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Museum Exhibition

Julie Mehretu at Palazzo Grassi


17 March 2024 - 6 January 2025

Venice, Italy

Palazzo Grassi will present a major exhibition dedicated to Julie Mehretu, opening in March 2024. Showcased across two floors of the Palazzo Grassi, the exhibition, titled 'Ensemble', brings together work from a 25-year period from the Pinault Collection, international museums, private collections and Mehretu’s own collection. 

The exhibition will also interweave the work of artists and writers who have been close friends and influencers of Mehretu, including Nairy Baghramian, Huma Bhabha, Robin Coste Lewis, Tacita Dean, David Hammons, Paul Pfeiffer and Jessica Rankin. Mehretu’s practice has always engaged with collaboration in various forms, and the exhibition becomes a collective portrait of the artist’s creative community. 

The show is curated by Caroline Bourgeois, Chief Curator, Pinault Collection, with Julie Mehretu.

Artist Conversation

Wednesday 20 March 2024, 6 pm

Julie Mehretu is joined in conversation by her fellow artist-friends Jessica Rankin, Nairy Baghramian, Tacita Dean and Robin Coste Lewis, to discuss her career and the founding themes of her research. The conversation is moderated by Caroline Bourgeois and Patricia Falguières.

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Performance Event

Thursday 21 March 2024, 6:30 pm

As part of the Mehretu's exhibition programme, Palazzo Grassi presents the Italian premiere of the performance Archive of Desire. Produced by Visionart. and commissioned by the Onassis Foundation as part of “Archive of Desire”, a festival inspired by the poet C. P. Cavafy (2023), Archive of Desire features Julie Mehretu, together with Robin Coste Lewis, Vijay Iyer, Jeffrey Zeigler and Charlotte Brathwaite in a multidisciplinary project combining music, poetry and visual arts.

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