An intimate look into the life of Coco Chanel

19 September 2016

If you happen to be in Venice, from now until January, you're a very lucky girl! Not only because Venice is beautiful and you will be eating pasta's and gelato's all day, but also for another reason. We advise you to visit Ca’ Pesaro International Gallery of Modern Art's to see the new culture Chanel exhibition; The woman who reads (La donna che legge). Get ready to get a sneak peek in Gabrielle Chanel's life!

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Take me to Venice
After the dramatic death of Arthur 'Boy' Capel in 1920, one of Coco's many beau's, a heartbroken Coco visited Venice for the first time. He left her grief, but also a passion for reading, which helped her through the dark times in her life. Venice was the place where she got inspired, by the Byzantine gold and the marvellous architecture gave her many new ideas and insights. Therefore this place was chosen to held the exhibit.Ofcourse other deep ties between the fashion designer and Italy played a role in this decision, as Italy takes up 50% of the production.  

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La donna che legge 
This is the 7th 'Culture Chanel' exhibition, where the creativity of mademoiselle Chanel is celebrated and opened for the public. We get an intimate little peek into her apartment and get to see many items that were never displayed before. Not only clothes are shown, but also her jewellery, pictures, letters and above all, her library. Books play an important role in this exhibit, since those are the objects that tell the most about who someone was, who he wanted to be and what he would like to know. Coco herself stated: 'The life we live is never exceptional, but the life we dream of is instead important because we will continue to live it after we die'. 

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Inspired by creators 
A lot of ancient, but also contemporary authors had a great and crucial influence on Coco's vision. She loved Greek writers, but also appreciated Shakespeare. She befriended many poets and artists around the globe, whose work she read and whose conversations gave her new ideas. Coco was not the only one getting inspired, as many of these artists dedicated their work to her. Approximately 350 items will be displayed, that expose a new side of Coco. 

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Art and gold 
Books play a significant role, but also other pieces like pictures, painting and drawings show her preference for the classical and baroque styles, just as much as her love for Russia and ancient golden pieces. For the first time, art of her Parisian apartment will be shown, just as her extensive jewellery and perfume stash. You can visit the exhibit until the 8th of January 2017.