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Fondazione Cini

Contemporary art exhibitions in Venice

Curiosity is the main energy

Robert Rauschenberg

Biennale Arte 2017, VIVA ARTE VIVA, Arsenale & Giardini Sant’Elena, running from May 13th to November 26th 2017;

Robert Rauschenberg & Andy Warhol at Fondazione Cini from May 12th to August 12th 2017;

Damien Hirst at Palazzo Grassi & Punta della Dogana, Treasures from the wreck of the unbelievable, from April 9th to December 3rd 2017;

Mark Tobey at Peggy Guggenheim Museum, in Luce Filante (Threading light) from May 6th to September 10th 2017

Walking and Talking #4: Giudecca and architecture

“A real building is one on which the eye can light and stay lit.”
Ezra Pound

The Giudecca is a small island just in front of the Fondamenta delle Zattere where ancient, modern and contemporary architectures coexist and represent a rare example of Venetian urban development.

East of the Giudecca, facing the bacino di San Marco, we can admire the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, the homonymous church was designed by Palladio and the island is the headquarters of Fondazione Cini, a famous international cultural centre with a library hosting more than 150,000 volumes.

The Junghans former industrial area of the Giudecca has been converted into a residential complex by the architect Cino Zucchi – the smokestack is still there – and a theatre.

The Molino Stucky  – an abandoned flower mill – is now part of the Hilton group.

In the same district, 94 houses designed by the architect Gino Valle. In Campo di Marte another group of social buildings by Alvaro Siza, Carlo Aymonino, Aldo Rossi and Raphael Moneo, with the reconstruction of a typical Venetian campiello.

The island offers an extraordinary array of architectures, beyond the famous Chiesa del Redentore by Palladio, and the Zitelle (the church of young maidens, wrongly attributed to Palladio), with two horizons, one along the Giudecca channel, and a hidden side opening towards the lagoon.

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