Venice and GAD: they’re meant to be

Here is a survey.

Raise your hand if you, while visiting Venice, have also had the opportunity to go to the Giudecca Island, the strip of land that overlooks the canal, which goes by the same name, in front of the Dorsoduro district.


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Even though we don’t want to be defeatists, there is a great chance that the results of this hypothetical survey are quite disappointing.

And that’s a pity.

The Giudecca, indeed, is a truly rich part of the city that hosts, in addition to the numerous architectural attractions – think of the Church of the Redentore designed by Palladio or the Mulino Stucky -, also really interesting cultural realities, among which (maybe) the most famous one is the Casa dei tre Oci, a museum often home to beautiful photographic exhibitions. However, as art lovers as we are, we are not satisfied and we want to let you discover it even deeper.

That’s the reason why we move to the GAD, the Giudecca Art District.


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The GAD was born with the aim of creating an artistic pole detached from the chaos of tourists who crowd the streets of Venice and which can offer its visitors high quality exhibitions and events, set up by a team of professionals in the sector, starting with the founder of the district, Pier Paolo Scelsi.

The spaces occupied by the GAD are inspired by Nordic architecture and style with a strong industrial inclination but, at the same time, they fit perfectly into the lagoon’s atmosphere, indeed they take advantage of it because are heirs of their Renaissance and Baroque dimension.

GAD’s activities

The district, given the eclectic character that identifies it, operates on many fronts: from collaborations with galleries, independent curators and institutions to artists’ residences which, more than any other initiative, offer young artists the opportunity to live (literally) Venice, quietly and far from the clamor of the city center, soaking all the inspiration it can give.

“Everybody’s got something to hide except me and my monkey”


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On February 7th the exhibition entitled “Everybody’s got something to hide except me and my monkey” ended. It was realized in colaboration with the Venice Fine Arts’ Academy and they exhibited twenty-three artists, coming from the Academy, in the Legno & Legno spaces.

Here again, by choosing students, the link with the city returns. The latter must be supported and looked at through the eyes of those who live it in all its facets.

The exhibition – which takes its title from the Beatles’ song name – is focused on the mediums of Visual Art and their great communicative power, especially expressed whithin the dualism between truth and lie, real and psychedelic.

We could be here writing pages and pages about GAD’s activities but to discover and experience them all in the best way – and let’s face it, with even more fun – is to go to Giudecca.

What else are you waiting for ?