Gabrielle Chanel, “the woman who reads”

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Gabrielle Chanel, “the woman who reads”

This Culture Chanel exhibition series has travelled the world since 2007 with an intimate and magical portrait of Coco Chanel.

In the impressive Ca' Pesaro baroque palace, an international modern art gallery that already houses works by Klimt, Chagall, Kandinsky and Klee, Culture Chanel set up home under the patronage of Jean-Louis Froment. A 7th side of these series is being unveiled in the Serenissima, the previous ones having developed exclusive angles of Gabrielle Chanel and her designer house's idiosyncratic stories, each pretty much anchored in their time and culture.

Thanks to the La Donna che legge (“The Woman who Reads”) exhibition, visitors will find in the designer's abundant library some books that shaped her character, from Homer, Virgil and Dante, to modern poets like Pierre Reverdy, Max Jacob and Jean Cocteau. This erudite collection helped her find her own vocabulary and famous “Chanel style”, which became universal. Besides her favourite books, it is possible to admire within the walls of Ca' Pesaro more than 350 jewellery pieces, paintings, drawings, autographs and, of course, some of Coco Chanel's designer clothes.

Culture Chanel: “The Woman who Reads”
Ca' Pesaro (Galerie internationale d'Art moderne)
Santa Croce, 2076
30135 Venezia

From 17 September 2016 to 8 January 2017

10 EUR, also giving access to the Museum of Oriental Art (same address, separate floor)

From 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. until 31 October 2016
From 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from 1 November 2016
Closed on Monday