Furniture pieces by Virgil Abloh on show in Venice during the city’s art biennale

Inside a Forest Cloud Chandelier” by Nacho Carbonel. (AFP Relax news pic)

LONDON: Now on view at Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca’ d’Oro, “DYSFUNCTIONAL” explores the boundaries between art and design. The exhibition features work from 21 international artists such as Virgil Abloh, Maarten Baas, Vincenzo de Cotiis, Rick Owens and Michèle Lamy.

The exhibit is organised by Carpenters Workshop Gallery, which makes its biennale debut, in partnership with Swiss bank Lombard Odier.

“We decided to stage ‘DYSFUNCTIONAL’ to question what defines an artwork; why can art be non-functional and when does design become art?”, Carpenters Workshop Gallery co-founder Loïc Le Gaillard told Wallpaper*.

All the exhibited pieces reference either Venice or the palazzo Ca’ d’Oro, located on the Grand Canal.

Virgil Abloh’s “Acqua Alta” drew inspiration from the shifting waters of the Italian city – creating a collection of “sinking” furniture pieces in polished bronze.

Entitled “Fragile Future 3,” Studio Drift’s light installation forms a frame of light around the painting “San Sebastian” by Renaissance master Andrea Mantegna – which is the centerpiece of Galleria Giorgio Franchetti’s collection.

Spanish designer Nacho Carbonell presents the monumental light installation “Inside a Forest Cloud Chandelier,” which transforms the palazzo’s courtyard into a whimsical forest of light.

“DYSFUNCTIONAL” will be on show at the Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca’ d’Oro until November 24. Additional information about the exhibition can be found on the website of Carpenters Workshop Gallery: www.carpentersworkshopgallery.com