During Venice’s Art Night, from June 20 to 23, 2018, Palazzo Grassi organized “Skate the Museum,” three days of screenings, classes, and performances devoted to skateboarding, in collaboration with Venice Freestyle Lab, ASD Go Fast – Skate Park & School of Riva del Garda.
Skate the Museum
<span class="alinea"></span>On June 20, a screening of <i>Lords of Dogtown</i> (2005), by Catherine Hardwicke, took place at the Teatrino. It tells the story of three young surfers who began skateboarding in the streets of Los Angeles' Venice Beach.
<span class="alinea"></span>On June 22 and 23, performances by professional athletes and skating lessons organized by the association Go Fast, from Riva del Garda, took place on a half-pipe installed in the atrium of Palazzo Grassi.
<span class="alinea"></span>This event also celebrated the collaboration between Albert Oehlen and The Skateroom, which creates editions of artworks on skateboards. During Oehlen’s monographic exhibition at Palazzo Grassi, “Cows by the Water,” a limited edition of skateboards was released featuring works presented in the museum. The revenue from their sales was donated to Skateistan, an award-winning international non-profit with the mission of empowering children and youth through skateboarding and education in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and South Africa.