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General information, events and exhibitions
Here you find a selection of exhibitions and events, that I personally find interesting.
For a complete program please see here:
Main Rooms of the Biblioteca Marciana, May 12th - September 2nd 2012
A must-see exhibition for bibliophiles and all those who love geography!
An important exhibition in the Marciana Library celebrates the 800 years anniversary of the foundation of the Camaldolese convent on the island of San Michele, that from the 15th century and until the fall of the Venetian Republic stood out as a place of prayer and study.
The monks dedicated themselves to classical studies, philology and archaeology and even to medicine, politics and the natural sciences.
On show there are several precious manuscripts dating from the 11th century, medals, paintings, seals, parchments and priestly garments.
The most impressive piece - which alone makes the visit worth! – is the renowned map of Fra Mauro made around the middle of the 15th century.
It is a broad summary of geographical knowledge of that period, in which ancient traditions and recent news, descriptions by travelers like Marco Polo and many others converge and intertwine.
The British East India Company commissioned a copy of this map, considering it the first ‘modern’ map and at the same time a compendium of the geographical knowledge of the medieval time.
Opening hours: everyday 9 am to 7 pm
Admission: included in the ticket to the Doge's Palace and to the Correr Museum: 16 euros (students and seniors over 65: 8 euros).
Magnificent Maps: Cartography as Power, Propaganda and Art. Peter Barber and Tom Harper, British Lib, 2010
The catalogue of the exhibition; by Marcello Brusegan, Paolo Eleuteri and Gianfranco Fiaccador. Utet, 2012
Canaletto sketches on show at Palazzo Grimani
Palazzo Grimani, April 1st – July 1st 2012
A unique exhibition to admire Canaletto quick hand in sketching on sheets of paper Venetian architecture and daily life; these drawings would be the groundwork for his paintings.
Also on show there are other precious pieces: drafts, sketches, painting and a camera obscura.
The sumptuous Palazzo Grimani, dating back to the 16th century and with impressive frescoes of that time, provides a perfect atmosphere for the exhibition.
Recommended to those who'd enjoy a 'full immersion' in the Venice of the past.
Palazzo Grimani, nearby campo Santa Maria Formosa, Castello, 4858
Open daily 8.15 am to 7.15 pm
Closed on Monday
Admission: 6 euros
URS FISCHER: MADAME FISSCHER
Palazzo Grassi, April 15th – July 15th 2012
This monographic exhibition presents with over 30 works an overview of the career of Urs Fischer (1973), one of the most acclaimed contemporary sculptors.
“Combining illusion and reality, violence and humour, eternity and the ephemeral, Urs Fischer’s universe is both logical and absurd. The artist attempts to capture an unstable equilibrium whose meaning is never definitively set.” (Caroline Bourgeois, Curator of the exhibition)
The exhibition takes place through the atrium and on the first floor of Palazzo Grassi; on the second floor there are artworks from the Pinault's collection by Boetti, Wateridge, Murakami, Charles Ray, Polke, Cattelan and others.
Opening hours: every day except Tuesday, from 10 am to 7 pm
Admission: 15 euros
Palazzo Grassi + Punta della Dogana (In Praise of Doubt): 20 euros.
My guided tours to the exhibition (including the second floor): about 1,5 to 2 hours, 140 euros.
Bomboniere d’Artista – Glass Miniatures
Palazzo Loredan, March 24th to June 10th 2012-05-04
A most curious exhibition of glass ‘bomboniere’ (wedding favors) made by international artistis and designers such as Tapio Wirkkala, Bertil Vallien, Yoichi Ohira, Dale Chihuly, Clae Belfrance, Carlo Scarpa and Lino Tagliapietra
A must-see exhibition for those who are in search of ideas for their wedding and those who love glass miniature of highest quality and inventivity.
Palazzo Loredan, campo Santo Stefano
Opening hours: daily 10 am to 6 pm.
Closed on Tuesday
Admission: 5 euros
KLIMT IN THE SIGN OF HOFFMANN AND THE SECESSION
Correr Museum, March 24th - July 8th 2012
A century after his acclaimed participation at the Venice Biennale (1910), Gustav Klimt returns to the lagoon as the protagonist of a remarkable exhibition, an occasion to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the artist’s birth (1862-2012).
The exhibition shows an exceptional cycle of paintings, rare and precious drawings, furniture and elegant jewelry, but also elaborate reconstructions and interesting historical documents, whose purpose is to introduce the visitor to the genesis and evolution, in both architecture and painting, of Klimt’s work and of those who gave rise to the Viennese Secession, an instance of that European Modernism that witnessed among its key players such figures as Minne, Jan Toorop, Fernand Khnopff, Koloman Moser, and above all the companion of many intellectual ventures and projects, Josef Hoffmann.
Museo Correr, Piazza San Marco
Open every day 10 am to 7 pm
Admissions: 12 Euros; groups of at least 15 people: 10 Euros.
My guided tours:
1 hour overview of the exhibition: 100 euros
1,5-2 hour tour focussing on the art of Klimt and of the Wiener Secession and on the background of the Viennese society of that time: 140 euros.
DIANA VREELAND. AFTER DIANA VREELAND.
Palazzo Fortuny, March 10th - June 25th 2012
This is the first major exhibition in Italy to celebrate Diana Vreeland (Paris 1903 - New York 1989), one of the most charismatic figures in 20th century fashion world.
Columnist and Editor for Harper's Bazaar, editor-in-chief at Vogue and then consultant to the Costume Institute of the Met in New York, Diana Vreeland processed with a ‚magnificent gait’ – fashion and fashions of the 20th century.
The exhibition displays on the first floor a series of items and garments representing her passions: the Orient, the theater, the Ballets Russes, the Fortuny gowns that she collected for the Met, some models by Yves Saint Laurent and Givenchy that belonged to her and especially her understanding of fashion as something to be interpreted with free creativity.
On the second floor the cabinets have the function to evoke the exhibitions that Vreeland organized at the Met, which caused also fierce criticism; as a fashion editor, Vreeland would interpret fashion rather through associations and combinations than from a strictly historical point of view; the case with three green dresses - a Venetian costume of 700, a Palazzo Pyjama and a YSL suit- allude to the 'green room' of her shows, where garments and costumes were arranged by color rather than by chronological order.
In her exhibitions music, scents, lighting and the art to arrange the scene were all elements that involved the viewer in a real sensory experience, a true innovation that anticipated the theatrical character of the fashion shows of the 90ies.
Diana Vreeland, as the magazine People wrote, didn’t simply report fashion, she „predicted it, set it, personified it. Outrageous and eccentric in personal appearance, speech, and opinions, she became news by creating an image that it was instantly recognizable.“
Mariano Fortuny’s Venetian palace was chosen for the exhibition for its associations evocative of both the European aristocratic and cosmopolitan lives that Vreeland found irresistible. The Venice of Venetian balls featured in Vreeland’s society pages of Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue and her love of Orientalist styling which is now famous, Veruschka’s dramatic Japonisme or Turquerie. Venice has been chosen intentionally over London, New York or Paris in order to have an outsiders view.
Palazzo Fortuny, San Marco 3780 - San Beneto
Open everyday 10 am to 6 pm. Closed on Tuesday and on May 1st.
Admission: 10 Euros.
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