As part of its 40th year celebration, the Hard Rock Cafe is presenting The Art of Hard Rock in Venice, Italy. The exhibit will include what is described as “40 rock ‘n’ roll works of art from its world famous memorabilia collection”. In collaboration with Venezia Marketing & Eventi, the exhibition, which is open to the public at no charge, includes drawings, paintings and other visual works from rock stars such as Ringo Starr, Jim Morrison, Michael Jackson, Pete Towshend, John Entwistle, Frank Zappa, Paul Stanley, George Clinton, Billy Idol, Ronnie Wood, and others. The exhibition will also include the work of world famous illustrators and art designers such as Robert Grossman, Peter Max, Stanley Mouse, Alan Aldridge and George Underwood. The event is part of the Tribute To Venice project. Tribute To Venice is a fundraising project created by Hard Rock Café Venice and Venezia Marketing & Eventi to finance the restoration of the monuments of Piazza San Marco.
The artwork below is by Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, and is part of the Art of Hard Rock exhibit. Wood says that the piece is the first of a new series he calls Uniques. He says “It gives me a chance to look at some work from past series and with paint and collage, including Stones Set lists, making them something totally different and of course, totally Unique.” The piece will be auctioned to raise funds for Venice in Peril after it has toured Venice, Rome and Florence.
Uniques 1 by Ronnie Wood
The Art of Hard Rock opened at Goldoni Theatre on June 14, 2011 and continues through July 23, 2011. It is open Tuesday to Sunday – 11 AM to 7 PM.
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Related blog entry: New Artwork by Ronnie Wood – The Famous Flames Suite (October 14, 2011)