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Victoria Miro to Open New Gallery in Venice

Victoria Miro gallery has announced that it will open a new space in Venice this May. Located in the San Marco district, the gallery will be Miro’s fourth location—she currently has venues in Mayfair and Wharf Road in London.

Miro will take over a seventeenth-century building from Galleria il Capricorno, which was founded by Bruna Aickelin in 1971. Galleria il Capricorno is known for showing twentieth-century artists such as Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni, Cy Twombly, and Robert Rauschenberg. The gallery has also staged exhibitions by several of Miro’s artists, including Hernan Bas, Verne Dawson, NS Harsha, Chantal Joffe, and Wangechi Mutu.

“Peggy Guggenheim, Ileana Sonnabend, Paula Cooper, Barbara Gladstone, Lisa Spellman, Sadie Coles, and Victoria Miro are some of the pioneering women gallerists whom I have had the great fortune to know and work with over many years,” Aickelin said. “Our lives are forever woven together, and I feel privileged to hand over the baton of my gallery to Victoria.”

Miro and Aickelin have been discussing how best to continue the legacy of Galleria il Capricorno for some time now. Miro said, “I am immensely grateful to her for entrusting us with this unique and beautiful gallery and look forward to extending the opportunity to our artists to respond to and show in this inspirational setting.”

Coinciding with the launch of the Fifty-Seventh Venice Biennale, the gallery will open on May 10 with an exhibition of works by Chris Ofili. Titled “Poolside Magic,” the show will feature a suite of pastel, charcoal, and watercolor works on paper, brought together for the first time.

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