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El Anatsui, Artempo, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice
First Floor, Artempo, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice
Second Floor, Artempo, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice

Artempo: Where Time Becomes Art[1] was an encyclopedic art exhibition created for the Palazzo Fortuny, Venice in 2007. It examined the relationship between art and time,[2] and the power of display.

The exhibition included variations of cultures and periods, and featured objects ranging from simple "objecte trouve", archaeological materials, applied art, old, classical, and modern art, to contemporary installations.[3]

The exhibition was made by Mattijs Visser and Axel Vervoordt, together with Jean-Hubert Martin. The accompanying book included essays by philosopher Massimo Cacciari, the curator from Magiciens de la terre, Jean-Hubert Martin, the former director of Centre Georges Pompidou, Heinz-Norbert Jocks,as well as Eddi de Wolf and Visser.[4]

Palazzo Fortuny[edit]

Artempo was housed in the Venezian-Gothic Palazzo Fortuny, Mariano Fortuny's former home, studio, showroom, and "Think-Tank". Fortuny's own art ranged across many fields, and he was also an eclectic art-collector, as well as an organizer of lectures, concerts, and discussions. Artempo was designed with the spirit of Fortuny in mind, utilizing the Palazzo as a "Laboratory of Ideas".[4]

In 2009 the Museum Palazzo Fortuny organized a second exhibition, titled In-Finitum, built around the ideas from Fortuny and Artempo.[4]


Along with objects from different periods and cultures, artists who were on display at Artempo were:[4]


  1. ^ Smith, Roberta (15 August 2007). "Blurring Time and Place in Venice". New York Times. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Time (Tempo in Italian) is a common term for the experience of duration and a fundamental quantity of measuring systems
  3. ^ "Artempo introduction". Palazzo Fortuny. Archived from the original on December 23, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Artempo press release". Retrieved 2009-10-26. 

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Coordinates: 45°26′7.29″N 12°19′55.42″E / 45.4353583°N 12.3320611°E / 45.4353583; 12.3320611