Venice on display at the Querini Stampalia

Venice on display at the Querini Stampalia
The largest view of Venice on display at the Querini Stampalia

WHERE Querini Stampalia Foundation


Campo Santa Maria Formosa WHEN From 18/05/2021 to 12/09/2021 From 10 to 18 (closed on Mondays) PRICE Reduced 10 euros; full 14 euros; up to 18 years free (for agreements see the official website) OTHER INFORMATION Editing 18 May 2021 13:55

A nineteenth-century Venice among gondolas, steamboats, plumes of smoke and Venetians walking around. There is time until 12 September to see the largest view of Venice ever made up close. It is exhibited by the Querini Stampalia Foundation on the occasion of the celebrations for the 1600th anniversary of Venice, before the panoramic view is then moved to Moscow, in the autumn, to the A. V. Schusev State Museum of Architecture.

Venice, tempera on paper
It is an unusual tempera on paper, just over one meter and seventy high, which develops for twenty-two meters in length, by the Venetian painter and decorator Giovanni Biasin, created in 1887 for the sixth edition of the National Artistic Exhibition, an event forerunner of the Biennale which lasted six months and took place in turns around Italy. The 1887 edition was organized in Venice and on that occasion Biasin created, with tempera colors, a 360 ° Venice on a long roll of reinforced paper. The shooting point, at water level, is approximately the center of the San Marco basin: the artist animates his view by inserting details of monuments, buildings, gardens and boats, giving the whole a light and narrative tone.

But these days it is also possible to visit another exhibition at the Querini Stampalia, entitled “A science fiction evidence Luigi Ghirri, Andrea Zanzotto, Giuseppe Caccavale”, on display until October 17. It is a project – curated by Chiara Bertola and Andrea Cortellessa and promoted by the Querini Stampalia Foundation and by the City of Pieve di Soligo in collaboration with the Zanzotto family on the occasion of the centenary celebrations of the birth of Andrea Zanzotto, who passed away 10 years ago – which compares photography, painting and poetry, opening a new opportunity for valorisation between the languages ​​of art.

In the center of the room, on a large table – like an island of documents and images – the photographs of Luigi Ghirri are composed together with some autographs and ceramics by Andrea Zanzotto and some drawings by Giuseppe Caccavale who, for the occasion, created a grandiose wall installation in the ancient Portego of the Querini Stampalia Library: the “Paper Mural”, an immense and airy watercolor that covers the walls of the great hall. The result is an unprecedented variegated and ultra-worldly landscape in which the artist combines figures, drawings, colors and words.

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