Save Venice Biennale Gala Draws World’s Philanthropic Elite
By Rob Giardinelli
Photography by Matteo De Fina and Mary Hilliard
THE SCENE: Venice, Italy was the setting where some of the world’s most passionate patrons of the arts gathered to celebrate the latest preservations of iconic art and architecture in one of the planet’s most majestic cities. Over the course of four days, The Save Venice Biennale Gala – Contemporary Art Meets the Old Masters dazzled and amazed the 150-plus jetsetters with special opportunities to view artistic masterpieces by day and attend themed evening events with access to some of Venice’s most iconic and unique venues.
THE VIBE: The cultured, well-traveled and art loving crowd created a sophisticated and chic vibe, in which the patrons perfectly stood out amongst the stunning canvasses of the venues, creating an array of fashion experiences as elegant and diverse as the event locales themselves. The Splash of Color-themed kickoff event at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection featured guests in attire inspired by the works of Calder, Miro and Dalí. The eye-popping mix of cocktail dresses and summer suits was as dazzling as the art on the gallery walls. The Supper Club Chic attire at Anything Goes! at Ca’ Rezzonico featured a gorgeous mix of black-tie and ballroom gowns. The weekend of festivities was capped by a farewell dinner at the Arsenale Tower where guests donned their finest Andy Warhol/Studio 54-themed attire that allowed many to pay homage to one of the most iconic artists of the past century.
THE CAUSE: Proceeds from the biennial tour de force weekend benefitted Save Venice, an organization dedicated to preserving iconic and local Venetian art pieces in urgent need of care and restoration. Since 1966 Save Venice has funded the restoration of over 450 works or art and architecture including such renowned masters as Carpaccio, Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese.