Culture Chanel exhibition 'The woman who reads' to open in Venice

The French fashion house's upcoming exhibition will feature Gabrielle Chanel's relationship with books

By Andrea Tim | Published: 23 May 2016

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Chanel takes to the historic city of Venice, Italy to showcase its founder's love of literature. The seventh Culture Chanel exhibition, La Donna Che Legge (in English, The woman who reads), will be held at the Ca' Pesaro International Gallery of Modern Art in Venice from 17 September 2016 to 8 January 2017.

Culture Chanel was conceived and curated by Jean-Louis Froment. La Donna Che Legge explores Gabrielle Chanel's relationship with books and how they played an integral part in her creativity and passion for couture. Those who are familiar with her home at 31 rue Cambon will know of her vast collection of literature, which boasts the works of Plato, Virgil, Sophocles, Lucretius, Dante, Montaigne, Cervantes, Madame de Sévigné, Stéphane Mallarmé.

"From the solitude of her years in the orphanage of Aubazine until the end of her life, books and their authors guided Gabrielle Chanel's path, they nourished her imagination and responded to her mystical quest for the invisible, and showed her how over time, her own view of the world might be set in place," the fashion house said in a statement.

Artworks from Gabrielle's apartment will also be on public display for the first time at La Donna Che Legge, alongside other jewellery and fragrances, to make a total of around 350 exhibits.

Ca' Pesaro International Gallery of Modern Art in Venice

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