Sacred Landscapes is a collective exhibition curated by Marco Delogu in the forest of the Giorgio Cini Foundation, on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice from 18 May to 26 November 2023.
In 2018, the Giorgio Cini Foundation promoted the creation of the Vatican Chapels, the first Pavilion of the Holy See at the XVI International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia. Ten chapels created by ten international architects: Andrew Berman, Francesco Cellini, Javier Corvalan, Eva Prats and Ricardo Flores, Norman Foster, Teronobu Fujimori, Sean Godsell, Carla Juacaba, Smiljan Radic, Eduardo Souto de Moura, accommodated in a space of approximately one hectare and a half. Created as a temporary installation, they then became permanent architecture that can still be visited today. In this place in the lagoon suspended between water, sky and earth, ideal for hosting art, reflection and spiritual experience, the Sacred Landscapes exhibition, through the works of ten artists, invites us to reflect on the sacredness of the place and the role of man as creator and guardian.
The works of Don McCullin, Tim Davis, Marco Delogu, Graciela Iturbide, Martin Parr, Annie Ratti, Guy Tillim, Paolo Ventura, Vanessa Winship and Francesca Woodman are placed on the ground and are placed near the ten chapels and interact with them, although exposed to the action of atmospheric agents and time and therefore subject to possible alteration and degradation.
The photographic works portray natural elements that become landscapes through the spiritual activity of man and in the gaze of those who enter the forest of the Giorgio Cini Foundation in this slow proceeding that attributes meaning and value to research.