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Vittore Carpaccio at Palazzo Ducale | Venice

Next exhibition to be seen in Venice at Palazzo Ducale (please see link above) will be dedicated to Vittore Carpaccio (1465-1526) from March 18th until June 18th.

La prossima mostra da vedere a Venezia a Palazzo Ducale (si veda link sopra) sarà dedicata a Vittore Carpaccio (1465-1526) dal 18 Marzo al 18 Giugno, 2023.

Curated by the great art historian Peter Humfrey, Carpaccio’s new exhibition will be held in Washington (USA) and in Venice, with a selection of the artist’s best works.

Curata dal grande storico dell’arte Peter Humfrey, la nuova mostra su Carpaccio, si terrà sia a Washington che a Venezia con una selezione dei migliori lavori dell’artista.

Considerato una sorta di Ulisse della Venezia del XV secolo, l’artista venne riscoperto nell’Ottocento da John Ruskin che gli dedicò pagine raffinatissime.

Considered a sort of Ulysses of the XVth Venice, the artist was re-discovered in the 19th century by John Ruskin who wrote sublime lines on his art.

STAY TUNED For more info…

San Giorgio e il Drago

Arsenale: How will we live together?

This year, due to the Covid emergency, the Biennale of Architecture was postponed to May 2021 and will run until November 2021.

I had the privilege to visit the exhibition in the early days of its opening. It’s a stunning experience, including 112 participants from 46 countries coming from all over the world.

The whole exhibition is organised into five scales, three at the Arsenale and two in the central pavilion at the Giardini venue.

The Arsenale displays the first three scales, distributed as follows:

•Among Diverse Beings: Designing for new bodies & Living with Other Beings

•As New Household: Catering to new demographics, Inhabiting new tectonics, Living apart together

•As Emerging Communities: Appealing to civicness, Re-equipping society, Coming together in Venice, Co-Habitats

At the Giardini venue, you will embrace the other two scales: Across Borders and As One Planet.

In addition to these two shows, there are several installations scattered throughout the city of Venice, and also five related installations at Forte Marghera Park centred on a slightly different theme: How will we play together?

Significantly the curator of this Biennale is Hashim Sarkis, Chair at MIT. The Biennale Architettura displays multiple responses to the initial opening question that unfolds myriads of implications.

In his intense preface, Sarkis states that the question was asked because “we are not happy with the answers that are coming out of politics today.”

Architecture thus can offer alternative practices on how space is conceived. We need a new spatial contract. It has to be universal and inclusive.

Here’s some pictures to introduce you to this challenging journey!

Arsenale, urban mottos

Amended Service, 2021, Sandro Bisa’ Associati, Kathryn Moll, Nicholas de Monchaux
Chileans and Mapuche, Building places to get to know each other, Alejandro Aravena, Victor Oddo’, Gonzalo Arteaga, Diego Torres, Juan Cerda
Displaced Empire: Al Azraq Refugee Camp, Jordan, 2016-2019

Giuseppe Penone, Ideas of Stone, Elm, 2008

Moon Village Earth Rise, 2020, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill with European space agency
Interwoven, 2021, Leonmarcial Arquitectos
Material culture: Rethinking the physical substrate for living together, 2021 – Achim Menges, Jan Knippers, ICD, University of Stuttgart
Refuge for Resurgence, 2020, Superflux
Azra Aksamija, tessellation of the unfolded safety vests, together with the arrangement of coveralls, references to the Islamic architecture features of the Palazzo Ducale in Venice, Silk Road Works, 2020

How will we live together?

What are you waiting for?

TO BE Continued…

21 Novembre – Madonna della Salute

21 Novembre Festa della Salute

Every year on November 21st, here in Venice, we celebrate the Madonna della Salute (Our Lady of Health). The event dates back to the Xviith century, the Basilica was built as a tribute to the Virgin Mary – as a sign of gratitude for the end of the terrible plague of 1630.

Venetians pay tribute to the Madonna and pray together. Unfortunately, this year, due to Covid emergency, the traditional mobile pontoon that connects the two banks on the Grand Canal was not put in use, but people can still visit the Church and attend mass.

The icon of the Madonna Mesopanditissa – Mediator of Peace – was brought to Venice from Crete (Candia) by the Doge Morosini in 1670.

It is a very religious festival, still in use in these days, dedicated to all those who suffer.

Ogni anno, il 21 Novembre, qui a Venezia, celebriamo la Madonna della Salute. L’evento risale al Xvii secolo – la Basilica venne costruita come tributo alla Vergine Madre – in segno di gratitudine per la fine della terribile peste del 1630.

I Veneziani rendono omaggio alla Madonna e pregano insieme. Sfortunatamente, quest’anno, a causa dell’emergenza Covid, non è stato messo il tradizionale pontile mobile che collega le due sponde sul Canal Grande, ma le persone possono comunque visitare la Chiesa ed andare a messa.

Nel 1670 il Doge Morosini portò a Venezia da Creta (Candia) l’icona della Madonna Mesopanditissa – Mediatrice di Pace.

Una festa molto religiosa, ancora in uso in questi tempi, dedicata a tutte le persone che soffrono.

Pietro Negri – La Madonna salva Venezia dalla peste – part. 1673

October 9th newsletter –

Dear All,

here’s a list of things to do in Venice you may like

Cari Tutti,

ecco qui una lista di cose da fare a Venezia che vi potrebbe piacere


In San Polo, Palazzetto Bru Zane, violin and piano concert, Saint-Saens music, “esotism and feeling”, violin Maria Milstein, piano Natalia Milstein

7.00 pm

Info 041 30376

A San Polo, Palazzetto Bru Zane, concerto di piano e violino con musiche di Saint-Saens, “esotismo e sentimento”, al violino Maria Milstein, al piano Natalia Milstein


Info 041 30376

Jazz music @Laguna Libre, Microrchestra, 8.30 pm, Fondamenta Cannaregio 969, phone 041 2440031

At the Malibran Theatre a show dedicated to Salieri and Mozart, music by Mozart, libretto by Stephanie Gottlieb, “Der SchauspielDirektor”, Campiello del Teatro 5873, 19.00

Al Teatro Malibran, uno spettacolo dedicato a Salieri e Mozart, musica di Mozart, libretto di Stephanie Gottlieb, “Der SchauspielDirektor”, Campiello del Teatro 5873, 19.00


At Vapore, live music by Feather Mackenzie, Marghera, via Fratelli Bandiera 8, 19.30 e 21.30

Al Vapore, musica dal vivo con i Feather Mackenzie, via Fratelli Bandiera 8.


At Palazzo Grassi last day today, to see, “Cinemapocalissi”, post-porn productions. October 9th 2020.

More info here

A Palazzo Grassi, oggi, ultimo giorno per vedere “Cinemapocalissi”, post-porn produzioni, per info cliccare il link sopra.

At Ca’ Foscari there’s the short films festival, here’s the link

That’s all Folks, enjoy and have fun!

è tutto gente, buon divertimento!

Photo by Johannes Rapprich on

Venetian recollections | Diego Valeri

Here everything becomes a painting, everything turns into a painting. As there is nothing we can do against this sky, this water, this air, that mysteriously turn bricks and stones and geometries into pure colour and pictorial value. This city’s intimate essence, its very structure is made of paint. Who wants to have a real proof of this has to consider that here the genius loci has found a real expression and a final accomplishment in the painters’ works, here and only here.

Diego Valeri, A sentimental guide to Venice

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