Isabelle de Borchgrave Encounters Mariano Fortuny
Musei Civici Veneziani, Museo Fortuny

The Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave uses paper to extraordinary effect; in A World of Paper she uses paper to reinterpret and pay homage to the Catalan artist Mariano Fortuny (1871-1949), a revered photographer, painter and textile desinger, as well as theater and fashion designer. Borchgrave manipulates and transforms paper in a manner that makes it appear like silk, lace, damask and plissé, with a rich variety of colours and shades.

Over eighty pieces, including clothes, accessories and trompe-l'oeil creations, are displayed over three floors, and comprise a number of three-dimensional models and the recreation of atmospheric settings. On the ground floor, visitors can witness the atmosphere of Borchgrave's work-place and creative process. In 1998, Borchgrave produced a travelling exhibition entitled Papiers à la Mode: 300 years of fashion and costume history containing costumes and accessories all made out of paper. A World of Paper is a natural outgrowth of this, with a more focused inspiration.

March 15th-July 21, 2008
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