Since its opening, Galleria Michela Cattai has focused on the study, research and selection of works of Modern and Contemporary Art and Design by some of the most important artists and designers of the twentieth century and brought them together under one roof.

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Carlo Scarpa


Architect and designer, Carlo Scarpa graduated in architecture at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice in 1926. Many years later, from 1962 to 1975 he would be an estimed professor at the Instituto Universitario di Architettura in Venice. During his prestigious carrer, Carlo Scarpa created over sixty exhibitions of works and museum displays, proving himself as one of the great interior designers and project managers. In particular, the retrospective work of Paul Klee, in 1958, was the sign of the start of his long collaboration with the Biennale di Venezia. His activity also focused on the restoration and the projects in private homes and historical centres. The interests of Carlo Scarpa varied from glass to oriental art, from works of the Vienna Secession to the architectural projects by american Frank Lloyd Wright, whom he greatly admires. Knowledgable in the art of glassworks, Carlo Scarpa was educated at the Maestri Vetrai Muranesi Cappellini & Co. From 1933 to 1947 he was the consultant for Venini, where he experimented with the use of different glass techniques, reinterpreting the tradition of the production of Muranese glass. At the Biennale di Venezia in 1940 a whole room of glass designs was dedicated to Carlo Scarpa. The personal work of Carlo Scarpa would be presented in many exhibitions, in Italy and abroad: at the MOMA in 1966, Venice 1969 and later in London, Paris and Madrid at the end of the 1970s. In these years the architect completed various journeys in North America to widen his knowledge of the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and to design new works. Among the most significant examples of his museum projects are: Gallerie dell’Accademia a Venezia (‘45-‘59), la Galleria Nazionale in Palazzo Abatellis a Palermo (‘53-‘54), the first room and the designs and prints of Galleria degli Uffizi a Firenze (‘53-‘56), il Museo Correr a Venezia (‘57-‘60). Some important recognitions of the work of Carlo Scarpa are: il premio Olivetti in 1956; il Gran Premio della Giuria Internazionale for the work of Frank Lloyd Wright at the XII Triennale in 1960; il premio della Presidenza della Repubblica per l’architettura; the appointment of a member of the Royal British Institute of Design in 1970 and at the Accademia Olimpica di Vicenza in 1973.