Beyond the Venice Biennale

Cultural treasures abound in the vicinity surrounding this year’s upcoming art fair.

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Museo Fortuny

Once owned by the ancestral Pesaro family, this palazzo served as Mariano Fortuny’s atelier, where he worked in photography, paint, stage design and, perhaps most famously, textiles. Centrally located in San Marco, the museum, which houses the artist’s original collections, is a safe bet for an unexpected cultural foray. Its new exhibition, which runs for the length of the Biennale (June 1 through November 24), is devoted to the work of the late Catalan artist Antoni Tàpies, who represented Spain in the 45th Biennale in 1993. The show will celebrate the artist’s gaze through many of his key works (both paintings and mixed-media pieces) and those of notable contemporaries like Enrique Tábara, Antonio Saura and Manolo Millares. San Marco 3958; 39-041/520-0995;