Media art pioneer Federico Solmi is about to return to Italy with an exceptional exhibition entitled “Solmi – Ship of Fools.” The exhibition will be held at the striking Palazzo Donà dalle Rose in Venice, located on Fondamente Nove, from April 18 to July 28, 2024. This exhibition represents a moment of great importance for the artist, who after 20 years returns to his native country to present a wide selection of his works to the Italian public.

The exhibition “Solmi – Ship of Fools” is an unmissable opportunity to learn more about Federico Solmi’s art. The Italian artist, with his irreverent and subversive vision, offers audiences an immersive experience in which the real and the digital come together in a fascinating marriage. Do not miss the opportunity to visit this extraordinary exhibition and immerse yourself in the unique world of Federico Solmi.

A complete artistic experience

The exhibition“Solmi – Ship of Fools.” will be a total art experience, engaging the visitor in a fascinating journey between the real and the digital. Ten video works, 10 paintings, ceramic sculptures, a holographic sculpture and a virtual reality work will be on display. In addition, a new monumental work inspired by Gericault’s famous “Raft of the Medusa” will be presented.

The exhibition’s curator, Dorothy Kosinski, worked closely with Federico Solmi to create an engaging and all-encompassing environment. The artist used the most innovative technologies to bring to life a unique experience, enhanced by the music of award-winning sound designer Marc Urselli and a holographic projection that will open new horizons.

“Ship of Fools”: an emblematic work of art.

The title of the exhibition, “Ship of Fools,” draws inspiration from the allegory of the same name found in Plato’s Republic and Sebastian Brant’s 1494 book. The Solmi-style artwork depicts a drifting ship populated by historical and contemporary figures, such as Elon Musk, Kim Kardashian, Pope Benedict XVI, Napoleon, Oprah Winfrey, Christopher Columbus, Empress Theodora, George Washington, and Mark Zuckerberg.

Through this work, Solmi offers a satirical and dystopian critique of today’s society, addressing issues such as capitalism, consumerism, celebrity culture, greed, corruption, systematic oppression, and demagoguery. The artist succeeds in conveying these messages in an original way, combining cheerful and mocking humor with sideways glances that engage and provoke the audience.

Federico Solmi’s return to Italy

Federico Solmi’s return to Italy represents a major event for the national art scene. After spending 20 years in the United States, where he won major awards and participated in prestigious art biennials, Solmi returns to his native country to share his art with the Italian public.

Throughout his career, Solmi has established himself as one of the pioneers of media art, exploring the boundary between physical and digital. His works are distinguished by the use of bright colors, expressive aesthetics, and a satirical view of contemporary society. In 2019, his works were exhibited in Times Square, one of the most iconic places in New York City, projected on all the billboards in that area, offering the public an extraordinary experience.