Dysfunctional at Ca’ d’Oro Venice- 2019 – Carpenters Workshop Gallery

Studio & Settings collaborated for more than one year with Carpenters Workshop Gallery to the realization of this important and extremely difficult project: getting such a big innovative contemporary exhibition into such a fragile monument as Ca’ d’Oro and Galleria Franchetti is, make the new artworks dialogue with the old collection was really a big challenge.

We took care of all relationships with the City, the State and Public Offices. Solved the technical difficulties for the setting-up, organised hospitality and  logistic.

DYSFUNCTIONAL seeks to forget function whilst celebrating the power of artistic expression. The idea of dysfunction, defined as ‘the disruption of normal social relations’, invites visitors to rethink the conventional relationship between form and function, art and design, the historical and the modern.

Julien Lombrail and Loic Le Gaillard, co-founders of Carpenters Workshop Gallery, comment: “We purposely decided to stage DYSFUNCTIONAL during the world’s most important art exhibition, the Venice Art Biennale, to question what defines an artwork, why can artworks not be functional and when does design become art? All works are an expression or application of tremendous creative skill, to be appreciated for their beauty, imaginative or emotional power. In partnership with Lombard Odier, with whom we share the same vision, we want to invite visitors to go on an immersive journey in time and explore the blurred lines between art and design in the context of the rich Venetian heritage.”