Ca’Pesaro, Galleria Internazionale D’Arte Moderna in Venice, Italy
Credit: Fondazionne Musei Civici Di Venezia, courtesy of CHANEL

Should you be so lucky as to find yourself in Venice between September this year and January of the next, you’d be well-advised to pay a visit to the Ca’ Pesaro International Gallery of Modern Art’s new CULTURE CHANEL exhibition, The woman who reads.

The woman who reads is the seventh instalment in an ongoing international exhibition series curated by art director and critic Jean-Louis Froment, for which CHANEL will exhibit some 350 pieces from the archives of the house’s eponymous founder Gabrielle Chanel. Some of the designer’s most intimate possessions, including photographs, paintings and drawings, jewellery, perfume, fashion and art objects from her apartment at 31 rue Cambon will be exhibited publicly for the first time. 

Previous exhibitions in the series – which began in Moscow in 2007 at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Art and was last carried out in Seoul’s Dongdaemun Design Plaza in 2014 – have evoked and explored a singular theme from the life of Mademoiselle Chanel.

The woman who reads takes Chanel’s passion for books and reading as its subject matter, and draws on a vast library of works that so greatly influenced her, including pieces by Homer, Plato and Virgil alongside those of her contemporaries, like Max Jacob and Jean Cocteau. The resulting exhibition promises to be an enlightening experience – one that further illuminates the life and career of a woman unafraid to engage with the past in order to shape new ideas of modernity for the future.

The woman who reads will open September 17 2016 and will run until January 7 2017 at the Ca’ Pesaro International Gallery of Modern Art in Venice. You can find out more information here

Tile and cover image: Portrait of Gabrielle Chanel on her sofa looking at her library, July 1962 – Douglas Kirkland Photography Collection, Los Angeles