I vigilanti

Fondazione Coppola presents its next exhibition, scheduled from July 22 to Oct. 30, 2022, entitled "The Vigilantes”.

The exhibition occupies four floors of the Torrione, Fondazione Coppola's home, and focuses on two figures that are intimately connected to the medieval structure of the tower: Enrico Pozzato and Paolo De Biasi. Both architects, each one has contributed to returning the Torrione to the city of Vicenza through two important interventions: the first restoration carried out by Enrico Pozzato from 1997 to 1999, which made the structure accessible to the public for the first time in centuries, and the second restoration, which in 2018 saw the creation of the museum itinerary of the Foundation's exhibition space, curated by Paolo De Biasi together with the UP3 Architetti Associati studio.
Apart from architecture, Enrico Pozzato and Paolo De Biasi are also united by painting, which they've practiced assiduously throughout their careers. The two architects, "watchmen" of the Tower, will therefore once again return to the interior of its thousand-year-old fortress, but this time in the guise of artists, to display their works in two solo exhibitions.

On the first and second floors, in the exhibition “Surroundings” Paolo De Biasi presents a heterogeneous collection of works that demonstrate his evolving pictorial path, a process that has gradually been nourished by different references, stimuli and influences, landing to an artistic language that wants, more than representing a subject, to present a personal vision of the world.

Continuing to the third and fourth floors, we then encounter the works of Enrico Pozzato, united in the exhibition entitled “In full hands”. An itinerary that testifies an incessant stylistic research, starting with his figurative works dating back to the 1970s, up to his latest series of conceptual works that reveal a reflection on the current historical events.


Paolo De Biasi and Enrico Pozzato
The Vigilantes

Exhibition date:

23 July 2022 – 30 October 2022
Opening 22 July from 17.00 to 20.00



Access: €5,00
Reduced admission for seniors (over 65 years) 65 €4,00
Free admission for minors under 18 years and accredited journalists with a valid press card.

Opening hours:

Fridays from 2pm to 6pm
Saturdays from 2pm to 6pm
Sundays from 2pm to 6pm
For the access rules, consult the Visitor guidelines.


Information and bookings:

Mail: info@fondazionecoppola.org
Tel: 0444 043272

Enrico Pozzato

Enrico Pozzato, born in Sandrigo (VI), Italy (1948). He attended drawing courses at the Venice Academy in the early 1970s. He graduated in Civil Engineering from the University of Padua and later obtained a degree in Architecture from Ca' Foscari University in Venice. He participated in several architectural competitions and during his professional activity he designed and realized major projects locally and nationally, including: Cultural Center and Square, Sandrigo (VI); Hotel Michelangelo, Sandrigo (VI); Hotel Canova, Sandrigo (VI); V; Vicenza Tiepolo Hotel; Jolly Hotel, Bergamo; Vergilius Hotel, Creazzo (VI); Antico Hotel, Vicenza (VI). He also designed hotels in Poland and Libya. He created the "Erasmus of Rotterdam" furniture collection, which was exhibited in New York in 1992 for the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America. For the city of Vicenza he created the CercaCarnevale festival (1986) and did the first restoration of the Torrione di Porta Castello (1999). His paintings can be found on display in several hotels in Vicenza (Hotel Canova, Vicenza Tiepolo Hotel, Vergilius Hotel).

Paolo De Biasi

Paolo De Biasi, born in Feltre (BL) in 1966. He lives and works in Treviso. Architect, he exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2012 with the UP3 studio of Treviso. He began his career as a painter relatively late. During the finals of the Celeste Prize he met Ivan Quaroni, who included him in the original nucleus of the Italian Newbrow scenario. In 2011 the Italian Newbrow movement was mentioned in the film "I soliti idioti”, in which one of his paintings was on display. He participated in national and international exhibitions including (for brevity's sake): the Prague Bienniale, the Maretti Prize at the Pecci Museum in Prato, Impresa Pittura at CIAC in Genazzano, the Italian Newbrow movement exhibition at the Pinacoteca in Como and at the Fortino in Forte dei Marmi, the Italy-China Bienniale at the Royal Castle in Monza and the first edition of Dolomiti Contemporanee. In 2011 he won the Paolo Parati national painting prize and was invited to the Maretti Prize; he was also a finalist in the Terna Prize, the Celeste Prize and the Artelaugana Prize, as well as a selected artist at the London International Creative Competition.