademia galleries. Commissioned by Doge Francesco Foscari and designed by Carlo Scarpa in 1452, the palazzo was converted into the prestigious Università Ca' Foscari in 1868. Today Ca' Foscari has nineteen academic departments, seventeen research centers, and numerous partnerships with Venetian cultural and scientific institutions.Topological Gardens will be located on the first and second floors (piano terra and primo piano) of the Ca' Foscari complex; for more information on Università Ca' Foscari di Venezia, www.unive.it

Bruce Nauman: Topological Gardens will be on view at the Exhibition Space at Università Ca' Foscari from June 7 through October 18, 2009.


Vistor Information

Exhibition Spaces at Università Ca’ Foscari
Calle Foscari 3334

June 7–October 18, 2009
Wednesday–Monday, 10:00–18:00; Tuesday closed

Vaporetto Stops:
S. Toma: 1, 2
Ca’ Rezzonico: 1

Vaporetto to IUAV/Tolentini: 1, 2
(within walking distance)
Vaporetto to the U.S. Pavilion: 1, 2