Arsenale Creativo is an observatory of ideas, new trends and forms of art, products and lifestyles. It offers a selection of the new and the contemporary in the world.
Proud of its Venetian identity, Arsenale Creativo is founded and curated by Stefania Zulian. Over the years, Arsenale Creativo has been broadened by the work of several contributors and collaborators with different backgrounds – from design, to art and communication – but the same interest in new prospects and opportunities.
PAST CONTRIBUTORS AND COLLABORATORS
Marta Velo, Anna Gazzola, Enrico Dall’Igna, Chiara Manzoni, Serena Orlando, Giovanna Cecchi, Beatrice Montanari, Alessandra Ribano, Elena Bragagnolo, Paola Dal Bello, Achille Zambon, Elisabetta Rossi, Francesca Fani, Guendalina Borgato, Monica Zulian, Irene Loat, Giada Gentilin, Eleonora Grotto, Margherita Cavallin, Marta Pederiva, Benedetta Stragiotti.
In a scenario of ongoing evolution, Arsenale Creativo represents an eclectic ensemble of new trends and points of view, with constant updates on the creativity and initiatives of artists, designers and entrepreneurs from anywhere in the world.
From the Arab word [dar as-sina], house of work, house of manufacturing, translated to Venetian as [darzanà], from which “darsena”, later [arzanà] as it can be found in Dante’s Inferno, to become arzanàl, then arsenàl, till the current form: “arsenale”. Darzanà, then dàrsena, has remained the same, to name the stretches of water inside the Arsenale, and this term slowly changed to the current “darsena”.
In 12th Century, great maritime abilities and efficiency in trade organizations were just two key factors in determining the success of Venice. The third – and equally important – factor was represented by the capabilities in building exceptional ships. At the beginning, Venetian ships were built by small private workshops. Around 1200, these activities have been grouped into one, huge, public shipyard: the Arsenale.
Venice Arsenale became the heart of the city’s naval industry: a cutting-edge structure, made of designers, masters of art and specialized workers, able to build up to three ships in a single day. A community of artisans, guardians of a precious heritage preserved generation after generation. The arsenal of Venice anticipated by centuries the modern concept of factory, organizing the work with the first line of production in history. Thanks to the great quality of its ships, Venice has been able to conquer the routes of the Mediterranean and the North of Europe.
Today, the spaces called Corderie – they were dedicated to the production of ropes, in Italian corde – are used by Venice Biennale. From house of manufacturing to house of art, Venice Arsenale hosts works of contemporary art from anywhere in the world, confirming once again its role of Venetian observatory for the international markets and the future.