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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

Happy Holidays

Dear All,

Thank you for your visits and bookings! Wishing you all Happy Holidays, hoping to see you soon in VENICE.

Here few dates to remember if you are planning to come to Venice in the next six months:

January 6th Epiphany

February 4th – February 21st – CARNIVAL

April 25th – Liberation Day and in Venice St Mark’s Day

May 20th – November 26th – Biennale ARCHITECTURE curated by Lesley Lokko, The Laboratory of the Future

Festa del Redentore, July 15th – 16th

Wishing you all the Best, if you need further info, please do not hesitate to contact me via email and do not forget to subscribe to my Venetian blog!

Care Tutte/i

Grazie per le visite e le prenotazioni! Auguro a tutte/i Buone Feste, sperando di vedervi presto a Venezia.

Qui alcune date da ricordare se deciderete di venire a Venezia nei prossimi sei mesi:

6 Gennaio Epifania / Befana

Carnevale dal 4 al 21 Febbraio

San Marco e Festa della Liberazione 25 Aprile

Dal 20 Maggio al 26 Novembre Biennale di Architettura curata da Lesley Lokko, Il Laboratorio del Futuro

Festa del Redentore dal 15 al 16 Luglio

Vi auguro tutto il meglio e se avete bisogno di ulteriori informazioni non esitate a contattarmi via mail e ricordatevi di iscrivervi al mio blog veneziano!

Un grande abbraccio


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…

1600 years

Today it’s my Birthday, they say I was born on March 25th A.D. 421, according to historical chronicles that report the first stone used to built the Church of St James in Rialto, thanks to an ex-voto of a carpenter miraculously saved from a terrible fire.

I have too many memories of what has happened so far, sometimes I get confused, as each recollection entails another one and in the end each one of you out there, distracts me with another story, century after century the stories still go on.

If I have to take into account other events, today it’s also Dante’s Day, the father of the Italian language – the author of the Divine Comedy – it seems that the poet managed to come to Venice long time ago on September 1321, as ambassador for Messer Guido Novello, took malaria from a mosquito bite and died few days afterwards in Ravenna, the city with the splendid Byzantine mosaics.

They are going to celebrate me properly inside the Basilica of St Mark, my patron saint, whose story is part of my legend; his relics were stolen from Alexandria of Egypt by two Venetian merchants who covered the saint’s remains with pig’s meat in order to avoid the Muslim soldiers’ inspection, and since then he’s been buried here, despite the big fire that destroyed the whole structure in 972. Some fiction writers had also tried to link St Mark’s legend with the body of Alexander the Great, following the Macedonian star engraved in the stone of Saint Apollonia, fantarcheology or myth?

Year after year, ebb after ebb, flooding after flooding, I’m going back to my happy returns, telling just a tiny part of what I saw…

1600 anni

Oggi è il mio compleanno, dicono che sia nata il 25 Marzo 421 AD, secondo le croniche storiche che testimoniano la prima pietra usata per costruire la Chiesa di San Giacometto a Rialto, grazie all’ex-voto di un carpentiere scampato miracolosamente a un terribile incendio.

Ho troppi ricordi di quanto è successo finora, a volte mi confondo, visto che ogni ricordo si ricollega ad un altro e alla fine ciascuno di voi là fuori mi distrae con un’altra storia, secolo dopo secolo le storie continuano.

Se devo tenere conto di altri eventi, oggi è anche Dantedì, il padre della lingua italiana – l’autore della Divina Commedia – pare che il poeta riuscì a venire a Venezia molto tempo fa nel Settembre del 1321, come ambasciatore di Messere Guido Novello, prese la malaria dopo una puntura di zanzara e morì subito dopo a Ravenna, la città con gli splendidi mosaici bizantini.

Mi faranno una festa come si deve dentro la Basilica di San Marco, il mio santo patrono, la cui storia fa parte della mia leggenda, le sue reliquie vennero rubate da Alessandria di Egitto da due mercanti veneziani che coprirono le spoglie del santo con carne di maiale per evitare un’ispezione dei soldati musulmani, e da allora è sepolto qui, nonostante il grande incendio che distrusse l’intera struttura nel 972. Alcuni scrittori di narrativa hanno anche cercato di collegare la leggenda di San Marco al corpo di Alessandro il Grande, seguendo la stella macedone incisa nella stele di Sant’Apollonia, fantarcheologia o mito?

Anno dopo anno, marea dopo marea, inondazione dopo inondazione, mi rivolgo ai miei felici ritorni, raccontando solo una piccola parte di quello che ho visto…

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

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