The 1920s building of the private Giovanni Nicelli Airport in Venice Lida is the home to two new exhibitions by Nina Yashar of Nilufar Gallery. A restructuring project at the airport sees the location as a new cultural venue to promote arts in the Lido. The airport’s, director of marketing and events, Stefano Rampinelli, together with Laura Alfieri, head of cultural and artistic direction, brought Nilufar in to curate the space.
Taking place from 21 April until 30 June 2022, Nilufar’s first exhibition at the site is a display of ceramics by Sin Ying Cassandra Ho. The second—in the arrivals/departures hall of the airport—is an installation showing off the work of historical and contemporary designers from Gio Point and Franco Albini to Martino Gamper and Bethan Laura Wood. Grounding the settings are a number of eye-catching floor coverings by Besana Carpet Lab.
‘I’ve always desired an itinerant approach, bringing and moving artefacts with their stories around the world; doing it in Venice, and specifically in the setting of Lido, is an unprecedented gift. I have a strong connection to this enchanting city, so I am beyond delighted to curate a selection that mirrors its cross-culturalism and collaborate with my dear friend Laura Alfieri,’ comments Yashar.